Promises, Promises, from Sen. Bob Corker on Fixing Immigration
For the record, here’s Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) talking about all the tough new border and immigration enforcement provisions that must be “fully” operational before any immigrant can get green card status.
This will be a good video for us all to re-visit in June of 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018. Since Sen. Corker was just reelected in 2012, he’ll be with us for the whole time. Let’s see what he has to say on each of those anniversaries.
Corker does not mention that what he calls “fully” operational is called “substantially” operational in the text of the bill. Who defines “substantial”? The bill doesn’t say.
What Corker also does not say is that virtually every enforcement or border security provision can be unilaterally overruled and/or waived by the Secretary of Homeland Security or by a judge if either determines that such waiver is “in the public interest”. “Public interest” is not defined.
On top of that, even without such a public-interest finding, the law says the border enforcement triggers shall be waived if litigation (e.g., EPA litigation?) has prevented their “substantial” operation, or some part of their operation is to be heard by the Supreme Court, or 10 years have gone by since enactment of the act.
See, for example, Sec. 3(c) Triggers and 3(d) Waivers …, page 857 of the current bill text:
(B) Exception. — The Secretary shall permit registered provisional immigrants to apply for an adjustment to lawful permanent resident status if
(i)(I) litigation or a force majeure has prevented 1 or more of the conditions described in clauses (i) through (iv) of subparagraph (A) from being implemented; or
(II) the implementation of subparagraph (A) has been held unconstitutional by the Supreme Court of the United States or the Supreme Court has grated certiorari to the litigation on the constitutionality of implementation of subparagraph (A); and
(ii) 10 years have elapsed since the date of the enactment of this Act.
These are “tough new measures”? Sorry, Senator Corker — this thing is all set up and pre-wired to be the 1986 failure, all over again, writ larger than ever. And you signed on to it.
Through waves of unlawful immigrants and the Left’s continued “generosity” with the earnings of American children not yet born, Democrats are working to mold a new, de facto class of federal citizens, beholden only to Big Government in Washington — a huge new block of citizens they can condescendingly treat as permanent voting livestock for the Democrat party.
From a Constitutional perspective, we are all witness to this next great abdication of Congressional authority to the Executive Branch
From a political perspective, once again Democrats have played GOP politicians for suckers. It’s another milestone in the Left’s 100-year quest for a permanent electoral majority and their beloved statist, neo-Marxist agenda.
Is it any wonder conservatives are giving up on the GOP? Thank you, Senators McCain, Graham, Flake, Rubio, Ayotte, Hatch, et al.
Corker’s video should be saved as Exhibit 1 in the GOP’s capitulation to Democrats in the matter of illegal immigration.
For a very different view from Corker’s, see the June 24 video below where Ted Cruz explains why the immigration bill is not designed to fix the problems of illegal immigration. Cruz outlines several other critical problems with bill, as amended.
Finally, watch the video at the bottom of the post where Sen. Cruz speaks directly from the floor of the Senate on June 24, just before the late vote on the Corker-Hoeven amendment.