“Sessions calls House border bill ‘surrender to a lawless president’”
Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) on Tuesday said the House’s proposed $659 million spending bill to address the border crisis is effectively a sign of surrender to President Barack Obama, since it contains no language that would stop Obama from granting amnesty and work permits to millions of illegal immigrants.
Sessions has warned that reports indicate Obama is planning to take this step, and that Congress must seek to defund this possible action or watch as expensive efforts to secure the border fail under the weight of an even bigger flood of immigrants.
“Any action Congress might consider to address the current border crisis would be futile should the president go forward with these lawless actions,” Sessions said. “Congress must speak out and fight against them. It must use its spending power to stop the president’s executive amnesty.
“That the House leaders’ border package includes no language on executive actions is surrender to a lawless president,” he added. “And it is a submission to the subordination of congressional power.”
Sessions also said the bill is “unworthy of support” because it failed to tighten up rules for granting asylum to immigrants. He said that means the new immigration judges the bill would fund would end up allowing more immigrants to stay in the U.S. longer.
“It is a plan for expedited asylum, not expedited approval,” he said.
Sessions’s comments were released just a few hours after the House released a bill proposing $659 million in more funds to secure the border and process the thousands of unaccompanied minors who have crossed the U.S. border.
The House bill is a more modest attempt to resolve the problem. It only spends money in the current fiscal year, in contrast to Obama’s proposal for $3.7 billion in new funds.
Or, another way of putting it is this: the House bill is a way to make sure we lose more slowly.
Incidentally, when Obama simply legalizes 5-6 million erstwhile illegals in direct contempt of existing US law — and we’re told it is not in our interests, politically, to try to impeach him — he will have gotten what he wants, the GOP leadership and the US Chamber of Commerce will have gotten what they want, and the veneer of an adversarial two-party system will continue apace, with the GOP fundraising on something it clearly doesn’t particularly oppose, and the Dems doing the same, while claiming a moral high ground.
So the only ones screwed are we, the people. But don’t worry: once “we” take back the Senate, we’ll be screwed will a bit less thrust. And not just because McConnell is likely limp as an old green onion stalk.