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Centerism = Total Catastrophe

Update Statement from the White House Press Secretary

Today, the Schumer Democrats in the Senate demonstrated again that they are not serious about DACA, they are not serious about immigration reform, and they are not serious about homeland security.  They filibustered a proposal with an extremely generous path to citizenship because it also contained reforms that secured our border and secured our immigration system.  The Grassley bill was a compromise bill—as demonstrated by the fact that some conservatives opposed its very generous DACA provisions.  Yet, the Schumer Democrats chose to filibuster it because they are held hostage by the radical left in their party, which opposes any immigration control at all.  Today, they sided with an extreme fringe over the hardworking men and women of the Department of Homeland Security.  The Administration will continue advocating for an immigration package that includes border security, ending chain migration, cancelling the visa lottery, and a reasonable DACA solution—a proposal Americans support overwhelmingly.  And while radical Schumer Democrats align themselves with the open border fringe, the Trump Administration will continue advocating for the American people.  The next step will be for the House to continue advancing the proposal from Chairman Goodlatte and Chairman McCaul.

What’s the difference between what the establishment media and establishment GOP calls “centerism” and what our friends at NumbersUSA reckoned was one of the worst amnesty proposals to come to the Senate floor in a long time?

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The Schumer-Rounds-Collins immigration bill, the so-called centrist bill, would have allowed about 1.8 million immigrants brought to the United States illegally as children to remain, providing them an eventual pathway to citizenship. It also included $25 billion in border security and would have prevented the parents of “Dreamers” from being sponsored for citizenship.

“This is the only bill that has a chance to get through the United States Senate,” said liberal independent Sen. Angus King (I-Maine) during a press conference ahead of the vote.

The so-called centrist deal, backed by Sens. Susan Collins (Maine), Jeff Flake (Ariz.) and Lindsey Graham (S.C.) and other Republicans, represented perhaps the best chance for the open borders cabal to advance amnesty legislation in the Senate.

Sounded good to many, until they read the fine print.

NumbersUSA released a pre-vote statement saying the organization “is shocked that members of the United States Senate would propose legislative language that effectively gives amnesty to every illegal alien currently in the United States who has not been convicted of a serious crime, as well as anyone who is able to enter our country illegally or overstay a visa over the next four months.

NumbersUSA went on to point out that “By requiring the Department of Homeland Security to prioritize enforcement efforts only against criminal aliens and illegal aliens who enter AFTER June 30, 2018, the 17 sponsors of the Schumer/Rounds/King amendment make clear that they are interested only in amnesty and encouraging more illegal immigration.”

This amendment is not a serious proposal and does not deserve serious consideration, let alone a vote, in the "world's greatest deliberative body" said the NumbersUSA statement.

Still as the vote approached it was not entirely clear that the so-called “centerist” bill would fall short of the 60-vote threshold required to advance it to a vote.

Then President Trump fired-off two tweets that clarified everything, for everyone:

The Schumer-Rounds-Collins immigration bill would be a total catastrophe. @DHSgov says it would be “the end of immigration enforcement in America.” It creates a giant amnesty (including for dangerous criminals), doesn’t build the wall, expands chain migration, keeps the visa...

...lottery, continues deadly catch-and-release, and bars enforcement even for FUTURE illegal immigrants. Voting for this amendment would be a vote AGAINST law enforcement, and a vote FOR open borders. If Dems are actually serious about DACA, they should support the Grassley bill!

As Jacob Pramuk and Ylan Mui reporting for CNBC observed, President Trump and conservatives criticized the bill for what it lacked — broad changes to family-based or “chain” immigration and the elimination of the Diversity Visa Lottery program, two demands from the president.

The White House in warning the president would veto it said the bill “would undermine the safety and security of American families and impede economic growth for American workers” and result in “a flood of new illegal immigration in the coming months.”

The Department of Homeland Security separately said the proposal “ignores the lessons of 9/11” and “destroys” the ability of the department to remove undocumented immigrants from the country.

In addition to veto threat, the White House asked the bill's sponsors to withdraw their support for it, calling the measure "grievously misinformed" and "catastrophically bad." Administration officials, who declined several requests from reporters to speak on the record, did not indicate to reporters which lawmakers the White House pressured.

"We're just hoping that some of the people who sponsored it were completely unaware of what was in it," one official said. "Maybe it can be chalked up to a long series of drafting errors compounded on top of one another."

One lawmaker called out by name was Sen. Lindsey Graham, whom the officials repeatedly called an "obstacle" to immigration reform.

The public should question "whether Lindsey Graham's presence on those bills is the problem," one person said according to Pramuk and Mui. "If he wants to be part of the solution, he should work with not against the rank-and-file professionals at the Department of Homeland Security."

President Trump was right – the Schumer-Rounds-Collins immigration bill is a catastrophe.

Much as the establishment media and open borders Republicans on Capitol Hill would like to present the Schumer-Rounds-Collins bill as a “centerist” proposal, there’s nothing “centerist” about granting amnesty to millions of illegal aliens and who knows how many thousands of illegal bordered crossers who would arrive between now and June 30, 2018.

We urge CHQ readers to call the toll-free Capitol Switchboard (1-866-220-0044) to ask for House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy. Tell Rep. McCarthy there should be no path to citizenship for illegal aliens, and that if Republicans must do an immigration reform bill, the only game in town is the Securing America's Future Act (H.R. 4760) sponsored by House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte, and that H.R. 4760 sets a FLOOR for immigration policy below which no legislation should go.

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Demorat hypocrisy

What must be understood is the Demorats are dependent on open borders. They will sacrifice DACA to preserve open borders. I have come to believe Trump made that offer of amnesty for DACA illegals to expose the Demorats for who and what they are. The radical left, which totally controls the Demorat Party, will defend open borders to the end, for 3 major reasons. 1. The more immigrants, legal and illegal, the larger the permanent Demorat voting base grows. 2. The more unskilled and uneducated the lower the standard of living overall becomes. This translates into more dependency on government which translates into more dependency on Demorats. 3. The more unskilled and uneducated immigrants the more societal demographics move toward total permanent socialism. The ultimate goal of the radical left. That goal is now within reach, and most likely would have been realized with the done deal election of Hillary. Which is why the Radical Left (read Demorat Party) is so livid with Trump and the votes who support him.