Gang of Eight Bipartisan Legal Immigration Reform Bill Advances [With GOP Strong Enforcement & Border Amendment]by Dee Dee Garcia Blase on Jun. 24, 2013, under Legal Immigration Reform
The Bipartisan Gang of Eight Legal Immigration Reform Bill advances.
Not one single House Republican Representative of our U.S. Congress can deny their own fellow cohorts have included strong enforcement and border security moving forward when Senator Bob Corker, R-Tn., commented on an amendment he co-authored with Senator John Hoeven, D-N.D., to bolster security on the nation’s southern border as part of the immigration bill now being considered by the Senate.
Here are Corker’s comments:
“Some people have described this (amendment) as a border surge…(W)e are investing resources and securing our border (in ways that have never been before: doubling the border patrol, $3.2 billion worth of the technology that we took from the chief of the border patrol, the technology that he needs to have 100 percent awareness and to secure our border, dealing with the [entry]/exit program, dealing with e-verify so that all of these things are in place,” Senator Corker said on the Senate floor.
Personally, I believe Corker’s and Hoeven’s amendment is excessive and supports Big Brother technology that I don’t agree with, nonetheless, this puts Republicans in the House in a difficult position because this strong enforcement and additional border security surge essentially leaves them no room for excuses.
The Gang of Eight Immigration Reform bill is legal immigration that must be worked on by our federal government via Congress.
Now the pressure is going to fall squarely on House Speaker John Boehner’s shoulders where he will have to remind his colleagues that:
- Border and Enforcement Support nearly doubled.
- Net migration is at zero.
- Gang of Eight is bipartisan.
- Brings those who have been living here for years and years out of the shadows of society — thus creating the much needed new tax payers.
- If the GOP House members do not vote in support of a historic legal immigration fix … the Republican Party will look like the restrictionist/protectionist Dixiecrats of yore.
- The GOP will not be competitive in the 2016 Presidential elections as Mexican-Americans / Latinos will remember in 2016 how Party members voted during the crucial CIR vote of 2013. [Latino voters punished the GOP during the 2012 Presidential elections in light of Republicans voting against the DREAM Act of 2010.]
According to POLITICO:
The support of 67 senators from both parties for a so-called “border surge” deal on Monday strongly signaled that a sweeping overhaul of the nation’s immigration laws will clear the Senate later this week.
The amendment, from Republican Sens. Bob Corker of Tennessee and John Hoeven of North Dakota, cleared a procedural vote in the Senate 67-27. Fifteen Republicans voted in favor of cloture, and zero Democrats broke from their party to oppose the measure.
The overwhelming vote Monday accelerates the Senate momentum for immigration reform as its supporters race toward a self-imposed July 4 deadline to pass the bill. The Gang of Eight authors have inched closer to a supermajority of votes that could be as high as 70 after the group struck a deal with Corker and Hoeven that bolsters security resources for the U.S.-Mexico boundary.