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Boehner Prepares to Pay Obama's Amnesty Extortion

By: Daniel Horowitz | January 13th, 2015

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Just as the ink dried on our column praising Republican House leadership for proposing a solid bill defunding Obama’s amnesty, Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) has, once again, reminded us why we are all so leery of offering positive feedback on GOP leadership.  Although he is giving conservatives what they want in the first round of legislation, with six weeks to go until the funding deadline for DHS, Boehner appears to have other tricks up his sleeve.

By now, Obama can see straight through Boehner’s equivocation with full confidence that he will never engage in brinkmanship.

When asked by a reporter during a press conference whether he would be open to passing a “clean” DHS funding bill (without defunding amnesty) before the February deadline, Boehner demurred, saying “our goal here is to fund the Department of Homeland Security.”  He refused to stand before the American people and say in no uncertain terms that the people’s House will fund every aspect of the DHS but not one penny for lawlessness.  By now, Obama can see straight through Boehner’s equivocation with full confidence that he will never engage in brinkmanship.  Then again, Boehner already told Obama to “do what you gotta do” on executive amnesty.

It is even harder to take Boehner seriously on DHS funding, and an even bigger slap in the face, when he is preparing to pay Obama’s extortion by proposing amnesty bills before the February 28 DHS funding deadline.  This, from Breitbart’s Jonathan Strong:

Rep. Aaron Schock (R-IL) said the outlines of the specific legislation that will be considered are still unclear, but he said he expects in time that Boehner will bring bills addressing border security, visa reform, aliens brought to the U.S. illegally as children and “what do you do with the 12 million who are here illegally.” […] “Certainly, you have to do visas because 40 percent of those living here illegally came on a legal visa and have overstayed their visa, so we need an improved visa enforcement program. And then, you gotta deal with the kids, and then you gotta answer the question what do you do with the 12 million who are here illegally. So I think those step-by-step bills are what he outlined right before the last election that was the goal for the House. And I think now that we have a Senate that will work with us, that’s the plan,” Schock said.

True immigration reform – one that places our economic and national security interests before those of illegal immigrants – would require implementation of enforcement before any discussion of amnesty.

If you listen carefully to recent comments from members closely aligned with GOP leadership, you will notice a familiar pattern.  Instead of opposing amnesty, they merely eschew a comprehensive bill and focus on the need for “step-by-step” proposals.  They say the effort must begin with border security but always reveal their end game – negotiating with Obama on amnesty.

This latest development is disturbing for several reasons.  First, even if amnesty was a good policy idea, Congress should never establish a precedent of negotiating with a president who defies the law and implements his own edicts.  For that reason alone, Congress should never pass an immigration bill until Obama leaves office unless he rescinds the executive orders.  Obama’s executive actions must not be legitimized by using them as the baseline from which to craft an immigration bill.

More importantly, as Senator Sessions (R-AL) noted in his manifesto on immigration, “‘Immigration reform’ might be the single most abused phrase in the English language.”  True immigration reform – one that places our economic and national security interests before those of illegal immigrants – would require implementation of enforcement before any discussion of amnesty.  Boehner and his allies think that by passing a weak border security law on February 1 and an amnesty bill on February 20, it would constitute “enforcement before amnesty.”  The reality is that this is not a legislative problem; it’s an implementation problem, and the enforcement mechanisms will certainly not be enacted as long as Obama is president.

Our Founders didn’t fight a war so that we would have a president who wields more power than King George.

True immigration reform would mean that said measures – a border fence, visa tracking, local and interior enforcement, and walling off the welfare state – are actually implemented and pass muster with the courts before any discussion of amnesty.  That is a matter of years, not days or weeks. 

Furthermore, most of the enforcement proposals are already laws on the books, yet this president has nullified them.  What is the point of passing new laws during this presidency that merely reiterate the current laws he refuses to follow?  No immigration bill should be brought to the floor during the next two years aside from prima facie security laws that actually improve current law and project a bold contrast – such as laws that clamp down on immigration from volatile parts of the world or tighten up our refugee and asylum policies.

As we noted yesterday, all conservatives should unite and pass the solid DHS funding bill tomorrow.  But conservatives should keep their eyes wide open and prepare to lay down the law with those who seek to appease a lawless president by negotiating legislative amnesty in return for easing off executive amnesty. 

Earlier today, it was reported that a historian at the Library of Congress told Senator Sessions that even King George III lacked the ability to suspend laws duly passed by the English Parliament during the era of the Revolutionary War. Our Founders didn’t fight a war so that we would have a president who wields more power than King George.  When it comes to protecting our borders and sovereignty from this president, Republicans should rally behind the old American battle cry against extortion, "Millions for defense, but not one cent for tribute!”


Daniel Horowitz is Senior Editor of Conservative Review. Follow him on Twitter @RMConservative.

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