Key Amnesty Critic Warns: Border Bill Could Open Door to Dreaded Conference Committee

Matthew Boyle, Breitbart, July 15, 2014

Virtually every key House Republican, from Speaker John Boehner on down, has vowed to oppose a conference committee with the Senate’s immigration bill passed last year. And lawmakers working to craft legislation to address the tens of thousands of children streaming across the southern U.S. border say it won’t touch citizenship for illegal aliens, increased visas, or any other topics than border security.

But a key veteran of the immigration wars on Capitol Hill is warning that legislation to amend a 2008 law being cited for cumbersome, years-long deportations would theoretically open the door to a conference committee on the controversial amnesty bill.

Proposals to strengthen the law, including one introduced by Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) and Rep. Henry Cueller (D-TX), “opens up whatever bill this is in to a conference with the Senate Gang of Eight bill,” said Rosemary Jenks, the legislative director for NumbersUSA, a group that opposes amnesty as well as increased legal immigration.

“Our proposal would improve the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2008, treating all unaccompanied minors equally and ensuring Due Process under the law in a timely, fair manner,” Cornyn, who voted against the Gang of Eight bill last year and has usually demonstrated a fairly strong anti-amnesty record, said in a statement about the bill he and Cueller introduced Tuesday.

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“Cornyn, like so many other Republicans, has been distracted by this shiny object, which is the 2008 anti-trafficking law,” Jenks said in a phone interview. “It is just ridiculous to assume that changing this law that affects less than 20 percent of all the illegals coming across the border right now is going to fix the problem.”

“If it goes through the House first, it will be conferenced in the Senate,” Jenks said. “Think about what that means. I cannot imagine why people don’t get this. McCain and Graham and Schumer are talking in the pages of the New York Times about how they will attach part or all of their bill to whatever comes through on this. . . .  This is why the whole idea that you can do targeted policy changes is ludicrous.”

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), a sponsor of the Gang of Eight bill, told the Times the legislative address to the border crisis is “a way to start securing the border in line with the Senate bill. If you could use this as an opportunity to beef up the border, I think it makes future immigration reform more likely.”

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All these deliberations are ongoing as Senate Budget Committee ranking member Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) says there shouldn’t be any new spending or legislation unless the president uses his current powers to stop more executive amnesty.“Certainly, DACA and the President’s other numerous unlawful policies must be terminated,” Sessions wrote in a letter his office hand-delivered to every member of Congress on Monday. “But as a first step, Congress must not acquiesce to spending more taxpayer dollars until the President unequivocally rescinds his threat of more illegal executive action.”

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  • In any other time, I would be worried about this.

    I don’t think they’re going to run a scam like this so close to election day while everyone is watching.

    • WR_the_realist

      The scam will happen right after the November elections. Politicians are venal, but they aren’t stupid.

  • dd121

    Back door, hell! Obama has already gone through the front after he kicked the door off the hinges without asking anyone.

  • LACountyRedneck

    Go check out NumbersUSA is you haven’t already.

  • Border security is looking like something We the People are going to have to do our self.

  • Conrad

    I would like to remind everyone that under the Reagan administration the government gave 4 million Mexican invaders amnesty BUT promised that from now on the government would make sure that Mexicans obeyed the laws.
    With that in mind, there is ONLY one right thing to do, DEPORT every Mexican that has entered the country since that law was passed.
    Footnote – All immigration into the USA has been aimed at destroying America since 1965, and therefore was & is an act of treason.

    • LHathaway

      That’s true. Every time leftists got what they want and the granting of citizenship it was paired with ‘concessions’ and promises to clamp down on the border and properly keep out new arrivals.

  • mobilebay

    Why in heaven’s name would any administration want to give citizenship to people who broke into its country? What they are saying is, “We approve and encourage criminals and welcome them into our nation. What’s more, we are going to confer our most precious possession on them by making them American citizens.” Is that sane?

    • Sick of it

      This administration is headed by a non-American pretending to have a right to run for public office in America. A muslim who despises the western world. I’m surprised he hasn’t done worse yet.

      • mobilebay

        Give him time, Sick. He has more than two years to do us in completely.

      • WR_the_realist

        I don’t believe Obama is a Muslim. Like many left wing Democrats he is probably an atheist or agnostic, but like most politicians he finds it expedient to pretend to adhere to some brand of Christianity (in his case, of the Reverend Wright variety). I believe Obama really was born in this country, but probably didn’t have the father most people think he had.
        (See www(dot)youtube(dot)com/watch?v=tDQTi-U4sdg.)

        • Sick of it

          You could be right re: his father, but he was raised among muslims in Indonesia. He was adopted into his stepfather’s muslim family. He speaks excellent Arabic. He seems to go out of his way to support every muslim holy day.

        • Conrad

          I am sure that his mother & grandmother, both hard core Communists that hated their own race, imbued his mind from day one, with their hatred for this nation & the people that built it.

  • Shadow

    The day any immigration bill is allowed to go into conference,is the day the G.O.P. officially commits suicide.

  • TruthBeTold

    Oh, there’s going to be backdoor amnesty.

    What I see is the lame ducks voting for it to give us the finger on their way out.

  • M&S

    >
    The 2008 law has dominated discussions about legislative remedies to the border crisis, in which 57,000 unaccompanied children have been smuggled into the U.S. so far this year, resulting in frequent abuse and a significant number of deaths.
    >

    Kill the Coyotes. Targeted assassination apparently is acceptable for foreign terrorists mucking about in their own homelands, why not a DIRECT INVASION THREAT (57,000 is only 6,000 short of _Three Divisions_) of our homelands?

    And since the Coyotes are undoubtedly using illegal drug smuggling routes and networks, send SOCOM down south to handle Mexico’s drug problem as well. Or is that too big of a backdoor profit? We all know that the SOF are just the brotherhood militante` of the CIA when it comes to securing drug profits. Just ask the Afghans.

    >
    “Cornyn, like so many other Republicans, has been distracted by this shiny object, which is the 2008 anti-trafficking law,” Jenks said in a phone interview. “It is just ridiculous to assume that changing this law that affects less than 20 percent of all the illegals coming across the border right now is going to fix the problem.”
    >

    57,000 is still 57,000 and 20% attrition in a military context would be considered a crushing defeat which need be repeated only 5 more times to make the threat unable to continue operations.

    It’s also a good strategy for use on the hill. You folks give Obama way _too few_ fires to put out. He lands punch after punch and you do NOTHING to swing back with counter legislation which is essentially admitting you are not in it to win it as a bunch of Whiskey Delta’d careerists.

    The Russians have a saying: “Make your enemy defend everywhere and he will defend nowhere well.” Which is the same as saying if you send something to Conference and don’t like what the Senate proposes as a merger of the Gangbangers Of 8 legislation with your own, **Reject It Outright** and force them to reject your next piece of legislation and the next and the next until it becomes clear that Congress doesn’t work BECAUSE ONE SIDE IS NOT FOLLOWING THE WILL OF THE PEOPLE.

    57,000 is still 57,000 and 20% attrition (from 285,000 total immigrants thus far) in a military context would still be considered a crushing defeat which need be repeated only 5 more times to make the threat unable to continue operations.

    Have this and you have your hook to hang the bastards by: “Look, see, we’re doing what is needed, they are blocking us at every turn. And the President is helping them.”

    >>
    “If it goes through the House first, it will be conferenced in the Senate,” Jenks said. “Think about what that means. I cannot imagine why people don’t get this. McCain and Graham and Schumer are talking in the pages of the New York Times about how they will attach part or all of their bill to whatever comes through on this….This is why the whole idea that you can do targeted policy changes is ludicrous.”

    >>

    Idiots. Either attach something so heinous that the Other Team (Team MexicUS) will have to give away Go8 to get rid of it. Or _do what I said_ and follow Obama’s lead in generating legislation after legislation which is simply, solely and wholely about proving a point: ONE PARTY is willing to gut punch the illegal immigration problem and the other is sandbagging to prevent the progress which WHITE Americans, still the majority, want on No Amnesty, No Excuses, Borders Secured _Now_.

    I find it difficult to believe that this is a group of politicians who are afraid to use confrontational adversarialism to get the full check and identify an enemy so that, in turn, all efforts can be put against passage of ANY legislation that personalized enemy puts forward and ALL publicity can be turned on him, his sponsors and the entire IDEA of this travesty can be attacked, through it’s agents.

    This is pure Alinsky you dummies, you worship that monster so why don’t you ACT on his attack doctrines?

    At best, inaction makes you look like morons. At worst, it makes you look like politicians.

    Which is to say secretly holding hands across party lines on this and lying about it only when you move your lips.

    >
    “When you are trying to put out a fire, you train the hose on the source of the inferno, which in this case, is Obama’s lawlessness and DACA,” Horowitz said. “The 2008 trafficking law is a shiny object that clearly had nothing to do with causing the crisis and is only notionally problematic in stopping it.”
    >

    You’re not firemen, so stop pretending to be heroes.

    You should have _predicted_ this and acted upon it, far earlier.

    Seeing trends and acting to support positive ones is what leaders are paid to do.

    Heroes only have to step in when it’s already gone to bleep and everyone else is running the other way.

    OTOH, /soldiers/ are paid to eliminate the arsonist so that he can’t get away with doing it again. That certainty of retribution being what keeps us safe from wannabes who see the example made.

    Attack Obama and you make it a war which the side which has the right of democracy will win.

    Until you add a third element to destabilize the loggerheads condition you will never get anywhere because you will not be able to attach the issue to the fire starter and kill one as you destroy the other’s reputation.

    If you won’t attack a black because you are afraid of the R-word then you need to seriously step aside for folks that will call the spade a felon and act accordingly to make him justify himself, in public, on the illegal procedures of his actions so that you can them indict his logic for the simple reason that he thought the idea such a poor one that it could only be done in secret, through arbitrary action.

    CONCLUSION:
    Texas has a personal stake in this so there is no Greater Good there. They should have been all over this, like Arizona was, for at least a decade, forcing The Feds sue them at every turn. But you, you people are either ineffectual or playing for the other side.

    And if you think Americans are going to put up with that, you watch _us_ call a conventional. A Constitutional One which begins with the premise that we are endowed with the right and duty to recall or impeach anyone who, hired on a promise, fails to execute our will.

    Because, IMO, only yearly referendums which constantly put the politician on a probationary notice of potential firing can reverse the massive corruption of the political process to whatever lord and master you now really serve.

    Because you certainly don’t serve Us.

    We. The. People.

  • jayvbellis

    I will send another $350 donation to Amren for the first Amren reader to physically get in the face of some open borders RINO Congressman, US Senator, bloody their nose .

    Lisping Lindsey Graham, Lamar Alexander, Rand Paul, so many easy targets. Pussies, cowards, use fists, not guns and bombs. Don’t feel bad if you are a bit older, on social security, just wade in there. You can take them, become a folk hero.

    God bless.