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Border Surge (Sham) Make 70 Votes Possible (Lie)

From the Politico:

70 votes now possible for immigration deal

By SEUNG MIN KIM | June 20, 2013

The Senate Gang of Eight edged closer to supermajority support on its immigration bill with Thursday’s breakthrough agreement on border security and other measures meant to attract wavering Republican senators.

Negotiators said as many as 15 GOP senators who were on the fence [sic] will now be inclined to vote for the landmark bill that revamps the U.S. immigration system and gives a pathway to citizenship for millions of undocumented residents due to the agreement drafted by Republican Sens. Bob Corker of Tennessee and John Hoeven of North Dakota.

If that happens, the immigration reform bill crafted by the Gang of Eight would be much closer to reaching 70 senators in its favor, which some Gang members have wanted, and leaders say such a broad bipartisan majority could inject serious momentum into the immigration debate as it moves into the GOP-controlled House.

Right. We are supposed to believe that the Democrats not only have the 60 votes to pass this bill, but they even have 70, just to make a statement. And yet Harry Reid is not calling for a vote. — Sorry, but that is not possible.

All of these claims are just part of the Democrats efforts to stampede the Republicans into believing that amnesty is inevitable.

Thursday’s agreement helps smooth the path to final approval of the bill in the Senate by the July 4 recess, leaders said. “It is safe to say this agreement has the power to change minds in the Senate,” said Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), one of the architects of the immigration bill…

Corker and Hoeven’s plan includes a package of five conditions — or triggers — that will have to be met before current undocumented immigrants can ultimately obtain green cards.

The administration would have to get a comprehensive border security plan in place, hire an additional 20,000 border patrol agents, complete a 700-mile fence along the border, get an E-Verify system up and running and create an electronic entry-exit system at air and sea ports of entry.

As we have previously noted, the Hoeven-Corker amendment would build the 700 miles of fence that was supposed to be built in 2006, but never was. It would created employer sanctions that have never been enforced, despite already being the law. It would ‘track visas,’ which is another law that is already on the books, but which has never been enforced.

In fact, it is a laundry list of things that the Senate has repeatedly voted down over the years and even in the last few weeks. It is a total sham.

The additional investments along the United States-Mexico border are expected to cost north of $30 billion, but the savings identified by the Congressional Budget Office this week would pay for the new security plan…

So now we know why it was so important for the CBO to ‘cook the books’ to claim that amnesty will save nearly $900 billion over 20 years.

It’s not just undecided Republicans who might be more inclined to vote for the immigration bill with the Corker-Hoeven deal.

West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin, who has repeatedly broken from his party on border measures since floor debate began last week, told POLITICO that Thursday’s agreement makes the immigration bill “very much more palatable.” Arkansas Sen. Mark Pryor has also expressed concerns about border security and has been talking with Corker and Hoeven about their plan.

“I’m voting for everything I can to secure our borders,” Manchin said Thursday.

And never mind that the CBO also claims that the Senate bill will only reduce illegal immigration by 25%. Our news media and the rest of the Democrats pick and choose what they want to believe from the CBO.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Friday, June 21st, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

One Response to “Border Surge (Sham) Make 70 Votes Possible (Lie)”

  1. Noyzmakr

    I was watching Sen. Jeff Sessions on CSPAN this morning. As of 11:30am the Corker-Hoeven amendment hadn’t even been filed so this story is just a lot of wasted bytes.

    According to Sessions, this “8 gangsters” bill is nothing like what the sponsors have promised. Not even close! It waters down existing laws and even the border agents and their union oppose it. That says it all.


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