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Senators Now Push ‘Border Surge’ They Attacked

From the Washington Examiner:

Immigration reformers embrace once-unthinkable expansion of border personnel

By BYRON YORK | JUNE 20, 2013

On June 12, Republican Sens. John Cornyn and John McCain, along with Democratic Sen. Charles Schumer, got into an argument… Cornyn proposed adding 6,500 [Border Patrol and Custom agents to] the Gang [Of Eight's] bill.

That was too much for McCain and Schumer, both Gang members. "If you are adding either additional border patrol or customs agents … where does your money come from?" McCain asked Cornyn. "We are talking about personnel costs that are incredibly expensive."

Cornyn said he would use funds already provided for in the legislation. McCain scoffed, suggesting Cornyn had no grasp of "first-grade mathematics." "I think it is incredible that the senator should stand there and say, ‘Yeah, we are adding these thousands of personnel, but there is no additional cost,’" McCain said. "That is not possible."

Then Schumer jumped in. If the government had to pay for those 6,500 new positions, he argued, there would be no funding left for drones, fencing, and new technology to secure the border. "We do not have that kind of money," Schumer told Cornyn. "Its cost goes through the roof."

And the problem went beyond cost, Schumer and McCain said. The U.S. simply doesn’t need that many more border patrol agents, and hiring them would be both ineffective and a waste of money. "Most experts have told us [border patrol agents] will not do close to as good a job as the drones and the helicopters and the more mobile assets," Schumer said.

So imagine Cornyn’s surprise when, eight days later, McCain and Schumer took to the Senate floor to celebrate a new plan that would add not 5,000, not 10,000, but 20,000 new border patrol agents on the U.S.-Mexico border.

[Schumer now says] "The idea that broke the logjam is the border surge." Adding 20,000 new border patrol agents, he declared, is an idea "breathtaking in its size and scope."

Cornyn stood nearby, incredulous. "My amendment was disparaged by the distinguished senior senator from Arizona and the distinguished senior senator from New York as being a budget buster," Cornyn said, his voice rising. "I was told we don’t need more boots, we need technology. Now, I find to my shock and amazement, the distinguished senior senator from Arizona saying we need 20,000 more border patrol." His voice rising to a shout, Cornyn challenged: "How much is it going to cost?"

The answer appears to be about $30 billion, a number McCain and Schumer would have said was insane just a few days ago. Now they were rejoicing. What had changed?

The Gang of Eight senators pointed to the new Congressional Budget Office report which claims immigration reform will reduce the deficit by $175 billion over the next 10 years. As the Gang sees it, that’s money to spend. The CBO report, Schumer said, "gave us the budgetary flexibility to consider massive new investments in border security."

Which, again, is exactly why the CBO made up these ‘savings’ in the first place.

But Schumer had also argued that adding new border patrol agents was both ineffective and wasteful. No longer.

What was going on? The fact that Schumer and McCain flip-flopped so dramatically suggests there might have been some other factor at work in their change of heart. And there was. The issue wasn’t about money, it was about triggers…

The point for the Gang is to make sure no border security obstacle stands in the way of the legalization of today’s illegal immigrants. For Schumer, McCain, and their colleagues, that’s far more important than consistency.

All of this really just shows that the Democrats do not have the 60 votes to pass their bill. And they are now willing to agree to anything to get the votes for immediate legalization, which is all that matters to them.

They know that once they have that, the rest will follow like the night follows the day. And there will be no way to stop full blown amnesty or the rest of the agenda.

And they also know that no one will dare to try to hold them to their promises about securing the border. Which, after all, will just offend all of these 11 million ‘new Americans.’

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

3 Responses to “Senators Now Push ‘Border Surge’ They Attacked”

  1. Petronius

    I suppose it would be in bad taste to point out that immigration policy is supposed to operate in the interest of the United States and the American people, and not in the interest of foreigners?

    Byron York : “far more important than consistency.”

    Yes, a foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds. And with Chuckie Schumer and John “comprehensive reform” McCain we’re talking about some really small minds … sneaky, devious, vicious, and corrupt, of course, yet petty and small-minded to boot.

    By the way, border security can be made to pay for itself. Rather than rely on lollipops, rainbows, and unicorns from the CBO, simply impose fees on immigrants –– fees for visa applications, green cards, petitions for adjustment of status, asylum applications, appeals, motions, and fines for employers of illegals. Milk the immigrants, instead of letting the immigrants milk us.

    • Noyzmakr

      Now that’s a good idea. Someone here said we should make the fine for employing an illegal $250K each. Sounds like a good start.

      This report just shows that the “8 gangsters” are just corrupt liars who will say and do anything to do the will of their puppet masters who pay their bills, fly them around the world on their private jets, put them up in posh hotels and fill their gold rimmed glasses with champagne.

      Justice demands their last moments involve a blindfold and a cigarette.

    • Petronius has said it. I hear gang of 8 guys telling us that if the Republican party ever wants to win another election that they need to pass “comprehensive” immigration reform. Not only do they tell us, they lord it over us. They readily admit that their main reason for considering this is that they want the “latino” vote. So apparently the reason to get into government is to get votes so you can stay there. It’s an admission that an awake and aware America SHOULD use as a reason to remove these people from their positions of power. But the majority of us seem to take that position in stride and try to argue with it in terms of winning elections. We should be arguing that anyone who puts his own position of power, or the position of his party before the well being of the USA should be removed from any position of power and investigated for breaching their oath.


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