The Republican Party has no idea what any sense of loyalty is when it comes to Donald Trump.
The way that everyone with a lick of sense should be looking at this whole thing is to first remember that as the sitting chief executive Donald Trump is the head of the Republican Party.
People should also be looking at that arrangement the same way one would look at the relationship between the manager of a baseball team and the players. Sure, the players can sort of swing the bat however they want but it’s generally a good idea to listen to what the manager of the team says.
On Friday over forty House Republicans voted against a bill that would have secured funding for the Presidents’ border wall.
The bill would have also addressed Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and an E-verify with additional conservative provisions.
Members instead voted for an amended version that provided more border security funding, granted DACA recipients with a temporary protection status and no room for citizenship and also included other features. The bill did not go far.
Thursday the bill failed in the House in a 193-231 vote.
The members said they voted against the bill because leadership altered the bill before the final vote.
This added on amendments and provisions they deemed amnesty. A compromised proposal was rolled out by the leadership after a conference meeting on June 11.
From fbnewscycle: The unwillingness of Republican congressman and senators to protect our southern border is an act of treason. These are not stupid persons. They do, however, have a plan for America that is not unlike that of Angela Merkel’s for the European Union. It’s a plan that Americans soundly rejected in the 2016 presidential election.
When Americans elected Donald Trump it was largely because he promised to build a wall to deter the flow of illegal aliens across our southern border. Once elected President Trump laid out a comprehensive reform policy that included a lot more than the wall.
Trump was even magnanimous enough to give his opponents (that includes a good number of Republicans) a two-fold increase in DACA amnesties. In return he asked for hard-to-argue with common sense security measures. Among them are:
- A fully funded border wall
- An increase in deportation agents
- Strict limits on chain migration
- A crackdown on sanctuary cities
- Permitting federal agents broader latitude to turn illegal immigrants away at the border
- Permitting federal agents broader latitude to detain illegal immigrants when they’ve been identified in the interior
- Streamlining the deportation process
Everyone walks away happy, right? Not right. That was in 2017.
At the end of January 2018, Trump spelled out his plan again when he delivered the State of the Union address to Congress. CBS insta-polls found overwhelming support for the president’s plan:
Now, with the emergence of Andrés Manuel López Obrador as Mexico’s likely next president, Americans have every right to ask just WTF are our elected leaders waiting for?
Obrador’s plan is based on the reality that a massive flood of immigrants across our southern border, in numbers that dwarf the current levels, would overwhelm the culture, economy and political system of those border states. The result would be a massive drain on the economy of the United States as well as a cultural sea change.
If we know this then Congress knows this. And, they’ve known it for a long time. So when Congress voted down the Goodlatte Immigration Reform Bill this week, a bill that wasn’t near perfect but was a solid jumping off point for securing the border with Mexico, it became time to start listing the names of Republicans who refuse to fix the problem. Forty-one Republican congressmen voted against protecting our border. Along with the entire Democratic caucus these are our enemies:
- Paul Gosar (Ariz.-4)
- Andy Biggs (Ariz.-5)
- Jeff Denham (Calif.-10)
- David, Valadao (Calif.-21)
- Steve Knight (Calif.-25)
- Dana Rohrabacher (Calif.-48)
- Mike Coffman (Colo.-6)
- Mario Diaz-Balart (Fla.-25)
- Carlos Curbelo (Fla.-26)
- Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (Fla.-27)
- Drew Ferguson (Ga.-3)
- Mike Simpson (Idaho-2)
- Peter Roksam (Ill.-6)
- Steve King (Iowa-4)
- Thomas Massie (Ky.-4)
- Justin Amash (Mich.-3)
- Fred Upton (Mich.-6)
- Erik Paulsen (Minn.-3)
- Frank LoBiando (N.J.-2)
- Tom MacArthur (N.J.-3)
- Chris Smith (N.J.-4)
- Leonard Lance (N.J.-7)
- Rodney Frelinghuysen (N.J.-11)
- Pete King (N.Y.-2)
- John Faso (N.Y.-19)
- Elise Stefanik (N.Y.-21)
- Tom Reed (N.Y.-23)
- John Katko (N.Y.-24)
- Michael Turner (Ohio-10)
- Steve Russell (Okla.-5)
- Ryan Costello (Pa.-6)
- Brian Fitzpatrick (Pa.-8)
- Bill Shuster (Pa.-9)
- Kristi Noem (S.D.-At-large)
- Louie Gohmert (Texas-1)
- Will Hurd (Texas-23)
- Mia Love (Utah-4)
- Barbara Comstock (Va.-10)
- Dan Newhouse (Wash.-4)
- Cathy McMorris Rodgers (Wash.-5)
- David Reichert (Wash.-8)
The sad part is it wouldn’t have made a difference if they had passed the bill. There’s a firewall waiting in the senate for any legislation that will fix our immigration problems.