[guest post by Dana]
We now come to find out that President Obama is tired of waiting for Congress to act on illegal immigration, so he is discussing ways to speed it up with Homeland Security’s Jeh Johnson.
White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest discussed it further on MSNBC:
“[W]e’re not just going to sit around and wait interminably for Congress,” he explained. “We’ve been waiting a year already. The president has tasked his Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson with reviewing what options are available to the president, what is at his disposal using his executive authority to try to address some of the problems that have been created by our broken immigration system.”
Earnest added that, although Obama was exploring executive action, it was “not a substitute for robust Congressional action” on immigration reform.
“That’s why we’re trying to focus on getting that done,” he concluded.
And in another Why Can’t Those Republicans Roll Over And Die Already briefing, Earnest
inferred blamed obstructionist Republicans for poor border security resulting in the surge of illegal immigrant crossings:
If we really wanted to solve this problem, one good way to do it is for those Republicans to get on board … and support common sense immigration reform.
Because enforcing the laws already on the books is not being on board with securing our borders and thus fulfilling the mandate our government is charged with. But of course, securing the borders isn’t what this is about.
And, to again evidence how inactive the Republicans are regarding illegal immigration and its consequences, the Democrats killed two bills that would have required companies to verify the legal status of people before they hire them, as well as another one that would stop the government from giving child tax credits to illegal immigrants.
Led by Senator Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), who claimed the hiring of illegal immigrants is causing a decrease in the wages of American workers and driving higher costs, the Accountability Through Electronic Verification Act, sponsored by Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa.), was rebuffed by Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.). It would appear that Durbin wants to put illegal immigrants before Americans:
Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) argued that this e-verify provision was in the Senate’s broad immigration bill that passed a year ago, and said Democrats aren’t looking to negotiate passage of sections of that bill.
“We are not going to take that bill apart piece by piece, as the senator from Alabama suggests,” Durbin said. “I object.”
Sessions said if the e-verify program can be accepted by Democrats in the larger bill, they should be able to approve it quickly this week.
“[I]f it’s so good, why don’t we bring it up and pass it now?” Sessions asked. “Why do we have to pass along with it a bill that will double the number of guest workers in the country, and would increase immigration?”
Sessions then tried to pass the Child Tax Credit Integrity Preservation Act, which would change the law to ensure illegal immigrants cannot receive child tax credit benefits. But Durbin objected again, and seemed to indicate he believes these benefits should flow to non-citizens.
“I want to make sure that working families with small children have the helping hand of our tax code,” he said. “I want to stop any fraud in any program in our tax code, but I don’t believe this bill is a balanced approach to solving the problem, and I object.”
That left a stunned Sessions to note that the Treasury Department’s Office of Inspector General has said $4.2 billion in child tax credits were given to illegal immigrants.
“I am flabbergasted, amazed that we would sit by and $4 billion in child tax credit payments to go out that are not justified,” he said.
Welcome to America, we’re always here to serve you…first!