Topic A: Congress caves on ‘Executive Amnesty’

US CapitolBy The Iowa Statesman


Remember that election a few months ago, where Americans resoundingly rejected the policies of an out-of-control presidency and demanded Republicans in Congress change course? Yeah, we do, too.

Apparently Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) didn’t get the message. Following a contentious battle in the Senate that led McConnell to strip out any provisions of a Department of Homeland Security funding bill that dealt with President Obama’s “Executive Amnesty” plan, the House voted for the Senate’s “clean” version of the bill, 267-162, with all 182 Democrats and 75 Republicans voting for passage.

The only way to stop “Executive Amnesty” now is via more “judicial supremacy.”

Phyllis Schlafly called this move an “audacious scheme for winning future elections” for Democrats. Meanwhile, the president of the National Citizenship and Immigration Services Council, the labor union that represents 12,000 U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services officers and staff, is saying  our current immigration system “leaves us vulnerable to terrorist threats and terrorism in general by providing entry avenues for people sworn to destroy America.”

Kenneth Palinkas said: “This is accomplished by lessening the vetting of each and every alien who applies for permanent residency or citizenship in the U.S.

“By not scrutinizing each and every applicant to the fullest extent possible to ensure America’s security, we invite an even more catastrophic event then what occurred on 09/11/2001. It is more than likely that any attack from terrorists will come from within the borders of the U.S, and it is further likely that ISIS or Al Qaeda would try to launch these attacks by obtaining a visa or working with elements already here on visas.

“We must remain diligent and not continue lessening our guard against extremists who seek to destroy this nation. We must not govern based on politically correct clichés about relaxed immigration that only serve to weaken the country.”

How bad is it? According to The Washington Times, lawyers in the State of Texas’ case against President Obama said the administration processed about 100,000 applications for amnesty for “DREAMers” under some of the expanded rules the president announced last year.

This all begs a few serious questions:

How long can John Boehner hang on as Speaker of the House?

Why were Republicans more effective when they didn’t control both houses of Congress?

Why has the GOP put the interests of K Street ahead of those of Main Street?

These aren’t questions we should be asking less than 100 days into a new Congress.