WASHINGTON – It’s a trap.
That’s what Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, thinks about the plan fashioned by GOP House leaders to solve the border crisis.
He believes it is an attempt to pass so-called Comprehensive Immigration Reform by another name because, not only does it not address the issue of amnesty, it would leave the door wide open for President Obama to extend amnesty to many more millions of illegal immigrants.
Another big problem in King’s eyes is that the revised plan that came out of a GOP House meeting on Friday is a “package,” or collection of many different ideas.
And, he told WND, “A package has no chance at becoming law and has every chance of coming back to us with who-knows-what hung on it. All it becomes is an excuse for us to say we did something.”
Instead, the congressman offered his simplified plan to fix the border crisis in less than a week.
- “Monday, I would pass a resolution that was Rep. Trent Frank’s (R-Ariz.) idea, that says, ‘These are all the things the president did to cause this (crisis), and this is what he needs to do to fix it.’ The National Guard should be called up by all the border state governors.”
- “Tuesday, I would send the Senate a fix to the 2008 bill (that requires all minors from Central America have lengthy judicial hearings before any deportation) as a stand-alone bill. That would take the fig leaf away from the president and the Democrats. Even though it’s not the cause of this problem (he believes the prospect of amnesty is luring the immigrants), it will take away the excuse.”
- “Wednesday, I would send the Senate a stand-alone appropriations bill that gives funds directly to the states to send the National Guard to secure the border.”
- “Thursday, I’d put the other good ideas that have been suggested into a much-smaller package bill and send it to the Senate.”
Rep. Kay Granger, R-Texas, had released her draft of the House leaders’ plan on Wednesday, which contained a litany of proposals but nothing addressing amnesty.
However, after a meeting of GOP House members on Friday morning in which conservatives had a chance to register their input, she said the plan had been pared-down to “bare-bones suggestions,” primarily: revising the 2008 law; allowing Border Patrol agents to access federal lands; deploying National Guard troops; assigning more immigration judges; and a call for greater cooperation with Central American countries to repatriate unaccompanied children.
What she called “bare-bones,” King still saw as an over-ambitious attempt to cobble together too many plans in one package.
King said if the House simply passed his four proposals, Congress would have done everything it could and “removed some of the tools people are using to play politics. ”
Otherwise, he said, Congress will have subscribed to the president’s agenda for the rest of his term, which is “open borders.”
WND asked King if he thinks Obama is even interested in securing the border.
Not mincing words, the adamant Iowan said, “This president will not secure the border. He’s more likely to build the Keystone XL Pipeline twice than he is to secure the border.”
And that’s why King believes the House plan is so risky. The congressman told WND he is afraid Obama will tweak his policy called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, to extend amnesty to more illegal immigrants.
Obama implemented DACA on June 15, 2012, to unilaterally extend amnesty to illegal immigrants who arrived as children after Congress refused to pass the DREAM Act.
Now, King is concerned “the president will just take a couple of components of DACA and erase them, such as the date you had to be here by, and one’s age. If he does that, its like an amnesty for everyone.”
So, WND asked, would the House package bill just open the door for Obama to pick and choose what he wants and make up the rest?
King said yes, because Obama has demonstrated he will do that, over and over again.
He said the solution to the border crisis lies not with the president, but with the states.
“We have to send a strong message that the only way, the only way, we’re going to secure the borders is if the border-state governors do so with the National Guard and their other law enforcement services,” the congressman insisted.
“And the only way we in Congress can help is to appropriate funding directly to them. Because this president will misappropriate any money that we say should go to the border states. That’s just how it is with this administration.”
Should Govs. Jan Brewer, R-Ariz., and Susana Martinez, R-N.M., follow suit and do what Gov. Rick Perry, R-Texas, did and just send the National Guard to the border on his own authority, while hoping the federal government will pick up the tab?
“I don’t think I should weigh in on that yet. I don’t know how critical their need is right now. But if the border is secured in Texas, then the pressure will shift to Arizona and then it will be necessary.”
Joining King, Rep. Steve Stockman, R-Texas, pointed out, “The National Guard has the right to arrest people. That’s why it is the best tool to restore law and order on the border.”
The Texan also said the reason it is so tough to fix this problem is because the president isn’t really interested in fixing it.
“Obama is trying to create this crisis so that he can execute his immigration policy.”
The Democrat-controlled Senate is trying to help that policy by voting on a $2.7 billion bill that would fund the immigrants’ journey through the long legal process but make no policy changes at all, and make no attempt to stem the surging tide of illegal immigrants.
In an interview with WND last week in which he called the surge of immigrants a bigger invasion than the allied landing on the beaches of Normandy, Stockman essentially called that idea dead in the water.
He remarked, “I don’t think House Republicans want to fund a bunch of trial attorneys so they can give contributions to his (Obama’s) coffers. The money should be directed at building a wall, completing a wall and helping the children directly, in terms of food and aid.”
The revised House plan is less than $1 billion but House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, may be hard-pressed to get the 218 votes he would need to pass it.
King has an unlikely ally in House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., in that she wants to deal with the 2008 law separately.
However, her motives are diametrically opposed to King’s.
For one thing, she knows all Democrats will vote against anything that changes the 2008 law.
For another, she has bigger game in mind.
Putting her cards flush on the table for all to see, Pelosi declared, “What is happening at the border is a case for passing comprehensive immigration reform.”
Stockman was headed to the Texas border town of McAllen on Friday night. King and Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., were due to arrive Saturday, along with a number of other members of Congress.
WND Senior Staff Writer Jerome Corsi will be there with a camera crew to report on what they find.
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