Forget Securing the Border!
Betrayal of the American People?
A Commentary by J. D. Longstreet
Again, it would appear, we have been fed another LIE.
Consider this: “Let’s be clear,” Rubio said. “Nobody is talking about preventing the legalization. The legalization is going to happen. That means the following will happen: First comes the legalization. Then come the measures to secure the border. And then comes the process of permanent residence.” (Emphasis mine) SOURCE: http://www.wnd.com/2013/06/gop-lawmaker-rubio-using-weasel-words/
Those are the words of Senator Marco Rubio as he spoke them in Spanish a few days ago before a Univision audience.
If Rubio was ever a true conservative he has made the fastest turn around in recorded history. He is now holding, tenuously, onto "RINO" (Republican In Name Only) and leaning, hard, toward liberal!
Rubio was the guy the Tea Party poured so much time, effort, and money (not to mention HOPE) into, only to have him turn on them and go rogue.
Mr. Rubio may feel their ire as the possibility of his becoming a "short-timer" in the Senate is coming into focus. There are some very angry Tea Partiers and some very happy leftist democrats in Florida who would welcome Mr. Rubio back home ... permanently. The word "sellout" is being heard on a somewhat regular basis these days as a description of Senator Rubio.
Another RINO in the Senate, this one from South Carolina, where conservatives are absolutely furious at him -- and chomping at the bit to get to a ballot box -- is predicting the immigration reform bill will pass with at least 70 votes. Senator Lindsey Graham said recently on NBC's Meet The Press: " ... the Senate will give the reform bill — which currently has a path to citizenship for the nation's 11 million illegal immigrants — overwhelming support.
“I think we are going to get plus 70 votes. I've never been more optimistic about it.”
Graham said passing the bill is a political necessity for the GOP. SOURCE: http://thehill.com/video/senate/305827-graham-predicts-breakthrough-passage-of-immigration-bill-with-over-70-votes#ixzz2WTxFROwI
I'm a native of the great state of South Carolina and still have a few contacts there even after an absence of some 50 years. They tell me the voters of South Carolina are outraged at Graham's adoption of the RINO philosophy, his close association with the Senate's archrino, John McCain, and are looking to bring Graham home when next he stands for election.
To simply say South Carolina is "conservative" and or "republican" is a vast understatement. Once outside the city limits of Charleston and Columbia, even South Carolina democrats are conservative -- to one degree or another. Senator Graham, whether he knows it or not, is in deep trouble at home, if my sources are anywhere near correct.
Now that Rubio has let the cat out of the bag about amnesty/citizenship first being the aim of the immigration reform bill, and that border security is NOT to be assured first, I suspect more voters than ever will be watching their senators very closely to see how they maneuver on this con game being run on the American people by the progressives -- of both parties -- in the US Senate.
From the Washington Times on Tuesday June 18th, 2013, we learn this:
Senators on Tuesday rejected building the 700 miles of double-tier border fencing Congress authorized just seven years ago, with a majority of the Senate saying they didn’t want to delay granting illegal immigrants legal status while the fence was being built.
The 54-39 vote to reject the fence shows the core of the immigration deal is holding. The vote broke mostly along party lines, though five Republicans, including Sen. Marco Rubio and the rest of the bill’s authors, voted against the fence, and two Democrats voted for it. SOURCE: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/jun/18/senate-rejects-border-fence/
Consider this from Senator James Inhofe of Oklahoma: “This is an amnesty bill that fails to address the serious problems and dire need for reform that is plaguing the U.S. immigration system." SOURCE: http://www.inhofe.senate.gov/newsroom/press-releases/inhofe-immigration-bill-may-weaken-current-law
Over in the House of Representatives, Speaker John Boehner is reported to have said that immigration reform is his top priority and that he may allow the bill to be brought to the floor without majority support. Already, republican voices are being heard demanding that Speaker Boehner lose his job as Speaker if he allows this to happen.
Many in Washington suspect there is a leadership plan to attempt to push the immigration reform bill through both houses BEFORE the Senators and Congresspersons leave DC for summer recess when they are sure to be confronted by their voters at home.
I cannot fathom how any government can even consider gracing anyone who is a known lawbreaker with amnesty for his/her crimes and confer citizenship upon that person to boot. In the real word they would be rounded up, locked-up, and in some cases, deported. In other cases, they must stand trial, serve their sentence if found guilty, THEN be deported at the completion of their sentence.
There is no deal the American people will accept that does not include securing the border. So far as this scribe is concerned, the ONLY bill I will support is a bill securing the border -- period. I cannot, under any set of circumstances I can conjure up, support amnesty or citizenship for anyone breaking into our country. NONE.
There is right and there is wrong. What the political leadership of America is trying to foist on the American people is WRONG and every last Senator or Congressperson supporting the Immigration Reform Bill should be voted out of office when next they stand for reelection.
There is no room for compromise here. This is as clear cut a choice as ever there was. It is a choice between right and wrong.
It seems to me that it says a lot about a people when the leaders they have elected actually feel they must discuss whether to do something that is right or something that is wrong, something that is good, or something that is bad. It says, frankly, that moral relativism has replaced God-given common sense and the ability to discern good from bad and right from wrong. Ultimately, it says we are a people bent on self destruction and that we will accept no other choice.
Look. If we can dig a ditch from the Caribbean Sea to the Pacific Ocean, called the Panama Canal, we can, sure as heck, build a wall from the Pacific Ocean to the Gulf of Mexico. Senators: Introduce a bill to that effective and watch the support pile up and your numbers at home sky rocket!
Of course, it won't happen. That takes the kind of courage no longer found in the halls of Congress.
We can reform immigration, right now, by simply stopping ALL immigration. Pull the plug. Hang a sign around Lady Liberty's copper neck saying: "Closed Temporarily." Then take as much time as is necessary to build the wall along the southern border, and make it far more difficult to immigrate LEGALLY. If it takes a decade or two, or three, fine. Make a real effort to get it right this time.
The plain truth is that if we don't do it, we will be revisiting this issue every few years with the same heated passions on both sides as there is today. All the while, we will be suffering the largest land invasion in the history of the North American continent.
© J. D. Longstreet