Shorter Obama: Why Won’t House Lawmakers Let Me Bully Them into Passing Senate Amnesty Bill?
A year ago yesterday, the Senate introduced the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act (S. 744). Since then, the House has not taken up the legislation due to President Obama’s refusal to enforce federal laws — including current immigration laws — he deems unworthy of enforcement and his unilateral creation of laws Congress has not passed, not to mention the terrible policy in the bill.
Growing impatient, President Obama called House Majority Leader Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA) Wednesday to ask House Republicans to hold a vote on the Senate-passed immigration overhaul, which would give amnesty to illegal immigrants.
House Republicans “seemingly [prefer] the status quo of a broken immigration system over meaningful reform”, the President said in a statement. “Meaningful reform” is, in this instance, a loaded term.
If by that he means putting amnesty before actual border security, then yes, it would be meaningful. Amnesty would mean “$6 trillion in net future costs as unlawful immigrants gain access to the full range of government benefits, including welfare and entitlement programs.”
“Instead of advancing common-sense reform and working to fix our immigration system, House Republicans have voted in favor of extreme measures like a punitive amendment to strip protections from ‘Dreamers.’,” the President added. But as Heritage noted in January:
In the immigration area, The Department of Homeland Security announced it will not enforce our nation’s immigration law against so-called “dreamers” by issuing a memorandum, after Congress has repeatedly refused to pass the DREAM Act.
What the President calls “meaningful,” “common-sense” reforms are policies that would be deleterious to American society. The Heritage Foundation recommends reforms that foster the “freedom, security, and prosperity of all Americans in equal measure.” The Senate’s amnesty bill would fulfill none of those needs.