When asked what are the prospects for immigration reform before the November 2014 elections, Derrick Morgan, the Heritage Foundation’s vice president for the Institute for Economic Freedom and Opportunity, said Monday that “it’s pretty clear that there won’t be any kind of comprehensive bill like was passed in the Senate. That seems to be dead on arrival in the House.”
While such a bill may not pass and reach the President’s desk for a signature, lawmakers and immigration reform advocates are still discussing getting something “much smaller done.” The prospects are dim even for that, Morgan suggested, due to a lack of trust in President Obama on immigration and on many other matters. “What Republicans are looking for in the House is a President who will enforce the laws,” Morgan said.
Beyond the politics of immigration, Morgan explained some of the economic effects of immigration on the United States, specifically with regard to government programs.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is reportedly transporting illegal immigrants from Mexico and central America detained in Texas to Arizona.
Hundreds of undocumented immigrants detained as far away as Texas are being released under supervision in Tucson. But getting to their next destination leaves them on their own.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, has said that it does not want to put children in detention centers and it does not want to split up families. ICE releases those families with the condition that they contact ICE for their next court date once they reach their destination in this country.
But last weekend ICE dropped more people at the downtown Greyhound station than there were seats on the buses.
Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu was on on Fox News’ ‘Your World with Neil Cavuto’ Tuesday where he made a very simple request of the Obama Administration: “simply enforce the laws.”
Next week, the House is expected to take up the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). It is expected that Rep. Jeff Denham’s (R-CA) Encourage New Legalized Immigrants to Start Training, or “ENLIST,” Act (H.R. 2377) will be added as an amendment to NDAA.
ENLIST Act would allow DREAMers—unlawful immigrants brought to the U.S. as minors—to acquire lawful permanent resident (LPR) status in exchange for military service. Exchanging military service for amnesty is wrong. It undermines the rule of law and encourages future unlawful immigration. This proposal would add insult to injury by politicizing the NDAA.
House Democrats are promoting a discharge petition to force a vote on the Senate’s amnesty bill, and they’re not likely to get enough Republican support — 218 signatures — for it to work. But there is no shortage of pressure from outside groups for Congress to make amnesty law. In a moment of pure candidness, Chris Newman, general counsel for the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON), recently stated:
The best way for a good [immigration] bill to pass this year is for the president to use his legal authority to reduce deportations and expand protections for illegals. That would compel House Republicans to come to the table in good faith.
In other words, Newman is asking President Obama to legislate unilaterally to protect illegal immigrants, until Republican lawmakers, having seen the error of their ways, vote for a bill that would make amnesty the law of the land.