- Certain Republicans need to get with the program
Daily Caller has two articles today focusing on matters important to resolving the illegal immigration problem. Some Republicans need a kick in the butt in the House and the second article tells of some in the Senate, like Romney,who are just pathetic as they are compared to some of their betters who have come around.
Seven Republicans in the House broke with their colleagues by voting for an amnesty bill Tuesday that would grant protection from deportation to illegal immigrants and give millions a path to permanent citizenship status.
The seven Republicans were:
Nebraska Rep. Don Bacon
Florida Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart
Pennsylvania Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick
Texas Rep. Will Hurd
Washington Rep. Dan Newhouse
New Jersey Rep. Chris Smith
Michigan Rep. Fred Upton
The American Dream and Promise Act passed the House with a vote of 236-187. The legislation was brought forward by Democratic California Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard and will provide permanent status to illegal immigrants who came to the U.S. illegally as minors, as well as to those living in the U.S. under Temporary Protected Status.
Apprehensions of immigrants have increased every month since January. There have also been more than 100,000 encounters at the southern border in both March and April.
Migrants are pictured occupying the Paso Del Norte Bridge on November 4, 2018 in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. (Photo credit: PAUL RATJE/AFP/Getty Images)
The legislation would make it so 2.1 million immigrants “would be eligible under the measures for Dreamers, undocumented immigrants who arrived in the United States as children.”
House Judiciary Committee Republicans criticized Democrats for pushing the bill forward, listing reasons why amnesty should not be granted to illegal immigrants. (RELATED: House Passes Mass Amnesty Bill Which Would Give Millions Of Illegal Immigrants A Path To Citizenship)
President Donald Trump’s administration has already threatened to veto the legislation, saying it would be “undermining key administration immigration objectives and policy priorities, such as protecting our communities and defending our borders.”
The bill is likely to be shut down in the Republican-controlled Senate.
A number of Republicans in the Senate are standing with President Donald Trump over his threat to apply tariffs to Mexico on Tuesday after several party members spoke out against it.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday that “there is not much support in my conference for tariffs” and he is hoping that the tariffs are not implemented. Other Senators also decided to speak out against Trump’s threat.
Utah Republican Sen. Mitt Romney said he will not support applying a tariff to Mexico, saying he “would not be inclined to vote [for] a tariff against a friend,” Politico reported Tuesday.
Oklahoma Sen. James Lankford reportedly also criticized Trump’s threat, saying the White House “is trying to use tariffs to solve every problem but HIV and climate change.” (RELATED: GOP Divided On Trump’s Mexico Tariff Threat)
However, a number of Republicans are in favor of applying tariffs to Mexico, such as Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, who said in a Wednesday:
I don’t generally like tariffs either. But what alternative do my GOP colleagues have to get #Mexico to secure its southern border, use the Isthmus of Tehuantepec to screen northbound rail cars & vehicles & act on intel we proved on human traffickers?
Senator Thom Tillis before the hearing. Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh testified in front of the Senate Judiciary committee regarding sexual assault allegations at the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill Thursday, September 27, 2018. (Photo by Erin Schaff-Pool/Getty Images)
Republican North Carolina Sen. Thom Tillis also defended Trump’s move, saying “I think it’s more likely the tariffs go on,” and that it would be “foolish” for Republicans to try to block the presidents move, in an appearance Tuesday on Fox News.
“I don’t think they’ll do that. If they do, it’s foolish. There is nothing more important than borders,” he continued.
Another senator who has supported Trump’s proposal to apply tariffs to Mexico, is Alabama Republican Sen. Richard Shelby. He told reporters on Capitol Hill Monday he is “not a tariff man,” but that he thinks “if it leads to a better trade agreement, I can understand his strategy.” Shelby also said, “well, if it doesn’t work you are right where you are. Probably have nothing to lose.”
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy defended Trump, according to the president, who tweeted a quote attributed to McCarthy.
“House Republicans support the President on Tariffs with Mexico all the way, & that makes any measure the President takes on the Border totally Veto proof. Why wouldn’t you as Republicans support him when that will allow our President to make a better deal.” Thank you @GOPLeader
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 5, 2019
This all comes after the House passed a vote Tuesday that would grant protection of deportation to illegal immigrants and give millions a path to permanent citizenship status.
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