House Speaker Paul Ryan announced Tuesday that Republicans would vote to join more than half the states in America in a lawsuit challenging President Obama’s executive orders on illegal immigration. “This executive amnesty is a direct attack on the Congress’s Article I powers under the Constitution,” Ryan said. “The president is not permitted to write law. Only Congress is. The House will make that very clear.”
Obama’s order has been frozen by the courts and the administration has appealed the case to the Supreme Court. House Republicans intend to file an amicus brief in support of the states trying to put a halt to his unlawful amnesty.
Meanwhile, Customs and Border Protection Commissioner R. Gil Kerlikowske testified before the House Committee on Appropriations, and he had harsh words for Border Patrol agents who opposed the president’s actions. “If you really don’t want to follow the directions of your superiors, including the president of the United States and the commissioner of Customs and Border Protection, then you really do need to look for another job,” he said.
Kerlikowske was responding to Brandon Judd, the head of the National Border Patrol Council, who told Congress in February that Obama’s shifting enforcement priorities were inviting a state of chaos. Judd said that illegal immigrants without felony convictions only needed to claim they had been in American since before 2014 and they would be released. Judd said they didn’t even need to back up their claims with any evidence.
Kerlikowske denied that characterization on Tuesday. “I would not stand by if the Border Patrol was releasing people without going through all of the formalities,” he said.
Discrepancies aside, though, it’s painfully obvious that Obama has set up a situation where immigration officials are encouraged to ignore the law. This not only puts Border Patrol officers in danger, it acts as a big, bright sign to immigrants: Come on in – the water’s fine! Obama may not be legally allowed to put his amnesty program into practice, but he can still stretch “prosecutorial discretion” to the point where federal law becomes virtually worthless.
“When it comes to catch and release, Border Patrol agents are the only ones following the law,” said NBPC vice-president Shawn Moran. “The commissioner can dress it up any way he likes, but even though we are documenting people, they are being released into American society, never to be seen again.”
Oh, they’ll be seen again. They’ll be seen registering to vote for Democrats when the party can muster the political will to push it through. Obama can talk about kindness and acceptance until the cows come home, but this is nothing more than a transparent plot to add millions of government-dependent voters to the rolls. This party is willing to break the law, compromise national security, and sacrifice our very sovereignty if it means gaining electoral dominance.
Republican leaders think Donald Trump will destroy their party? If he makes good on his immigration promises, he might be the only man who can save it.