President Trump won the 2016 election in an electoral landslide after promising to build a border wall and crack down on illegal immigration.
But Republican politicians know what’s best for the voters.
And now six Republican lawmakers filed a discharge petition to protect illegal alien Dreamers.
This is YOUR Republican Party.
The Hill reported:
A handful of House Republicans filed a discharge petition on Wednesday intended to force votes on a series of immigration measures — including legislation to protect so-called Dreamers.
The discharge petition, which is intended to discharge legislation forcibly from a committee, would force the vote if a majority of House members sign on to it. Democrats have been pressing for an immigration vote in the House, and the petition would likely need about 30 Republican signatories.
GOP Rep. Carlos Curbelo (Fla.) filed the motion, and was quickly joined by RepublicanReps. Jeff Denham (Calif.), Will Hurd (Texas), Mario Díaz Balart (Fla.) and David Valadao (Calif.) as initial sponsors.
All five are in competitive races this year. The Cook Political Report lists Curbelo’s and Denham’s races as tossups.
Republicans who support immigration reform have grown increasingly frustrated at leadership over inaction on the issue, and the filing of a discharge petition is an attempt to go around leadership to force a vote on the floor.
The discharge petition would specifically force a vote on a “Queen of the Hill” rule that would lead to votes on a series of competing immigration proposals. Which ever measure won the most votes would be the legislation approved by the House.
Rep. Will Hurd is a huge Trump basher who opposes the Trump border wall.
New Discharge Petition could force votes on several no-strings amnesty proposals
Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R-Fla.) has launched a Discharge Petition in an attempt to force a vote on Rep. Jeff Denham's (R-Calif.) H.Res.774.
H.Res.774 is a House Resolution that, if passed, would require votes on several DACA amnesty proposals with the proposal receiving the most votes, and at least 218 votes, officially adopted by the House.
This is a clear effort by a small group of House Republicans to pass a no-strings amnesty against the wishes of the American people and their Party's leaders.
The Discharge Petition already has signatures from 17 House Republicans. If a total of 25 House Republicans and all Democratic Representatives also sign on, it would reach the necessary 218 signatures to force a vote on Rep. Denham's amnesty Resolution
VOTE EM OUT ALL OF THEM
THE FEW GOOD ONES LEFT LIKE JIM JORDAN; MATT GAETZ ; AND SOME OTHERS ARE THE ONLY ONES WORTH KEEPING.
THEY ARE DESTROYING THE COUNTRY AND DO NOT CARE A BIT ABT US. GET RID OF THEM ALL
Half of all Americans now live in ‘sanctuaries’ protecting immigrants
Study finds surge in those jurisdictions
By Stephen Dinan - The Washington Times - Thursday, May 10, 2018
About half of all Americans now live under sanctuary policies that shield illegal immigrants from law enforcement, according to the latest tally of jurisdictions that the Federation for American Immigration Reform is releasing Thursday.
FAIR calculates there were 564 states and municipalities that refuse some level of cooperation with federal immigration authorities as of April 1, up more than 200 since President Trump took office and up more than 500 compared with a decade ago. There were just 40 sanctuaries when President Obama took office.
Entire states such as California, Illinois and New York are now sanctuaries, as well as major cities and counties such as Fairfax, Montgomery and Prince George’s counties and the District of Columbia in the capital region, according to the list.
Combined, the sanctuaries on FAIR’s list cover 49 percent of the country’s population, The Washington Times calculated.
“This is just an astounding and a dramatic surge of sanctuary jurisdictions,” said Bob Dane, executive director at FAIR. “They’ve doubled in just two years, and if you game that out, if the exponential growth continues, it’s not going to be long before it’s accurate to say the U.S. is a sanctuary country.”
While there is no official definition of sanctuaries, FAIR counted any jurisdiction that bans police or other officials from asking about immigration status, forbids communication with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or refuses to hold likely deportees for pickup by ICE.
The organization scoured local government policies, looked at press reports and used ICE’s own set of reports last year listing jurisdictions that refused to honor “detainer” requests to hold illegal immigrants.
FAIR’s numbers are higher than other counts, such as the Ohio Jobs and Justice Political Action Committee, which has been tracking sanctuaries for years, or the ICE detainer list, which was started then quickly discontinued last year.
The surge in sanctuaries began under Mr. Obama, with an average of three sanctuaries per month added during his two terms, according to FAIR statistics. Mr. Trump, meanwhile, is seeing an average of 16 new sanctuaries each month.
California looms large on the list. More than 130 of the sanctuaries are in the state — including more than 80 that are new additions to the list, reflecting the anti-Trump sentiment of the West Coast.
Some jurisdictions embrace the sanctuary label, such as the District of Columbia. Mayor Muriel Bowser says the city is proud of the work it does to shield illegal immigrants.
Others object to the label.
“Fairfax County is not a sanctuary county or sanctuary city,” Virginia’s largest jurisdiction says on its website.
Fairfax says its officials try to comply with federal laws regarding information sharing, so that makes it a “welcoming community” but not a sanctuary.
FAIR says the county is a sanctuary because it tells police not to ask about immigration status even during an arrest. The group says Fairfax also refuses to hold immigrants for pickup by ICE — a courtesy most police give to other police departments, but increasingly refuse to give to federal immigration authorities.
Fairfax officials also bowed to complaints from immigrant rights activists last month and blocked ICE representatives from speaking at a public committee meeting last month where the county’s cooperation limits were being reviewed.
Mr. Dane said that while it’s generally Democratic politicians who have defended sanctuaries, it’s up to Mr. Trump to find a way to stop them.
That means continuing to harangue Congress to pass legislation punishing sanctuaries and sending even more deportation officers into sanctuaries to go after illegal immigrants, Mr. Dane said.
“Trump owns this problem. The buck stops on the president’s desk, even though it’s not his fault,” he said.
The House last year passed a bill to crack down on sanctuary cities, but the Senate was unable to clear a Democratic filibuster when the issue came to the upper chamber this year. Just four Democrats joined Republicans in voting to crack down on sanctuaries — leaving them six votes shy of the 60-vote threshold to end the filibuster.
Sanctuary city defenders say communities of immigrants — including those in the U.S. legally — feel more comfortable knowing their local officials refuse to cooperate with the federal government. They say immigrants are less likely to report crimes if they fear they themselves will be turned over for deportation.
In the first months after Mr. Trump took office, Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck said there was a marked drop in reports of rape or spousal abuse among Hispanics.
As controversial as they are, sanctuary cities have also been remarkably effective in their goal of keeping people out of the hands of ICE.
For example, jails in Southern California jurisdictions such as Los Angeles and Orange County used to provide a steady pipeline of migrants who either were in the country illegally or were in the U.S. legally but whose crimes made them deportable. With California now a sanctuary state, that pipeline is severely limited.
ICE officials say a single deportation officer sitting in a jail checking names could identify and interview perhaps 10 deportable migrants each day. But without access to jails, ICE has to send out entire teams to track down each person — a process that involves time-consuming stakeouts and the danger of an encounter in the community.
A Migration Policy Institute report this week said California accounted for 23 percent of ICE arrests in 2013 but just 14 percent in 2017.
Nationwide, sanctuaries are so effective that ICE arrests from jails and prisons have dropped from more than 85 percent of the total from 2008 to 2011 to less than 70 percent now under the Trump administration, the institute said.
thanx time to go to the phones
Thanks Bonnie :-)
the GOP traitors breaking away from Paul Ryan to try to ramrod through Amnesty with a discharge petition are within 6 votes of having enough to unify with Democrats to proceed!
They have 19 of the 25 GOP lawmaker signatures they need and here are the names of the GOP Amnesty backers who have signed Denham's petition. (Below)
|Wednesday, May 9, 2018|
|1. Carlos Curbelo||Florida||26|
|2. Jeff Denham||California||10|
|3. David G. Valadao||California||21|
|4. Will Hurd||Texas||23|
|5. Mario Diaz-Balart||Florida||25|
|6. Mia B. Love||Utah||04|
|7. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen||Florida||27|
|8. Charles W. Dent||Pennsylvania||15|
|9. Fred Upton||Michigan||06|
|10. David G. Reichert||Washington||08|
|11. Mike Coffman||Colorado||06|
|12. Chris Collins||New York||27|
|13. John J. Faso||New York||19|
|14. Mark E. Amodei||Nevada||02|
|15. Elise M. Stefanik||New York||21|
|16. Leonard Lance||New Jersey||07|
|17. Ryan A. Costello||Pennsylvania||06|
|Thursday, May 10, 2018|
|18. Stephen Knight||California||25|
|19. Diana DeGette||Colorado||01|
|Motion to Discharge a Committee from the Consideration of a Resolution|
May 9, 2018
|To the Clerk of the House of Representatives:|
Talk, but little action, from GOP Leaders as Party begins to splinter over no-strings amnesty FRI, MAY 11TH Will GOP Leaders in the House use action to back up their words? That'll be the question when the House returns to session next Tuesday. As you're probably already aware, Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R-Fla.) filed a Discharge Petition on Wednesday in an attempt to force a vote on H.Res.774, introduced by Rep. Jeff Denham (R-Calif.). If the Discharge Petition is successful, and the House passes H.Res.774, it would set up a series of votes on a number of no-strings amnesty proposals. The proposal that receives the most votes (and at least 218 votes) would be officially adopted by the House and sent to the Senate. By the time the House recessed for a four-day weekend on Thursday, 18 Republicans had already signed the petition. (See list in right-hand column.)
If 25 Republicans sign the petition, along with all 193 Democratic Representatives, the petition would have enough support to force a vote on the Denham resolution. The resolution has 248 cosponsors, so it would likely pass, forcing the series of amnesty votes.
House Leaders have talked tough over the last 48 hours. House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) called the effort a "show pony." Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said he hopes the petition "doesn't get the signatures." And Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) emphasized "regular order" and expressed his support for Rep. Bob Goodlatte's (R-Va.) H.R. 4760, the Securing America's Future Act. But the top three House Leaders admitted that they're not whipping against signing the petition.
WHAT CAN GOP LEADERS DO? For starters, GOP Leaders can start whipping against the petition and use everything in their power to convince House Republicans not to sign it. But the next best option would be to immediately bring Rep. Bob Goodlatte's H.R. 4760 to the House floor for a vote.
The Denham Resolution calls for a vote on H.R. 4760. It then allows for three amendments that would replace the text, including the Dream Act, an amendment of Speaker Ryan's choosing, and finally an amendment of Rep. Denham's choosing. Rep. Denham has said he would likely offer a proposal introduced by Reps. Will Hurd and Pete Aguilar that would grant amnesty to approximately 1.8 million DACA-eligible illegal aliens and require a study on the effectiveness of border security. It's unknown what Speaker Ryan would offer as an amendment. If GOP Leaders brought a stand-alone H.R. 4760 to the floor before the Discharge Petition is executed, it would nullify the petition since the petition uses H.R. 4760 as the underlying bill.
WHAT CAN YOU DO? The moment we learned about the Discharge Petition on Wednesday, we immediately started sending out action alerts. The first group of alerts went to those activists whose Congressman already signed the petition. The second group went to the next highest threat -- Republican cosponsors of the Denham Resolution who had yet to sign the petition.