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Senators Durbin and Graham Crafting Bill to Make Obama’s Dreamer EO Law

Senators Durbin and Graham Crafting Bill to Make Obama’s Dreamer EO Law

Meanwhile, cat fight breaks out on Twitter

As Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Lindsey Graham (R[?]-SC) rush to make Obama’s Dreamer executive order (EO) law, cat fights are erupting on Twitter regarding immigration and Trump’s intentions in this regard.

In 2010, the DREAM Act failed in the Senate, so Obama picked up his pen and his phone and, by EO, made it happen.  Now, Republicans are working again with Democrats to revive the failed bill . . . they hope before Obama leaves office, though this is highly unlikely.

The Hill reports:

Democratic and Republican members of the Senate Judiciary Committee are working on legislation that would limit deportations if President-elect Donald Trump repeals President Obama’s executive orders on illegal immigration.

Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (Ill.) and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), both members of the panel, are crafting a bill to shield children living in the country illegally from being deported if they grew up in the United States and have stayed out of trouble.

The bill is likely to have the support of another Republican on the committee, Sen. Jeff Flake (Ariz.). He was a member of the so-called Gang of Eight that put together the comprehensive immigration reform bill that passed the Senate in 2013.

Trump has vowed to repeal Obama’s executive orders that halted deportations for people who came to the country illegally at a young age, as well as deportations of the parents of citizens and lawful permanent residents.

Lawmakers are worried that rescinding those orders would pull the rug out from hundreds of thousands of young people whose parents immigrated to the country illegally. Many of them may have to drop out of school, lose their jobs or face deportation.

The problem with the EO, they claim, was that it bypassed Congress, so making it the law of the land via Congress will correct the problem.

Apparently, they aren’t concerned with why it failed in the first place.  Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL), at the time, summed it up: “This is an amnesty bill because it provides every possible benefit, including citizenship, to those who are in the country illegally.”

Never mind all that, though.

The Hill continues:

Graham and Flake predict more Republicans will sign onto the bill as the issue gains more public attention.

“I think we’ll have a lot — I think if President Trump says this is a good solution to a hard problem,” he said. “Here’s what you got to ask Republicans and Democrats: What do you do with these kids?”

Graham and Flake say the main objection Republicans had with Obama’s executive orders was that he circumvented Congress. By passing legislation, the problem would be handled in a constitutional way, they argue.

Meanwhile, Vice President-elect Mike Pence states that he is working with Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Mitch McConnell (R-KY ) on immigration and gives a few people on the right pause.

CBS News reports:

PENCE: I think what the American people know they have in President-elect Donald Trump is someone who speaks straight from his mind and straight from his heart. And on the issue of illegal immigration, I promise you, as we were meeting yesterday on Capitol Hill with leaders of the House and Senate, we’re going to go straight to work after this Congress convenes and this administration takes office. And we’re going to pass policies that will end illegal immigration in this country.

PELLEY: But he made these promises. And now, he’s reversed himself. And I wonder, what does that tell us about Donald Trump?

PENCE: Well, I think, I think what it tells you about Donald Trump, in both cases, that he’s always going to tell the American people where he stands. And, make no mistake about it. There’s… there’s been no change in the policy about ending illegal immigration in this country.

PELLEY: The speaker of the House told us today that, when it comes to deporting 11 million illegal immigrants, it’s not going to happen, and he won’t fund it.

PENCE: I promise you that, that we’re going to get a tremendous amount of support, from members on Capitol Hill for border security, for strengthening internal enforcement, expanding our border agents, expanding Immigration and Customs Enforcement, identifying and prioritizing, the removal from this country of criminal illegal aliens, those who’ve overstayed their visas. I’m very confident that we’ll have broad-based support in the Congress for what the president-elect outlined in the course of his campaign. And we’re going to work every day to make sure that we advance those policies and end illegal immigration once and for all.

This exchange made a few people rather uncomfortable.

Ann Coulter’s tweet elicited a rather startling barrage of tweets in response from Bill Mitchell.

Via Twitchy:

This is a bizarre and inaccurate claim since Ann was never #NeverTrump and was, in fact, gushingly supportive of him.

But Mitchell’s not done yet.

It’s not at all clear what exactly will be done on immigration, but with Durbin and Graham pushing to make Obama’s Dreamer EO the law of the land this session (though it won’t make it), John McCain holding out for comprehensive reform, and Pence working with Ryan and McConnell on immigration reform, the coming year promises to be an interesting one.


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Would die in the House, I think.

Henry Hawkins | December 3, 2016 at 6:58 pm

South Carolina, please explain Lindsey Graham for me. I mean, WTF?

    It would almost be worth it to move to South Carolina just to vote against that___________.

    C. Lashown in reply to Henry Hawkins. | December 3, 2016 at 7:42 pm

    SCREW the ‘Big Tent’ paradigm of the Republican Party!

    There must be by-laws that can be applied to oust these miserable syphilitic chancres and cure the scars they leave to the GOP. How is it possible to stand as a unified block of votes with these sort of shenanigans going on?

    AND, if this isn’t bad enough, there are several ‘Republicans’ who are adept at this…not just one, but SEVERAL! Grrrr… Bastards! Soon I expect to see one or more convert to Islam and start procaliming that Islam is a religion of peace. How Harry Reid and SanFran Nan must be laughing!

      clintack in reply to C. Lashown. | December 3, 2016 at 11:02 pm

      He’s a senator. Big tent now. Then let Nikki Haley or Trey Gowdy run against him in the primary in 2020.

        CloseTheFed in reply to clintack. | December 4, 2016 at 6:46 am

        Nikki Haley is probably just as bad on illegal aliens and immigration. Trey Gowdy also. He’s a great cross-examiner, but I’m pretty sure very soft on immigration.

        Hell, they all are. That’s why we’ve got 20 million plus illegal aliens here.

    CloseTheFed in reply to Henry Hawkins. | December 3, 2016 at 9:03 pm

    Dear Henry Hawkins:

    Don’t you think you should also be asking Arizona for an explanation on McCain? There are two slacker states at issue.


      oldav8r in reply to CloseTheFed. | December 4, 2016 at 10:27 am

      I live in AZ. Voted against MCain in the primary but it went nowhere. Weak candidate. But Flake is the biggest disappointment. A great fiscal hawk in the House, then he moves to the Senae and becomes a GOPe lapdog. Both need to go, but we have to have someone besides an open borders Dem to vote for.

    Follow the money. That should answer your question.

And THIS is exactly why the GOP lost their primary to Trump. The only thing the Establishment wing can be counted on is to cave to the Left and/or stab their base in the back.

    redc1c4 in reply to Fen. | December 3, 2016 at 9:48 pm

    LOL at whatever mouth breathing RINO gave you a down ding.

    you’re absoFinglutely dead on why Trump pounded all the GOPe candidates flat.

Durbin is a low IQ Democrat, so I understand him. Graham is lot smarter. He’s running to take McCain’s place as the NYT’s favorite Republican. IF Manchin flips parties or Heitkamp iOS hired by Trump’ and replaced by a Republican, Mitch should have a sit down with Grahamnesty and discuss which committees he’s not going to chair.

OK, I will go with amnesty. Go home, and follow the current process. They can possibly come in after we process the current LEGAL immigrants.

    CloseTheFed in reply to rabid wombat. | December 3, 2016 at 9:05 pm

    Dear Rabid Wombat:

    It’s my understanding of current law that illegally entering the country disqualifies you from later coming in legally. Or perhaps there is a ten (10) year bar. Can’t recall exactly.

      Ragspierre in reply to CloseTheFed. | December 3, 2016 at 9:11 pm

      The length of the bar varies, with 10 years being the longest. All that is available by reading the INS web page.

      Of course, that could change with passage of new law, such as the “touch-back” amnesty that T-rump has proposed.

      rabid wombat in reply to CloseTheFed. | December 3, 2016 at 9:20 pm



      Then they can just go home – voluntarily or not. Follow the process.

      I certainly understand why people want to come to the USA (though flawed, still the best). Come legally!

      Talk to me about “reforming” the legal process.

      Milhouse in reply to CloseTheFed. | December 3, 2016 at 10:33 pm

      I don’t think DREAMers would be subject to any bar, because they never broke the law. So they could go “home” and immediately apply. But the fact is that for most people from these countries there is no way to immigrate legally. The “line” for those countries is so ridiculously long that it may as well not exist. So putting in their applications wouldn’t do them any good unless they got some sort of leg up.

    As good as that sounds it won’t happen. You deport as they are arrested breaking (another) US law. Its a very tangled web with marriages and offspring and a dozen other exceptions.
    First and foremost – Secure the borders (north south east & west) THEN we can let in the people who actually want to work and/or want to forever leave the 3rd world shithole they came behind & become AMERICANS…. We have plenty of room for those people…
    James Douglass
    Garden City, Kansas

What drives me crazy about the position of the career politicians is they aren’t being honest about why they are doing what they are doing, and the effects of it.

The American people have been saying for years, decades even, that we want the illegal invasion to stop. People like Graham believe, but don’t fully explain, that part of the reason they advocate for this is because the American birthrate is declining and they see these foreigners as the salvation for the falling birth rate.

If they would really discuss that, there are flaws with this idea obviously. First, most of the illegal aliens are in, and the data show continue to be, in low paying jobs where the amount of taxes they pay is less than they suck up in services.

Next, he assumes they will happily take care of old Americans when the time comes, but do we really expect that? They may very well decide they’d rather spend their money and time on their own families than old Americans when the old Americans can no longer take care of themselves. We see this trend in medical care for old people provided by the government: an ever increasing veterinarian approach to medical care. The government pays, thus the government decides how long and how much care you get, and if the federal government ends up deciding old Americans aren’t worth their medical care, it dries up. Do we really think those with few cultural ties to actual American citizens will vote to continue expensive medical care for older American citizens with whom they hardly relate? Unlikely.

His position is also the position of the vote panderer. The career politician promises all manner of benefits to American citizens to procure their votes, and when Americans find it easier to rely on government than their own families, the rate of child birth declines. Politicians have encouraged the very things that cause American birth rates to decline and then complain about the scourge of low birth rates. And they did it to get re-elected.

Graham is a 3rd rate human being. He also doesn’t have a wife or children, and I suppose since he’s comfortable farming out procreation to foreigners, he think the rest of us should be thrilled about it. What trash.

    Once again, follow the money. It is not about birth rates and being taken care of by gardeners and dishwashers. It is about being taken care of by the big money interests in this country. There is a reason why federal politicians come in with a mortgage and car payments and leave with three vacation houses and millions of dollars in the bank.

    Besides with 95 MILLION US citizens no longer in the work force, I think we can scrape up 11-22 million people to take the place of the illegal aliens in the work force.

Miss Lindsey needs to FOAD… as for Ryan, if he and the House won’t fund deportations, they need to start making plans for employment after the 2018 election, because they will be voted out of office, if not, in fact, run out of town on a rail after being tared and feathered.

Trump has a bully pulpit, knows how to use it, and knows what the America public wants done.

JustShootMeNow | December 3, 2016 at 10:05 pm

“whose parents immigrated to the country illegally.” Can you Immigrate illegally? I would assume immigration is a legal process. If they’re illegally it would be more like trespassing.

That old queen just wants us to leave the young boys…

This just in. McCain, Graham, Reid working to confirm John Garland before the Senate recess.

    clintack in reply to RodFC. | December 3, 2016 at 11:25 pm

    It’s Merrick Garland, not John. And where’d you hear that? I heard Senator Reid finally gave up his hold on the legislation he was holding hostage, without getting a vote on the Garland nomination.

    Subotai Bahadur in reply to RodFC. | December 4, 2016 at 1:57 am

    Also would like a source. I note that I have been predicting that McConnell would confirm Garland during the lame duck session as a FOAD to Trump. If he is going to do it, of course Graham and McCain will be working with him on it.

      CloseTheFed in reply to Subotai Bahadur. | December 4, 2016 at 6:51 am

      Whatever the source, I don’t think GOPe senators would do such a high profile counter-Trump act this close to the election.

        Subotai Bahadur in reply to CloseTheFed. | December 4, 2016 at 2:51 pm

        Actually, look at it from the point of view of an elected GOPe lop. Immediately after the election is the perfect moment to betray their voters and fellows. The assumption is that there are at least two, four, or six years before they can be called to account for anything. Their level of contempt for us is such that they are sure that we will forget before the next election where they are up, and the same lies will work time and again.

        Remember when we busted our asses to give the Republicans control of the House AND the Senate, which they said was what they needed to actually resist the Left in 2014? And a couple of weeks after the election they passed yet another Criminal Omnibus Spending Bill giving the Democrats EVERYTHING that they wanted, at higher funding levels than they asked for? And then told us to FOAD?

        If they are going to betray us, it will likely start now.

McConnel will behave a little better toward PEOTUS since he gave his wife a job.

Rick the Curmudgeon | December 4, 2016 at 9:38 pm

Yannow, it’s a real shame that caning Senators went out of style.

what’s wrong with making those illegal alien invaders go back home where they belong? if they were/are so useful do you think their home countries would let them leave? they’re useless to their own people why would they be useful to us?

buckeyeminuteman | December 5, 2016 at 3:48 pm

Why we need to do with these kids is send them back home where they came from, along with their parents. It’s not their fault their parents broke the law. It’s also not our fault. Keep the family together and send them all back.