Perhaps because of Tuesday's demoralizing defeat in Florida's special election, amnesty advocates have significantly stepped up pressure on Democrats to act on immigration reform, whether the Republican majority in the House wants to or not.
Yesterday, we reported on building Spanish language media pressure on the White House to cease all deportations. Today, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY), the author of the Senate's amnesty bill, posted a threat on twitter and Facebook to Republicans.
The link in Schumer's tweet leads to this Facebook post where Schumer explains:
It's crystal clear where the issue of immigration reform is headed, and Republicans have only two choices to make. They can either help pass comprehensive reform which will greatly reduce the flow of illegal immigrants, grow our economy by bringing in needed workers in high tech and agriculture areas, and provide a hard-earned path to eventual citizenship for the 11 million in the shadows, or they can sit idly by and watch the President greatly curtail deportations while 11 million continue to live in limbo here in America. The choice is clear; a reform bill has the support of liberals, moderates, and conservatives and all we need is the courage of the Republican leadership to make the right and obvious choice. -cs
You don't often see threats more stark than this. Schumer is flat out saying, "Either pass my amnesty bill now or Obama will stop protecting the border entirely."
And we know this is the case because just this week Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson acknowledged that Obama's supposedly record deportation numbers are driven almost entirely by deportations at the border, not from deporting people already inside the country.
“Under the Obama administration, more than half of those removals that were attributed to ICE are actually a result of Border Patrol arrests that wouldn’t have been counted in prior administrations,” Rep. John Culberson (R-TX) asked Johnson during a congressional hearing Tuesday.
“Correct,” Johnson confirmed.
Schumer is right about one thing: Republicans have only two choices here: 1) They can cave to Obama's lawless threats thus rewarding Obama for his illegal actions and setting a precedent that would be copied in every other policy area, or 2) they can stay strong, force Obama to act unilaterally, and then use the courts to rein in his out of control imperial presidency.
It is that simple.
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