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    GOP Senators Offer Wall Funding if Trump Kills Populist Immigration Reforms

    GOP Senators Offer Wall Funding if Trump Kills Populist Immigration Reforms



    20 Feb 2018

    Business-first Republicans Senators are pushing a plan to keep the 680,000 DACA illegals in the workforce — and simultaneously block President Donald Trump’s popular reforms of immigration law.

    The plan would provide work-permits to at least 680,000 illegals but would also provide Trump with a $25 billion “Trust Fund” for construction of a border wall.

    The proposal by South Dakota’s John Thune, Ohio’s Rob Portman, and Kansas’ Jerry Moran, likely has support from many business-first Republicans, especially GOP Senators in labor-intensive agricultural states. The proposal likely will be pushed into the 2018 budget debate as Trump’s deputies press for $1.6 billion in 2018 border-wall construction funds.

    A statement from the Senators buried the economic payoff under Democratic-style praise for the 3 million blue-collar illegal-immigrant ‘”Dreamers”:

    This commonsense legislation would fulfill several urgent short- and long-term needs, which include extending permanent protection to today’s Dreamers who are facing an uncertain future and finally taking a meaningful step toward enhancing border security, which is a priority for the president and a majority of us in Congress,” said Thune

    “Our nation has long valued diversity – of thought, of ideas, of background – and we must continue to foster this American spirit,” said Moran. “Congress has a responsibility to develop a humanitarian plan that cares for the children who were brought to the United States by their parents through no choice of their own and at the same time protects our homeland.

    That amnesty-for-a-wall plan offers big gains for business — more cheap labor to keep Americans’ wages low, less debate over cheap-labor immigration, and a strategy to block Trump’s several pro-employee reforms.

    The Trump reforms are hated by business groups because they gradually shrink the supply of new legal immigrants and nudge up Americans’ wages.

    For example, business groups have sharply opposed Trump’s plan to curtail legal immigration via the visa-lottery and chain-migration reforms. In the February 15 immigration-reform votes, for example, eight GOP business-first Senators voted for a Democratic-backed double-amnesty plan, and 14 GOP Senators voted with Democrats against Trump’s four-way combination of an amnesty, a border wall, asylum reforms and legal immigration cuts.

    Thune and Moran both voted against Trump’s wage-booting reforms.

    If Trump takes the new amnesty-for-wall deal, he will give up most of his bargaining power — the offer of amnesty to illegals — and so lose any chance of passing the wage-boosting immigration reforms which got him elected in 2016.

    Moreover, if he takes the deal, he will be less able to campaign for immigration reforms during the 2018 midterm elections, and will instead just have to play up the benefits of the tax cuts. That is a big benefit for business groups who do not want GOP candidate to campaign for immigration reform in November. Basically, the proposed deal would allow the business community to push immigration reformers under the table for several years.

    Many Democratic legislators, will favor parts of the business-first amnesty-for-a-wall plan.

    Democrats will support the business-Senators’ rejection of Trump’s proposal to reform the asylum laws. Those laws now allow hundreds of thousands of Central American migrants to walk through the existing border wall. Democrats will also support the rejection of Trump’s proposed reform to chain migration and the visa lottery.

    Democrats, however, will want to include many additional illegals in the business-first wall-for-amnesty plan.

    Also, Democrats want to put the illegals on a path to citizenship. Once the illegals become citizens, they can vote for Democrats and use the chain-migration laws to win citizenship and voting rights for millions of additional migrants.

    However, GOP Senators strongly oppose citizenship for illegals because they recognize it expands the Democrats’ ballot-box power. But a deal that offers work-permits to illegals will allow them to work but not vote, which helps GOP donors and GOP Senators.

    Four million Americans turn 18 each year and begin looking for good jobs in the free market.

    But the federal government inflates the supply of new labor by annually accepting roughly 1.1 million new legal immigrants, by providing work-permits to roughly 3 million resident foreigners, and by doing little to block the employment of roughly 8 million illegal immigrants.

    The Washington-imposed economic policy of economic growth via mass-immigration floods the market with foreign labor, spikes profits and Wall Street values by cutting salaries for manual and skilled labor offered by blue-collar and white-collar employees. It also drives up real estate prices, widens wealth-gaps, reduces high-tech investment, increases state and local tax burdens, hurts kids’ schools and college education, pushes Americans away from high-tech careers, and sidelines at least 5 million marginalized Americans and their families, including many who are now struggling with opioid addictions.




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    Uh oh, we may need to review the endorsement list.
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    Oh wow! We have been endorsing Thune for a long time, but it looks like we will have to drop endorsements for Thune and Moran!
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    Their country has the RESPONSIBLITY to take care of them...not the USA or it's taxpayers!

    Boot them all out and we do not want them detained at the border...deport within 24 hours!
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    Can someone please get us a copy of this release by these Senators so we can verify all that it says before we cite it to drop our endorsement? Also, it is time for us to build the master list of GOP Amnesty backers for the Senate and publicize it.
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    Thune, Portman, and Moran Introduce Legislation to Enhance Border Security and Codify DACA Protections

    Bill Would Create $25 Billion Border Security Trust Fund and Protect Current DACA Recipients

    February 15, 2018

    WASHINGTON — U.S. Sens. John Thune (R-S.D.), Rob Portman (R-Ohio), and Jerry Moran (R-Kans.) today filed an amendment to the underlying immigration reform vehicle that would establish a $25 billion trust fund to enhance U.S. border security. The amendment would also codify protections for those individuals who, at no fault of their own, entered the United States illegally as children and are currently covered by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
    “This commonsense legislation would fulfill several urgent short- and long-term needs, which include extending permanent protection to today’s Dreamers who are facing an uncertain future and finally taking a meaningful step toward enhancing border security, which is a priority for the president and a majority of us in Congress,” said Thune. “Immigration policy is not easy, as this week has shown, but I’m confident that with a bill like the one we’ve just put forward, we’ll be able to find consensus among Republicans and Democrats.”
    “A sensible and fair solution is to codify the protections for the DACA population while also putting in place stronger border security measures consistent with the president’s proposal,” said Portman. “Those in the DACA program are here through no fault of their own, and for many this is the only country they know. This proposal represents a permanent legislative solution that will allow those in the DACA program to stay here and continue to contribute to our society while strengthening our border security to protect all Americans. Despite the failure to make progress today, I believe we still have a responsibility to resolve this issue, and this proposal is a fair and responsible solution that could get the necessary votes to become law.”
    “Our nation has long valued diversity – of thought, of ideas, of background – and we must continue to foster this American spirit,” said Moran. “Congress has a responsibility to develop a humanitarian plan that cares for the children who were brought to the United States by their parents through no choice of their own and at the same time protects our homeland. Accordingly, any immigration plan must not inadvertently encourage further illegal immigration and must be coupled with enhanced border security so we limit these circumstances down the road. This bill returns to the basics of what a vast majority of my colleagues and the president support – providing long-term certainty to DACA recipients and better securing our borders. I urge my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to support this sensible solution that provides us a realistic path forward to get a bill to the president’s desk.”
    The trust fund that would be established by the Thune-Portman-Moran legislation would be capped at $5 billion in outlays per year, which would include payment for no fewer than 700 miles of reinforced fencing (excluding vehicle barriers), additional physical barriers, access and patrol roads, lighting, an interlocking surveillance camera system, remote sensors, and the purchase of surplus Department of Defense aircraft and unmanned systems.
    The legislation would codify DACA protections for only the existing population of people who are currently covered by the program, and it would preserve the current renewal process at two-year intervals.
    Click here for legislative text of the Thune-Portman-Moran legislation.
    https://www.thune.senate.gov/public/...ca-protections
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    We originally endorsed Senator Thune on September 21, 2010 for opposing the Dream Act Amnesty legislation he now appears to support!

    14 US Senate Candidates Endorsed for Opposition to Dream Act Amnesty
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    This is what I was afraid of yesterday when I question the endorsement list. I figured not everyone voting against each of the Senate amnesty attempts did so because they were opposed to amnesty in some form. Glad this came to light sooner rather than later.

    We sure seem to be getting stabbed in the back a lot lately.
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    No way. Donald Trump must not accept 600.000 illegal immigrants.
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    ALIPAC Moves to Defeat Rep. Goodlatte's HR 4760 Secure America First Amnesty Bill

    https://www.alipac.us/f8/alipac-move...y-bill-356277/



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