After Sen. Cornyn’s amendment was defeated, and it looked like this amnesty scam was in serious trouble, here comes another attempt to trick us, the Corker-Hoeven Amendment. Sen. Cornyn was among those of us a little bit confused by this latest effort to ram this amnesty down our throats. From The Houston Chronicle:
After his controversial border security amendment was shot down during today’s Senate session, Sen. John Cornyn was visibly bewildered as Tennessee Republican Sen. Bob Corker and North Dakota Republican Sen. John Hoeven took to the chamber floor to propose alternative legislation that demands even tougher enforcement.
While Cornyn said the Corker-Hoeven proposal “moved this bill in a constructive direction,” he questioned how the amendment differed from his own to garner the support of Gang of Eight legislators — including Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain, who slammed Cornyn’s amendment last week on the Senate floor.
Cornyn’s amendment would have required funds from the $6.5 billion appropriated in the original legislation be re-allocated to his border enforcement measures, which included 5,000 additional border patrol agents. It also demanded 100 percent situational awareness and 90 percent operational control of the Southwest border before undocumented immigrants could obtain Resident Provisional Immigrant (RPI) status.
The amendment was tabled 54-43, “disparaged as a budget-buster,” Cornyn said.
To what Cornyn described as his “shock and amazement,” the Corker-Hoeven proposal requires an additional 350 miles of border fencing (on top of the 350 miles already required in the underlying bill) and even more border patrol agents — a whopping 20,000.
Once again, I’ll say “nice try, Guys, but I’m not as stupid as I apparently look.” It doesn’t matter how many border agents there are if we aren’t going to enforce the border and our existing laws. The only thing–REPEATING–the ONLY thing that will demonstrate that you guys are serious about border security is if you do border security first, and only then discuss any special status for illegals currently in the country. The fact that you guys not only voted down Sen. Grassley’s amendment, which would have required that the Department of Homeland Security certify that the border is secured for six measly months before giving this special status to illegals, but you voted it down on a procedural vote so no one would have to go on the record, tells us everything we need to know. Now, you’re trying to run this number on us? PULEEZE, Sen. Corker. Every time I see you trying to intimidate anyone from pointing out what a scam this $30 billion on border security routine is by saying that anyone who opposes the Gang of 8 bill because of concerns about border security is disingenuous, I want to puke!
Please call your Senator and ask him how he could vote for a bill that, according to the Congressional Budget Office, will depress Americans’ wages for 12 years and will allow 75% of the illegals who come across the border to continue to come over. Here’s a link to the NumbersUSA site where you can get the contact info.