From ABC News:
Early Thursday morning, the bipartisan “Gang of Eight” senators will announce an agreement to strengthen border security.
ABC News has confirmed that the Senate “Gang of Eight” has reached an agreement to strengthen border security provisions in their bill that they hope will deliver the 70 crucial votes needed for the measure.
According to a high ranking Senate aide, a formal announcement is expected Thursday morning.
A second capitol hill source tells ABC News the agreement will include a major border build up, with a huge increase in border personnel and an increase in fencing. The change will mean the legislation could deliver the 70 votes desired by the bipartisan group, a hill source said.
Nice try, Guys, but here’s the bottom line. We’re on to you. The only way to assure us that you are prepared to secure the border is to actually secure the border BEFORE any illegals currently in the country are given any “provisional” (read special) status. Last week, alleged supporters of improved border security like Sen. Marco “What Does Being Played Mean?” Rubio could not even support Sen. Grassley’s amendment that would require the border to be secure for at least 6 months before any new legal status for those who have knowingly and brazenly violated our laws. As noted here, yesterday Sen. Rubio voted against Sen. David Vitter’s amendment that would have required the implementation of an entry-exit system to track visa overstays before illegal immigrants are granted legal status. I can’t imagine why some of us are skeptical about Sen. Rubio’s desire to secure the border, can you?
In addition, any certification that the border is secure that is based on Janet Napolitano thinking it is, or pretending it is, is a non-starter. And as we noted on last week’s edition of The Teri O’Brien show, adding a meaningless certification letter from the comptroller, as Sen. Cornyn’s amendment does, doesn’t add anything. It’s another trick.
Finally, as we discussed yesterday, the rosy headlines about the Congressional Budget Office’s scoring of the Gang of 8 proposal, and all the claims that, as Ezra Klein and friends say here in the WaPo, it “grows the economy, cuts deficits, raises wages, legalizes eight million undocumented workers, makes the American workforce more productive, and adds more than 10 million workers to an aging economy,” is not credible for several reasons. First, remember that the CBO is not an objective evaluator of the facts. The CBO must accept the assumptions provided to it by Congress. In this case, the proponents of this bill made it look artificially good by pretending that the newly-legalized residents would not be eligible for any federal benefits for at least ten years. Not only is this assertion actually at odds with the actual terms of the bill, it’s at war with reality. On the June 2, 2013 edition of The Teri O’Brien Show we played audio of an illegal alien who has been living on welfare for twenty years. Are we really so guilible that we believe that this new bunch won’t be able to do the same thing? PULEEZE!
Also, I note one interesting number in the benefits cited by Mr. Klein from the CBO report; specifically, “legalizes eight million undocumented workers.” (emphasis mine) Assuming that the 11 million number that we keep hearing is correct, what about the other three million? Are they going to “self deport?” Are they going to continue to “live in the shadows?”
It should be more than obvious to anyone paying attention at this point that this bill is a DISASTER. Please contact your Senator today and ask him about the issues raised in this post, and this one (Seven Questions for Proponents of Gang of 8’s Amnesty) as well. We can stop this train wreck, but we have to let them know that we’re on to ti.