Amnesty: the Bad Penny That Always Shows Up

Promptly after U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced its June migrant crossing data, 189,000, excluding those who enter undetected, the Biden administration revealed that it’s poised to deliver the second, knockout punch in its sovereignty-busting, immigration and amnesty one-two assault.

The first blow, the Southwest border catastrophe, landed seven months ago immediately after President Biden’s inauguration. In January 2021, CBP apprehended 75,000 illegal aliens, the highest January total in ten years. June’s 189,000 CBP encounters put the United States on a course to admit 2.3 million aliens by year-end. Virtually every day, Americans wake up to learn that the border calamity is more severe than when they went to sleep.

In mid-July, a whistleblower stationed at Del Rio’s Texas’ Laughlin Air Force Base advised the Tucker Carlson Tonight show that Immigration and Customs Enforcement is using passenger aircraft to fly migrants to unknown interior destinations, facts that the Pentagon confirmed. The migrants’ final resettlement spot is a closely kept secret, and what their eventual fate may be is also hush, hush, perhaps because their futures will assuredly include social services dependency. The Pentagon ordered Laughlin military personnel to remain silent about the nation’s subversion they’re witnessing. Americans whose taxpayer dollars fund the border upheaval are excluded from the immigration information loop.

No U.S. citizen, regardless of race, creed or political affiliation, voted for open borders. Air lifting migrants hither and yon is an unconscionable violation of voters’ trust. Most egregious, Biden’s purposeful and unprecedented border security abandonment violates the Constitution. Section IV, Article 4, the guarantee clause, assures, among its other provisions, individual states [Texas, for example] protection from foreign invasion.

But no end is in sight with the border surge. Biden has warned agents to prepare for “a flood” of illegal immigrants. Up to 1,200 daily migrants will need processing, a nearly impossible task for  overworked immigration officials.

With the border open to all who can get there, the Biden administration is set to deliver what it hopes will be the haymaker blow to sovereignty, an amnesty for several million illegal aliens.

Like open borders, amnesty has little public support; 73 percent of likely voters oppose rewarding illegal immigrants. But, also comparable to the border, Biden doesn’t care about public perception; he’s poised to act, by devious means if necessary. Having received Biden’s blessing, Congressional Democrats’ scheme to include amnesty in the annual budget reconciliation bill is a reality.

Last week, U.S. Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.), who chairs the Congressional Progressive Caucus, confirmed that the $3.5 trillion budget bill will include amnesty for deferred action for childhood arrivals (DACA), temporary protected status (TPS) holders, migrant farmworkers and, vaguely, essential workers. In all, 10 million illegal immigrants could be put on Green Card and citizenship paths. The amnestied aliens will receive lifetime valid work authorization that allows them to enter the labor market to undercut employed Americans, recent U.S. university graduates and the roughly 4 million teenagers who turn 18 every year. For cheap labor-addicted employers, amnesty is a bonanza.

Here are the two primary immigration deal make-or-break variables. First, legislation like amnesty that will have such a dramatic effect on the labor market and population growth would typically be stand-alone and require a bipartisan, super-majority 60 Senate votes. But 60 votes, most analysts agree, is beyond reach. To pass reconciliation, however, the Senate needs only 50 votes, attainable as long as no Democrat defects, and all Republicans vote nay. Some Democrats face tough 2022 re-election campaigns and know that amnesty’s unpopularity could cost them their Senate seats.

The vulnerable are: Arizona’s Mark Kelly, Georgia’s Raphael Warnock, Nevada’s Catherine Cortez Masto and New Hampshire’s Maggie Hassan. Two other Senate Democrats, not on the 2022 ballot, are also seen as pivotal and at risk. West Virginia’s Joe Manchin, who voted yea for the failed 2013 Gang of Eight bill is, he said, “fine” with the reconciliation bill’s immigration provisions, while Arizona’s Kyrsten Sinema is uncommitted.

Polling shows that if any of the susceptible six back amnesty, voters would reject their re-election bids. Republicans have weaklings, too, that could gum up their party’s goal to defeat amnesty. North Carolina’s Thom Tillis and Texas’ John Cornyn are perceived as amnesty squishes and favor more employment-based work authorization visas.

The second immigration deal variable would be in the Republican hope that the immigration language never reaches the reconciliation bill, a possibility if Senate parliamentarian Elizabeth MacDonough blocks it. The parliamentarian is empowered to decide which specifics can be included or deleted from the budget process. Proposals too far afield from the key issue, the budget, can be stricken. The GOP argues that immigration amnesties are unrelated to and have no place in budget bills. Should MacDonough choose to keep the amnesty text in the reconciliation, then the parliamentarian position should be eliminated, so clearly disparate are budget and immigration issues.

Because coyotes could advertise the citizenship pot of gold that eventually awaits illegal immigrants, amnesty would escalate the border emergency and further enrich traffickers; all the migrants have to do to access the Green Card payoff is pay up. Traffickers earn an average daily income of about $14 million.

The extent to which the Biden administration has unilaterally opened the Southwest border to the world, including suspected terrorists on the FBI’s watch list, is without historical parallel. In political lexicon, no word is more misused than “leader.” Biden and Congress weren’t elected to lead, but rather to follow voters’ will. On amnesty and the sieve-like border, Americans have spoken – they’re unfalteringly opposed.