The US Senate: looking out for your best interests regarding border security

Mexican-American_border_at_NogalesAnd the US Senate has determined that your best interests are not served by having a border fence along our southern border with Mexico.

From the WashingtonTimes.com:

Senators on Tuesday rejected building the 700 miles of double-tier border fencing Congress authorized just seven years ago, with a majority of the Senate saying they didn’t want to delay granting illegal immigrants legal status while the fence was being built.

The 54-39 vote to reject the fence shows the core of the immigration deal is holding. The vote broke mostly along party lines, though five Republicans, including Sen. Marco Rubio and the rest of the bill’s authors, voted against the fence, and two Democrats voted for it.

Please note that: Marco Rubio voted against the fence.

Republicans had offered the fence as a way to build the confidence of voters skeptical that the government will enforce its laws, but opponents said building more fencing is costly, would take too long, and shouldn’t be dictated by Washington.

“I think we should leave that to the best judgment of the Border Patrol,” said Sen. John McCain, one of the eight senators who wrote the immigration bill.

John McCain, a POW from the Vietnam era, has served his country well whilst in the military.  I believe he does not serve his country now, though he “represents” the state of Arizona, obviously a border state with Mexico.  This is a conflict that I cannot conjur or condone.  Mr McCain has served his time and needs to leave politics immediately.  Which, of course, he will not.

Sen. John Thune, South Dakota Republican, proposed the border fence amendment, which would have prevented the administration from granting any illegal immigrants legal status under the bill until at least 350 miles of double-tier fencing has been erected, and would withhold full citizenship rights until 700 total miles have been built.

Correct.  Thune proffered a logical amendment in which he required the government to do something actively and up front.  I concur.  I don’t trust the federal government.  They have given us many years of execrable performance (mostly the lack thereof) to justify this tanking of trust.

This was a bit of my personal “make or break” point, and the federal government has broken things once again.  They are men and women who are primarily interested in serving their own best interests of self, and the American Taxpayers can predominantly go straight to Hell.

Minutes after the border fence, senators also voted to weaken current law that requires the government to have biometric checks such as fingerprints or eye-scans for every visitor to the U.S. — a recommendation of the 9/11 commission that looked into the terrorist attacks on Washington and New York.

Read that again: weaken CURRENT law.  A “recommendation of the 9/11 commission that looked into the terrorist attacks on Washington and New York.”

Then the CBO (Congressional Budget Office) weighs in:

CBO: Immigration bill only stops 25 percent of illegal immigration

The Senate immigration bill will be a major boost to the federal budget but does relatively little to clamp down on illegal immigration — cutting the future flow by only about 25 percent — according to the Congressional Budget Office analysis of the bill, released Tuesday afternoon.

Under the bill, which legalizes illegal immigrants and invites in foreign workers, immigration will total 10.4 million more people over the next decade and 16.2 million by 2033.

So: another “feel good” bill which is predicated, again, on naught but emotions, leaving facts and reality kicked to the curb?

Apparently so.

With a caveat to John Boehner via Politico.com:

Dana Rohrabacher warns John Boehner on speakership

By REBECCA ELLIOTT | 6/18/13 7:27 AM EDT

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.) says Speaker John Boehner should be ousted if he rams through an immigration bill without majority Republican support.

“If Speaker Boehner moves forward and permits this to come to a vote even though the majority of the Republicans in the House—and that’s if they do—oppose whatever it is that’s coming to a vote, he should be removed as Speaker,” Rohrabacher said on World Net Daily radio on Monday.

On the other hand, does anyone think that, suddenly, magically, the GOP will somehow find a pair of testicles and/or a spine recently discarded from a person missing both these essential items?

I don’t.

BZ

 

 

Recall effort against Arizona’s Sheriff Joe Arpaio fails

Sheriff Joe ArpaioFrom the LATimes.com:

TUCSON — Despite a recent court ruling that the department run by Maricopa County’s top cop used racial profiling in his quest to crack down on illegal immigration, a recall effort against Sheriff Joe Arpaio has failed.

On Thursday, members of Respect Arizona and Citizens for a Better Arizona — who launched the recall effort against Arpaio — failed to gather the necessary 335,000 valid voter signatures by the 5 p.m. deadline. The aim was to force a recall election.

Activists behind the recall effort would not say how many signatures they were short. Randy Parraz, president of Citizens for Better Arizona, only said the two groups had collected close to 300,000 signatures.

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who dares to do the job that the federal government is mandated to do but refuses, was re-elected last November — making him a six-term Sheriff.

And by the way:

“Arpaio has promised to appeal the ruling.”

Excellent.

BZ

P.S.
Sheriff Joe Arpaio is 80 years old.

 

 

Sheriff Joe Arpaio: winning another election

As “racist” and “divisive” and “judgmental” as he may be –

Joe Arpaio just won –at age 80another term as Sheriff of Maricopa County in Arizona.

With that in mind, he posits:

Sheriff Joe to Obama: Let’s Meet ‘Man to Man’ to Discuss Immigration

From Breitbart.com:

Defiant and reflective, 80-year-old Maricopa County, Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio told Breitbart News after winning re-election that he has a message for President Barack Obama: granting amnesty to illegal immigrants is unfair to legal immigrants.

Ladies and gentlemen, in my 40+ years in law enforcement — federal, state and county — I can’t tell you how much I would have loved to have worked for Sheriff Joe Arpaio in my career.  His fundamental honesty, his integrity, his clarity, has diminished my past Sheriffs into dust:

- Scott Jones — I’m awaiting his potential “legacy”
– John McGinness — the greatest disappointment in the history of my department
– Lou Blanas
– Glenn Craig
– Robbie Waters

They were all sucking sycophants for votes.

The last “honest” Sheriff my county had was Duane Lowe.  He drank, he suspended deputies, he made edicts; if you pissed him off he remembered you.  But he brought my department into the 20th and then the 21st century.  God bless him.  He typified “Old School.”

The others: a sad commentary.  They were mostly empty suits with one exception: Lou Blanas actually cared about his deputies.

That said:

“I wish the president would invite me to the White House,” Arpaio told Breitbart News. “We’ll have some wine and beer, and light up cigars.”

When it comes to potential amnesty provisions being discussed in Washington, Arpaio said he is against amnesty because, to him, it is a fairness issue the elite media and career politicians in Washington do not understand. 

“It’s a fairness issue, nobody thinks about that,” Arpaio said. “Why should we reward people who come here illegally?” Arpaio noted that “everybody around the world is waiting for years to come here” and “they don’t all come sneaking in.” “I’m an old-time guy, I just use common sense,” Arpaio said.  

Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

At age 80, the last of a dying breed.

We need more Joe Arpaios as Sheriffs and Chiefs.

We won’t get them.

BZ