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Conservatives Gathering Strength To Oppose Boehner Border Bill


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Led by the Tea Party Patriots’ Jenny Beth Martin and Senate conservatives Jeff Session of Alabama and Ted Cruz of Texas momentum against the House establishment Republicans’ border bill is beginning to mount.
 
Yesterday afternoon Tea Party Patriots issued an “action alert” saying “The House of Representatives is set to vote on a bill this week that would give the President his desired border bailout without putting an end to his executive amnesty. The bill would spend $659 million over the next two months, which is roughly the same amount that the President was asking for over the same period ($3+ billion over the next 5 months). The problem is, the bill does nothing to stop the President's executive amnesty through the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) which is the cause of the current influx of illegal aliens coming across the Mexican border and it does nothing to put tighter restrictions on "Other than Mexicans" (OTM) or "Unaccompanied Children" (UAC) seeking asylum and essentially receiving back-door amnesty.”
 
NumbersUSA and other border security organizations also issued legislative alerts opposed to the House leadership bill and pledged to score any votes in favor as “a vote for open borders” legislation.
 
And according to our friends at The Blaze and other outlets opposition to the leadership bill is building among House Republicans. This left the House Republican leadership still short of the 218 GOP votes they need to guarantee passage of their $659 billion expedited asylum package.
 
An informal tally by The Hill identified nine Republicans who said they would oppose, or are inclined to oppose, the package. Republicans can lose 17 votes within their own party if no Democrats support it.
 
Citing “several House members” who planned to attend an evening meeting at Senator Ted Cruz’s office, The Washington Post reported that Senator Cruz and Reps. Steve King (R-Iowa), Louie Gohmert (R-Tex.), Matt Salmon (R-Ariz.) and more than 12 other House Republicans rumored to include Reps. Marsha Blackburn (Tenn.), Todd Rokita (Ind.) and Randy Neugebauer (Texas).
 
In the meantime, Alabama’s principled conservative Senator Jeff Sessions issued a statement saying “Any action Congress might consider to address the current border crisis would be futile should the President go forward with these lawless actions. Congress must speak out and fight against them. It must use its spending power to stop the President’s executive amnesty.
 
“That the House leaders’ border package includes no language on executive actions is surrender to a lawless President. And it is a submission to the subordination of congressional power.”
 
In the analysis of the Associated Press, the House GOP legislation includes $405 million for the Homeland Security Department, which administration officials have said is in danger of running out of money for customs and border activities in coming months. It includes $22 million to hire more temporary immigration judges and outfit immigration courtrooms with video teleconferencing equipment, and $35 million to double spending for the National Guard presence on the border. In addition, $197 million would go to the Health and Human Services Department for housing and humanitarian assistance for the minors, and $40 million for the governments of Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador to help with repatriation efforts.
 
The legislation would also prohibit the secretaries of Interior or Agriculture from restricting Border Patrol activities on federal lands and contains a provision expressing the sense of Congress that illegal immigrants should not be housed at military bases unless certain conditions are met.
 
Rep. John Fleming (R-La.), who opposes the bill, said lawmakers had approached him and suggested tweaks to the package that could win his vote.
 
“They’re really working it hard. That tells me that they don’t have it yet,” he said.
 
Rumors swirled as to what amendments the House leadership might allow to gain support on the Floor, prompting one border security to put out an alert saying House Leadership is planning to add a watered down (useless) version of the Blackburn/Cruz language to the House Border Supplemental.  DO NOT FALL FOR THIS!
 
They are considering language that would give Obama easy routes around their prohibitions.
 
If the DACA language does not specifically prohibit the granting of work permits, like the Cruz/Blackburn language, it does not fix the problem.
 
 “It’s going to be close — really close,” a House Republican source told The Washington Examiner.

We said yesterday that Democrats don’t have any interest in solving the border security crisis; they want the whole enchilada. Their goal is to create an illegal immigration crisis so they can advance their long term political goal of granting amnesty to millions of current illegal aliens whom they see as Democratic voters in-waiting. And by all indications House Republican leaders are playing right into their hands.

The future of this great country is in your hands. The U.S. Capitol switchboard is (1-866-220-0044). We urge you to call your Representative and Senators immediately and ask them, as Senator Jeff Sessions suggested, “Where do you stand?” And then tell them where you stand; against open borders and for the rule of law.
And please sign our petition and join the thousands of other Americans who demand that Congress stand for American sovereignty and defend our southern border by prohibiting President Obama from expending any funds on the release of illegal aliens from federal detention and the transportation of them to the interior of the United States.

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