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Rep. Chip Roy Stands Against Senate GOP Amnesty Plan

Chip Roy
Principled limited government constitutional conservative Republican Representative Chip Roy (TX-21) has stepped-up to oppose the backdoor amnesty plan being promoted by the open borders wing of the business community and their allies in the Senate’s Republican Conference.

Rep. Roy sent a letter to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham outlining conservative concerns about and opposition to the Farm Workforce Modernization Act (H.R. 5038).

This is the bill we told you about in our article “GOP Joining Democrat Illegal Alien Amnesty Through New Farm Bill.” Democrats and open borders establishment Republicans keep repackaging it and renaming and rebranding it, but it is the same bill and a backdoor amnesty no matter what you call it.

Our sources on Capitol Hill tell us that there is growing interest among some GOP Senators to pass this monstrosity.  The latest information is that Sen. Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and James Lankford (R-OK) are also on board. Tillis is expected to be the lead in introducing the Senate version.  What’s even more amazing and disheartening is that Vice President Pence’s PAC organization is rumored to be prepared to spend $30 million on an ad campaign to promote this despicable attack on American workers.

It is worth noting that Chip Roy once served as lawyer for the Senate Judiciary Committee and his letter to Sen. Graham goes straight at the problems with this backdoor amnesty, and it is worth publishing in its entirety:

Dear Chairman Graham,

I write to urge that any immigration reform measures undertaken in the Senate, for Agriculture workers or otherwise, focus expressly and solely on actual and desperately needed immigration reform.  There should be no amnesty considered as we should be squarely focused on re-establishing actual operational control of our border, which we currently do not have.

As a former Senate Judiciary Committee lawyer, I understand the complexities of immigration and border-related legislation – and have worked on it.  It is for this reason I was troubled by recent reports that some in the Senate might well be considering taking up the recently passed Farm Workforce Modernization Act (H.R. 5038) which passed with only, and regrettably, 34 Republican votes.  This bill is sold as immigration reform when in truth it would repeat the mistakes of 1986 by granting a massive and easily abused amnesty, while weakening the already flawed H-2A system going forward. The legislation mandates a new wage system without providing specific guidelines and would weaken the agricultural industry, which is why the American Farm Bureau and many other groups are opposed to H.R. 5038.

You know this issue – and the politics – better than most.  It would be a fool’s errand to pass such legislation which would directly conflict with the core campaign promises of President Trump to regain control of our border and immigration system.  While the President and many in the Department of Homeland Security are working hard to secure the border despite my Democrat colleagues’ recalcitrance, the fact is the border remains badly broken and far from secure.

Dangerous cartels are at war in Tamaulipas along the Mexico-Texas border, maintaining operational control along much of the border.  We have not taken the steps necessary to treat cartels like the terrorist actors they are.  Only a little over 100 miles of actual fencing has been completed, largely on areas that already had at least barriers.  Narcotics flow is as bad as it has ever been, with fentanyl now littering our cities across the country.  We are relying on Mexico to hold the line for us – which is tenuous at best.  We have not fixed Flores or ended catch-and-release policies, we have not fixed our asylum laws from the potential of abuse, and we have not fixed TVPRA to allow for the safe and easy return of children and immigrants to their homes.  Border Patrol and ICE need more resources and beds.  We have vast areas of the border which are overrun by cane and have no roads allowing navigation along the Rio Grande.  I could go on, but to be clear, we’ve taken maybe 5 steps of 100 needed to actually secure the border.

I am happy to discuss at any time, but I trust that you agree with me that pursuing amnesty rather than border security and true immigration reform at this time is the wrong direction when the President has taken at least the first few steps needed to solve this problem. “Comprehensive immigration reform” has proven to be too complex and the primary obstacle to progress for almost two decades.

Sincerely,

Chip Roy

Member of Congress

Rep. Roy has nailed it in his letter to Senator Graham, and we urge CHQ readers and friends to join him in urging Republican Senators, and especially Senator Graham, to oppose a Senate version of the Farm Workforce Modernization Act.

The toll-free Capitol Switchboard number (1-866-220-0044), we urge CHQ readers and friends to call Senators Tillis, Graham and Lankford to demand that they get off this Democrat-inspired amnesty for illegal aliens bill. Vice President Mike Pence may be reached through the White House switchboard at 202-456-7549, we urge you to call him to tell him he risks losing the support of the conservative movement if he or his political operation back any bill that grants amnesty to illegal aliens.

And while you’re at it, go to Rep. Chip Roy’s campaign website and make a contribution or just drop him an email and tell him thanks for leading the conservative opposition to this outrageous attempt to grant a backdoor amnesty to millions of illegal aliens.

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Pence betrays base

I am disgusted but not surprised that Mike Pence is going to not just support but fund the backdoor amnesty that is the Workforce Modernization Act. I remember when Indiana passed a bill to protect Christian bakers and others from being forced to cater to the homosexual lobby in violation of the First Amendment and Pence buckled and didn't sign it because some activists raised a stink on Twitter. He's either a spineless coward or can be bought. Either way, he showed himself to not be a leader.

This is very sad, because Donald Trump was elected in no small part to stop the flow of aliens into this country and to prevent amnesty for those already here. Pence is undermining the cause that led many Americans to vote for him as Veep. And why?

Filthy lucre, I imagine. He's probably getting campaign money from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Washington is hopelessly corrupt. It seems no matter who we send there we wind up with John McCain.