Have you noticed that Washington politics these days often has little to do with what’s right or wrong or what the majority of American citizens want? Now it’s all about differences between political party ideology and due to the irreconcilable differences between the two prevailing political parties, compromise of agreement is so rare that it’s almost non-existent.
Take the entire immigration issue that’s been filling the news lately.
For eight years, Barack Obama refused to enforce some federal immigration laws and took illegal steps to allow up to 20 million illegal aliens to remain in the US. The whole purpose of Obama’s immigration policies was to provide a way for several million illegal aliens to illegally cast votes in the 2016 election and help keep a Democrat in the White House, but that failed.
Now, all President Donald Trump is doing is trying to enforce existing federal immigration laws and take appropriate temporary measures to establish better safeguards to screen out possible and would-be terrorists who want to enter our country. The liberals have been going nuts, complaining that Trump is actually enforcing existing laws and trying to improve our national security.
Yet, in 1995, the President Bill Clinton did much of the same thing and there were no widespread protests whining and crying of liberals. In delivering his 1995 State of the Union Address, Clinton gave the best response to today’s unhappy liberals:
“We are a nation of immigrants. But we are also a nation of laws. It is wrong and ultimately self-defeating for a nation of immigrants to permit the kind of abuse of our immigration laws we have seen in recent years, and we must do more to stop it.” [Emphasis mine]
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Isn’t it ironic that even Bill Clinton’s wife, Hillary, has forgotten those words that are so true today? Rather than accept the fact that Republicans are in control and that President Trump is only trying to do what he took an oath to do, many Democrats still want it their way or no way. Among those is Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and current House Minority Leader.
This past Friday, she offered an immigration compromise for President Trump to consider. She is so deranged and politically senile that she honestly believes her compromise would be something Trump and Republicans would even consider.
So, what was Pelosi’s brilliant (LOL) compromise? She wants to revive the ‘Gang of Eight’ measure that passed a Democrat controlled Senate about four years ago. In case you are not aware of the infamous Gang of Eight bill, which never passed a Republican controlled House, here is a summary:
Path to Citizenship
Most of the 11 million people who are in the country illegally could apply for a green card after 10 years and citizenship three years after that.
Applicants must pay a $1,000 fine, pay back taxes, learn English, remain employed and pass a criminal background check.
Immigrants must have arrived in the United States before Jan. 1, 2012, to be eligible.
Dream Act youth can obtain green cards in five years and citizenship immediately thereafter.
The path to green cards and citizenship is predicated on a “trigger” related to border control measures that must first be implemented.
The Department of Homeland Security will receive $3 billion to improve border security through surveillance drones and 3,500 additional customs agents; $1.5 billion for fencing.
Within five years, DHS must achieve 100 percent surveillance of the southwest border with Mexico and apprehend 90 percent of people trying to cross illegally in high-risk sectors (areas where more than 30,000 people are apprehended annually).
If DHS does not meet the metrics, a border commission composed of governors and attorneys general from border states would be given five more years and additional funding to implement more stringent measures.
U.S. companies must implement the “E-verify” computer tracking system that aims to ensure that workers are legal residents within five years. All non-citizens will be required to show “biometric work authorization card” or “biometric green card.”
The government must implement an exit/entry tracking system at ports of entry to determine whether foreign visitors or workers overstay their visas.
H-1B high-skilled visas
Visas for highly skilled engineers and computer programs would double from 65,000 to 110,000. In future years, the cap could rise to as much as 180,000.
Require employers with large numbers of H-1B visas to pay higher salaries and fees.
Guest worker “W-visa” program
New visa program for 20,000 foreigners in low-skilled jobs starting in 2015. The number of visas increases to 75,000 in 2019.
New federal bureau to analyze employment data to make recommendations for annual guest-worker visas caps beginning in 2020, to exceed no more than 200,000 annually.
Construction companies limited to no more than 15,000 visas per year.
“Safety-valve” to allow additional visas over the annual cap provided employers pay workers higher wages.
Farm worker H-2A program
Visas for agriculture workers limited to 337,000 over three years
Wages based on survey of labor-market data for various farming jobs.
Changes to family visa program
Allows unlimited number of visas per year for foreign spouses, children and parents of U.S. citizens and permanent legal residents.
Eighteen months after the law takes effect, eliminates visas reserved for foreign brothers and sisters of U.S. citizens, and married children over 30 years of age.
Eliminates diversity visa program starting in 2015. Creates new merit-based visa category using point system based on family ties and work skills.
When this measure hit the floor of House in 2013, it was quickly rejected because of the ‘Path to Citizenship’. And like four years ago, the Trump administration quickly rejected this ridiculous plan once again. Referring to the Gang of Eight bill, White House Press Secretary commented:
“That particular bill was a non-starter, it continues to be a non-starter.”
The only reason Pelosi is still pushing for a measure that has been repeatedly rejected by Republicans is that she wants to find a way to allow the millions of illegal aliens to legally cast votes for Democrats in the elections of the future. She will continue to push this farcical bill just like the proverbial stubborn person who keeps beating a dead horse, trying to get it to do something it can’t do, and Pelosi will continue to get the same result – NOTHING!