The strongest border bill ever before Congress, as Rep. McCaul (pictured above) describes it, sends equipment to the border with a future promise of 100% control of the border.
There will be no border fence and no enforcement in this bill. Republicans want to get something passed and this is considered a first step.
The GOP $10 billion border security bill just passed by a panel of Republican leaders. It is being rejected by conservatives and Democrats alike. It does not address border enforcement or internal enforcement of immigration law and it doesn’t build the fence. It actually takes down more fencing than it erects. Democrats feel it does too much.
Breitbart points out that “the bill does nothing to address Barack Obama’s “catch-and-release” program; it does not require mandatory detention and return; it does not include worksite enforcement; it does not close dangerous asylum and national security loopholes; it does not cut-off access to federal welfare; and it does not require completion of the border fence.”
Will this bill be of any use if the agents can’t do their jobs?
Democrats probably won’t pass it anyway.
“It is overly prescriptive and it is impossible, operationally, to succeed,” said far-left open borders supporter Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas. “This bill militarizes the nation.”
The bill unfortunately delays and weakens the longstanding unfulfilled statutory requirement for a biometric entry-exit visa tracking system.
It will remove 66 miles of weak border fencing and add only 27 miles of effective double-layer fence along the 2,000 mile border.
We were originally promised 700 miles of what is remarkably effective double-layer fencing, something the American people overwhelmingly support.
Extra fencing would be a waste of money, according to Texas Rep. Michael McCaul, chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security.
Instead, there will be a mandate for operational control of high-traffic areas of the border within two years, and operational control of the full border within five years. The bill defines operational control as stopping or turning back all attempted border crossers.
The bill will send drones, surveillance systems, radar, fencing and other technologies to the border.
Democrats see that as unrealistic. It is, considering their open borders mentality. They want nothing done.
The bill does not address the unlawful violations of immigration law instituted by the Obama administration.
Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., said the bill is not strong enough because it would not stop the Obama administration from releasing people caught crossing the border illegally.
Under “catch-and-release” which Sessions referred to, the Obama administration has undermined immigration enforcement by ordering agents to release apprehended illegal border-crossers by the tens of thousands.
Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, who is chairman of the Homeland Security Committee, described the bill as the toughest border security bill ever before Congress.
Republican Sens. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, John Cornyn of Texas and Jeff Flake of Arizona have an identical bill. Flake enthusiastically supported the Senate amnesty bill.
“It is time for Congress to lead,” McCaul said Wednesday before the vote to approve his bill. “And through this legislation, we tell the department and the administration how to get this job done once and for all.”
On Fox News Wednesday morning, host Martha MacCallum asked McCaul, “whether or not there’s enough internal enforcement in that bill?”
McCaul said, “Well let me just say, the internal enforcement piece will be handled by the Judiciary Committee. That’s unrelated to Homeland Security.”
All the assets Rep. McCaul wants to throw at the border will do nothing to stop the administration’s “catch-and-release” immigration policy.
The border bill “is a show horse, not a work horse, and as such it is an effort to convince the American people that we are doing something substantive to secure the border when in fact nothing substantive is being done,” said Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Ala.
And the Democrats don’t even want this attempt.
Some Republicans are fed up with the right.
“It’s incredibly frustrating to absorb, continue to absorb, the whacks on doing nothing on the issue,” said Rep. Mark Amodei, R-Nev. “I’m just tired of defending nothing, I can’t defend nothing.”