by Brian Hayes | Top Right News
As House Republican lawmakers scramble to pass an “emergency border spending bill” to address the Obama-generated chaos on the border, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid indicated he would likely try to convert any House-passed legislation into an amnesty bill, The Hill reported.
Reid said that if the House passes the $659 million bill — which is up for a vote Thursday afternoon — which will include changes to the law to speed up deportation of illegal minors, he may tie it to the “Gang of Eight” package passed in the Senate last year that would grant amnesty to tens of millions of illegal aliens already in the country.
“If they pass that, maybe it’s an opening for us to have a conference on our comprehensive immigration reform. If they’re finally sending us something on immigration, maybe we can do that,” Reid told reporters Tuesday, according to The Hill.
“We’ve been looking for something to do a conference on. Maybe we can do it with that,” he added.
House Speaker John Boehner and his leadership is already facing a battle with its base, anti-illegal immigration groups, and Tea PArty activists who oppose his bill as one which does nothing to stop Obama’s lawless DACA amnesty decrees of the past 3 years.
The GOP leaders’ bill is so favorable to President Barack Obama that it is the political equivalent of “catching your opponent’s Hail Mary pass and running it into your own end zone for them,” Daniel Horowitz, the policy director for the Madison Project told the DailyCaller.
That is why groups such as NumbersUSA and the Federation for American Immigration Reform, are rallying GOP-friendly voters to call Capitol Hill to protest the bill. Polls show Obama’s support on immigration has dived down to 18 percent, and strong opposition is at 57 percent.
Obama’s immigration policies are so unpopular that even MSNBC host Ed Schultz is protesting. And the liberal Washington Post has called immigration, “perhaps President Obama’s worst issue — definitely for today, and maybe of his entire presidency — when it comes to public perception,” said a Thursday article in The Washington Post.
So why can’t the GOP pummel Obama for an issue on which the public is clearly on their side? Because its leaders “suck at politics,” Horowitz said. Either that, or they share Obama’s views on amnesty, under pressure from rich GOP donors and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
Sen. Jeff Sessions denounced the House bill, calling it “a plan for expedited asylum, not expedited removal” of the 100,000-plus Central Americans aliens.
NumbersUSA have provided a toll-free number for Americans opposed to the House “capitulation bill” to tell their Representative to oppose it: 855-827-2353.