Hawley insists immigration reform won’t happen, but some GOP are working with Dems

With somewhere north of 5 million illegal immigrants crossing into America on President Joe Biden’s watch of fewer than 2 years, a historic figure largely ignored by a complicit media, adding to the 11 million or so already here — some experts put that number at 20 million or more — Democrats are eager to push through some sort of amnesty package favorable to a demographic they believe is beneficial to their political agenda.

Fortunately for Democrats, there are a few moderate Republicans in the Senate who are willing to play along, believing their virtue-signaling will pay off with more appreciative Hispanic voters.

On the flip side, there appear to be more Republicans dead set on preventing any passage of immigration reform in the current lame-duck session preceding the next Congress — with the GOP taking control of the House, there’s not much hope for any amnesty deal.

Sen. Thom Tillis, R-N.C.,  and Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., let it be known this week that they have achieved a “draft framework” on bipartisan immigration reform that includes $25 billion to beef up border security in exchange for a pathway to citizenship for roughly 2 million so-called “Dreamers,” a lofty term assigned to younger illegal immigrants encroaching on the American dream of many U.S. citizens.

That’s according to a Senate aide familiar with the effort, who spoke with The Washington Post. Other trade-offs reportedly include possibly extending Title 42 for at least a year while more “regional processing centers” are built along the border — which suggests there’s no long-term plan to stop the human invasion on the border. A further indication of this is that the deal would make investments to expedite the asylum process by increasing asylum officers, litigation teams, and immigration judges and courts. Migrants, who are reportedly often coached by activists on the left, exploit the broken U.S. asylum that needs total reform to remain in the country.

Fox News host Tucker Carlson reacted to the development to say it was “an actual threat to democracy” amid all the trumped-up claims on the left.

“This is an actual effort to disenfranchise American voters. It’s an attempt to replace their vote with a new electorate,” Carlson said.

Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., is one of the GOP senators who is adamant that there will be no immigration reform, telling the Daily Mail that he would do “everything in his power” to stop the effort.

Joining him in that refrain is Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, who vowed: “There will not be immigration reform.”

Among the usual suspects when it comes to liberal Republicans are Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, who said she was just starting to study the deal, and Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, who told the U.K. newspaper that he supports immigration reform and that “the border is obviously in crisis and needs to be tightened up.”

Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, who could be persuaded, said she has yet to look at the proposal. Fellow moderate Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, is not optimistic about their chances, “I think the debt limit will pass, but immigration, that would be a pretty heavy lift.”

There has been sentiment among Republicans desperate to slow the wave of humanity flowing across the wide-open southern border to tie border security to a vote to raise the debt ceiling, precipitating the amnesty push.

The best indication that the effort is favorable to Democrats could be seen from White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre at Tuesday’s press briefing.

“If Republican officials truly, truly want to deal with immigration — if they truly want to deal with the border, then they would stop doing political stunts and actually work with us on the plan that we have put forward, which they are not,” Jean-Pierre said.

GOP leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., has said he will not bring forth immigration reform in the next Congress until he deems the border secure, but U.S. Rep. Andy Biggs, R-Ariz., who opposes McCarthy’s speaker bid, said on Twitter the “latest proposal rewards millions of lawbreakers with citizenship and would send a message to the world that now is the time to enter the United States illegally. This would further exacerbate Biden’s border crisis.”

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