Refusing to take “no” for an answer, the Biden administration still considers mass amnesty for the millions of illegal immigrants that have flooded over our border with Mexico a top priority, and Vice President Kamala Harris said as much on Sunday.
As American Wire previously reported, Harris shocked the nation on “Meet the Press” this weekend, when she told host Chuck Todd with a straight face that the U.S. border with Mexico was “secure.”
“The border is secure,” she argued, it’s the “system” that’s broken.
Kamala Harris says border ‘is secure’ in painfully awkward, stench filled Meet the Press clip https://t.co/L7B9y8kQkj
— American Wire News (@americanwire_) September 12, 2022
But, while everyone was busy being shocked that the so-called “Border Czar” would even suggest that our border is secure, Fox News Digital’s Adam Shaw warns that most missed the bigger story: the disastrous implications mass amnesty would have on this nation.
“I think that there is no question that we have to do what the president and I asked Congress to do, the first request we made: pass a bill to create a pathway to citizenship,” Harris said on “Meet the Press.”
“The border is secure,” she contended, “but we also have a broken immigration system, in particular, over the last four years before we came in, and it needs to be fixed.”
And fixing it, she asserted, requires a “pathway for citizenship.”
“We also have to put into place a law and a plan for a pathway for citizenship for the millions of people who are here and are prepared to do what is legally required to gain citizenship,” she said.
As Shaw demonstrates, providing the “nearly 11 million undocumented immigrants” that were in the country when Joe Biden was campaigning with citizenship — and the ability to vote — has been an active goal of his administration since Inauguration Day.
“Recently the administration has been touting its efforts on border security — including anti-smuggling operations (including one that made 3,000 arrests in its first months) and increases in Department of Homeland Security funding — but Harris’ comments show how the efforts to see illegal immigrants given full citizenship, including voting rights, continues to be a major agenda item for the administration,” Shaw writes.
Noting that a “roadmap for citizenship for nearly 11 million undocumented immigrants” was a “priority” for Biden on the campaign trail, Shaw explains, “The administration moved on that promise on Inauguration Day, releasing a massive immigration proposal which would become the U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021.”
“That bill included what would be an eight-year pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants already in the country as long as they passed certain checks,” Shaw continues. “Notably, the bill included immediate green cards (or permanent residency) for farmworkers, recipients of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and illegal immigrants who came to the U.S. as minors and who are protected by the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.”
When the bill received no support from a single Republican senator, Democrats tried to slip the provisions into the Build Back Better Act, which was set to skirt the need for a 6-40 majority vote by passing through the budget reconciliation process, which only requires 50 votes, “meaning no Republicans would be needed if all Democrats voted in favor,” Shaw explains.
In all, “Three proposals were offered but all three were rejected by the Senate parliamentarian,” Shaw reports, “and ultimately the effort failed when Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., withdrew his support from the effort.”
“A slimmed down version of Build Back Better passed this year,” he notes, “but it did not include any immigration provisions.”
Ultimately, the issue will likely be determined by the outcome of the upcoming November midterm elections.
“Should Democrats gain more seats in the Senate after the November midterms, that push may be renewed – particularly with growing Democratic calls to abolish the filibuster,” Shaw writes. “On the other hand, Republican gains in either the House or Senate could kill off chances of amnesty for years to come.”
Kamala Harris ‘cannot wait’ to end ‘archaic’ Senate filibuster if Dems win ‘two more seats’ in midterms https://t.co/EcgPVBPL3u
— American Wire News (@americanwire_) September 11, 2022
It would seem the White House had no intention of walking Harris’s statements back. In fact, it doubled down.
In a statement following her comments, the White House released a statement commemorating National Hispanic Heritage Month in which it echoed the Vice President’s sentiments.
“We will continue to build a fair, humane, and orderly immigration system and fight to protect the rights of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients and others who call this country home,” the statement said. “That means continuing to support a pathway to citizenship for those with temporary protected status as well as farm workers and other essential workers. “
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