Skip to comments.House Leadership Skeptical of Ted Cruz’s Plan to Halt DACA
Posted on 07/17/2014 6:23:44 PM PDT by SoConPubbie
Senator Ted Cruz (R., Texas) unveiled legislation to shut down President Obamas Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, and the bill is getting a mixed response among Republican colleagues.
Cruz offered his bill as a plan to end the border crisis and the suffering that takes place south of the border as children travel to the United States by thwarting Obamas policy of acting as if the DREAM Act has already passed.
The staggering conditions that children are being subjected to are a direct result of the amnesty that President Obama illegally and unilaterally enacted in 2012, which caused the number of unaccompanied minors to skyrocket, Cruz said in a press release on the bill. The only way to stop the border crisis is to stop President Obamas amnesty. If we do not put an end to its expansion to the promise of amnesty that is the reason so many are coming then more little boys and girls will be trafficked, abused, and even killed. We have an obligation to make sure that not one more child is hurt by this presidents lawlessness.
Some Republicans worry that Cruzs bill, in this context at least, is a political loser. Doing so in the midst of the current crisis could look like an overreach, particularly given how the mainstream media will distort it, a House Republican leadership aide tells National Review Online. Were still waiting to hear from the Border Working Group, and nothing has been ruled in or out. Also, its certainly possible to deal with that issue legislatively at another time.
Senate majority leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.) kicked off the morning by accusing Cruz of trying to deport children who are legitimately in the country.
Before Republicans help our Border Patrol agents and all the personnel thats trying to do something to handle this humanitarian crisis, they want President Obama to deport the DREAMers who are already here, legitimately here, Reid said. These are children. But instead of considering a thoughtful, compassionate solution to a real-life crisis on our border, radical Republicans are trying to hold these kids ransom.
An aide to the Texas freshman explained that his bill would not affect people who have already benefited from the DACA program. Our bill doesnt address people who have already received deferred action under DACA, spokeswoman Catherine Frazier told NRO ahead of the bills release.
Cruzs bill has the advantage of addressing the fundamental cause of the border crisis, as Republicans understand it.
House Judiciary Committee chairman Bob Goodlatte (R., Va.), when he released his own plan to fix the border crisis, said that Obamas administrative legalization programs have encouraged tens of thousands of Central Americans to make the dangerous journey to the United States.
House speaker John Boehner (R., Ohio) and Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) have also faulted Obama for creating the perception that Central American children who made it to the United States would be able to stay.
Its a crisis of the presidents own making his actions gave false hope to children and their families that if they enter the country illegally they would be allowed to stay, Boehner told reporters last week.
Senator John Cornyn (R., Texas) introduced a plan to solve the border crisis, primarily by changing a human-trafficking law so that children from Central America can be removed from the country as expeditiously as children from Mexico or Canada. The bill didnt address DACA, but he supported Cruzs plan when it came out today.
I think thats the right answer, Cornyn said Thursday, per Politico. We need to send the message: dont come.
Well, the house leadership is comprised of cowards, so anything that rocks the boat with Obama or the Press is a no-go with them.
Of course they are skeptical, they don’t have any guts. That has been a chronic problem with elected Republicans. I have often thought about sending a large box of superballs to Republican leaders but they would probably just turn them over to the Dims...
-—Cruzs bill has the advantage of addressing the fundamental cause of the border crisis, as Republicans understand it.
What a sad commentary on our political leadership that it sounds as if its a surprise and a unique approach to Address the Fundamental Cause. Where were all these politicians mingling when everybody else was being COMMON SENSE?
“Well, the house leadership is comprised of cowards,...”
cowards, duplicitous liars and greedy creatures interested mainly in enriching themselves at the expense of the American citizenry.
Keep going Ted...we love you!
I’m skeptical, at best, of the House GOPe leadership.
“House Leadership” Phaa! That’s a good one!
Cruz is a man walking among mice.
If only we had some REAL House Republican leadership.
No legislation should be considered unless it specifically prohibits Obama from expanding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), which allows those who have come here illegally to stay,
Their only principle is to have no principles.
Their only strategy is preemptive surrender.
Their only plan for victory is to tick off their base as much as possible.
And they have a virtually infinite capacity for learning the wrong lesson from any situation.
John Bonehead and fellow travelers need to be thrown out......It is time for conservatives to show their spin
“Doing so in the midst of the current crisis could look like an overreach, particularly given how the mainstream media will distort it, a House Republican leadership aide tells National Review Online”
And that sums up the Republican party.
We do, we have Senator Cruz.