SALT LAKE CITY, June 19, 2013—Charles Schumer has the easiest job in politics right now.
The New York Senator and leader in the Gang of Eight doesn’t have to convince anyone to support his immigration reform measure.
That’s because Democrats all support it, as long as it doesn’t include border enforcement. And apparently the White House is blessing it every step of the way.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has called the latest attempt to include border security in the bill a “poison pill.” Leader Reid represents a party that simply doesn’t want to stop the flow of illegal immigration.
Republicans have made some stabs at security. The attempt to include security comes in the form of an amendment to the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act that is nearing a vote in the Senate. The parts of the bill that are toughest for conservatives to swallow would offer illegal immigrants provisional legal working status without any assurances that the southern border is secure.
Schumer wants no assurances put forth. “The way it would change the triggers would jeopardize the path to citizenship,” he said of the amendment offered by Sen. John Cornyn (R – Texas.). “You should tell the people you’re lobbying that that is not going to happen.”
It isn’t going to happen because President Obama doesn’t want it to happen. He likes the bill as is, without additional border security.
Ryan Lizza has reported that the president is guiding the bill behind the scenes:
“A senior White House official insisted that Obama’s role in overseeing details of the bill has been more significant than is generally known. ‘No decisions are being made without talking to us about it,’ the official said of the Gang of Eight negotiations … ‘This does not fly if we’re not O.K. with it.’”
President Obama has never shown much interest in southern border security. In fact, he has had famous run-ins with Governors Rick Perry of Texas and Jan Brewer of Arizona over the issue.
Most Democrats are right there with the president. They are very eager to legalize millions of undocumented aliens, but decidedly less interested in preventing more illegal immigration from happening in the future.
So Charles Schumer can continue his easygoing ways in the Senate. Though when the security measures are defeated the House will be unlikely to pass any type of immigration reform. Then the New Yorker can get to work demagoguing the issue again.
Rich is a teacher and a soldier. In addition to writing the “Rich Like Me” political column at the Washington Times Communities, he is the author of Nine Weeks: A Teacher’s Education in Army Basic Training; Tunnel Club; and Not Another Boring Textbook: A High School Students’ Guide to their Inner Conservative.
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