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[VIDEO] Leftist Zombies Are Camping Outside Senator Chuck Schumer’s Home

Jazz Shaw reports: The fallout on the left from Senator Chuck Schumer’s astute deal-making abilities is continuing into day three. Ed Morrissey broke down the reaction from liberal media outlets yesterday, but a significant number of progressive activists weren’t satisfied with leaving the job to the press. They showed up last night outside the Senator’s Brooklyn apartments for the traditional airing of grievances and indicated that if he wasn’t going to take a stand for the Dreamers, they were going to make sure he didn’t get any sleep

… While all of this may seem amusing if you’re just looking for a reason to munch popcorn, the pressure on Schumer right now could spell trouble over the next couple of weeks. If he’s really feeling the heat, he’ll probably be more inclined to try to take a hard line on immigration reform negotiations just to prove to his base that he’s not going soft. Read the rest of this entry »

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[VIDEO] REASON TV: Immigration Reform in the Era of Trump

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Long Lines Outside of California DMV in Exposition Park as Hundreds of Non-Citizens Apply for Driver’s License


[VIDEO] Boehner Ammunition in White House Amnesty Fight Includes Nails and Teeth

Brendan Bordelon writes:  House majority leader John Boehner struck his most aggressive tone yet against President Obama’s promised executive amnesty for illegal immigrants, vowing to fight the White House “tooth and nail” and threatening to throw a wrench in the president’s plans for the next two years.

“I’ll just say this. We are going to fight the president tooth and nail if he continues down this path. This is the wrong way to govern. This is exactly what the American people said on Election Day they didn’t want!”

Boehner couldn’t say how congressional Republicans will fight the expected executive actions, but promised that “all actions are on the table…(read more)

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[VIDEO] Executive Amnesty: ‘Wholesale Canceling of a Law Passed by Congress’

THE HAMMER: to Bret Baier on Special Report

“The reason Obama has waited is because, according to his own words which he has said repeatedly for six years, he is not allowed under the constitution to do what he’s now proposing to do. He has said this over and over again. He’s said I’d like to do all these things, but under the constitution, I do not write the laws. If any of this is true, this is a wholesale canceling of a law passed by Congress. If it is to be canceled, if it is to be reformed, it has to be done.”

“This is a constitutionally odious proposal. He knows it and he admitted it himself. As a matter of policy, I think it’s a terrible idea. I’m not against legalization, but I am against legalization before you’ve done anything serious about controlling the border. Otherwise this is an advertisement to the whole world, particularly Latin America where it’s easy to get across the border, that you come into America illegally. It’s up to you, we do not control our borders. And then if you wait long enough and you make strong enough case and there’s enough pressure, we will legalize you.”

“He’s waited [to do this] because it’s illegal. If they were a Republican who is in the White House and says I waited and waited, I demanded abolition of the capital gains tax and the Congress wouldn’t do it, so i’m ordering the IRS: no collection of capital gains. If congress wants to pass a law to override that, I invite that. You would be up here as everybody would and say this is unconstitutional, it is an impeachable offense. That’s what he’s doing. He himself has admitted that year after year up till now, with two years left, all the elections behind him. He doesn’t care.”

Inconvenient Flashback

“I know there are some folks who wish I could just bypass Congress. I can’t.” 


[VIDEO] Marco Rubio: Immigration Reform Will ‘Never’ Pass in One Comprehensive Bill

More from the talking-head shows, from The Corner.  Rubio was on the defensive for most of the interview (who wouldn’t be, under the hot lights with interviewer Chris Wallace?) and for good reason: Rubio was a leading proponent of  comprehensive immigration reform, until he flamed out in the polls, and is now trying to reinvent his message. Here’s some of Andrew Johnson‘s summary of Rubio’s Fox News Sunday interview:

“We’re not debating what to do — we’re debating how to do it. I’m just telling you we will never have the votes necessary to pass in one bill all of those things — it just won’t happen.”

Though the political class hasn’t caught up with this yetAmericans are rightly skeptical of any public policy package with the word “comprehensive” on it. It’s kryptonite. Don’t open that package. Send it back.

[Chris Wallace grills Rubio on immigration: “If it’s not political, why did you flip?” – Mediaite]

Some of Rubio’s more interesting comments, not included here (I just watched the broadcast of Rubio’s Fox News Sunday interview a moment ago) was not about immigration, but in defense of characterizing Hillary Clinton as a “20th Century candidate“. Chris Wallace noted that some see it as a veiled reference to Hillary’s advanced age. Rubio responded that you can be 40 years old, and be a candidate of the 20th Century. Rubio launched into a fairly typical monologue outlining an entrepreneurial alternative to Hillary’s statism. Some of it was good, not defensive, occasionally colorful and distracting. Here’s a money quote:

“We are going through the equivalent of an industrial revolution every five years.”

True? Not true? Either way, it’s a campaigner’s flourish. Not unlike something an ascendant Newt Gingrich or Bill Clinton would say when they wanted to change the subject with futuristic-sounding language.  Read the rest of this entry »


Obama: ‘I Don’t Prefer Taking’ Executive Action, But Congress ‘Forces Me To’

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Taking executive action to address immigration issues is a step President Obama said he takes gleefully, because he prefers it to governing responsibly, and lawfully, as presidents have for two centuries reluctantly has to take because Congress was elected by the people, and has the authority to act on their behalf of Congress’s lack of action.

One Is The Loneliest Number – Three Dog Night

Following reports that John Boehner told the president he will not bring immigration reform for a vote this year, the president said he “would love nothing more” than to take all my marbles and go home, because they’re all so mean to me not have to act unilaterally and be able to sign legislation instead.

“I don’t prefer taking administrative action,” he said in the Rose Garden on Monday. “I’m lonely, and nobody likes me “I would greatly prefer to rule as an autocrat, or a beloved cult leader, and represent only those who agree with me, and make up laws as I please Congress actually do something.”

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“I take executive action only when I feel like it we have a serious problem, a serious issue, and the Senate refuses do do anything Congress chooses to do nothing,” the president continued. He chastised House Republicans for injuring his self-esteem and making him feel like giving up failing to “pass a darn bill.” Read the rest of this entry »


[VIDEO] George Will on Cantor’s Primary Loss: ‘Being in Washington Leadership Not a Good Thing to Be These Days’

George Will‘s commentary on Wednesday’s Special Report

“Mr. Cantor’s great advantage was money, and I think it hurt him. He spent an awful lot of money advertising Mr. Brat’s name, to which a lot of people said, ‘Well, we actually have a choice here.’”

Cantor’s loss likely had little to do with his district’s sentiments to his stance on immigration reform, but rather that

“…he is a member of the Washington leadership, and that is just not a good thing to be these days.” 

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House Republicans Unveil Immigration Reform Principles

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From The Corner: House GOP leaders on Thursday released the following one-page document outlining their “standards for immigration reform”:

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Our nation’s immigration system is broken and our laws are not being enforced. Washington’s failure to fix them is hurting our economy and jeopardizing our national security. The overriding purpose of our immigration system is to promote and further America’s national interests and that is not the case today. The serious problems in our immigration system must be solved, and we are committed to working in a bipartisan manner to solve them. But they cannot be solved with a single, massive piece of legislation that few have read and even fewer understand, and therefore, we will not go to a conference with the Senate’s immigration bill. The problems in our immigration system must be solved through a step-by-step, common-sense approach that starts with securing our country’s borders, enforcing our laws, and implementing robust enforcement measures. These are the principals guiding us in that effort.

Border Security and Interior Enforcement Must Come First

It is the fundamental duty of any government to secure its borders, and the United States is failing in this mission. We must secure our borders now and verify that they are secure. In addition, we must ensure now that when immigration reform is enacted, there will be a zero tolerance policy for those who cross the border illegally or overstay their visas in the future. Faced with a consistent pattern of administrations of both parties only selectively enforcing our nation’s immigration laws, we must enact reform that ensures that a President cannot unilaterally stop immigration enforcement.

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Priorities: Responding to Overwhelming Public Demand (3%) Obama Makes a ‘Plea’ for Immigration Reform

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POLL: ONLY 3% OF AMERICANS RANK IMMIGRATION REFORM AS TOP PRIORITY

Nothing like going into battle facing the wrong way.

New polling data from Gallup shows that an overwhelming majority of Americans do not think handling immigration reform is even close to a top priority for 2014.

Immigration places well behind other issues like healthcare, jobs, the economy, dissatisfaction with Washington politicians, the debt and deficit, lack of money, ethics and moral issues, poverty, the gap between the rich and the poor, education, foreign aid and others. In fact, only three percent of Americans think the issue is a priority that must be dealt with this year.

“Americans start the new year with a variety of national concerns on their minds,” Gallup’s Lydia Saad wrote on Wednesday. “Although none is dominant, the government, at 21%, leads the list of what Americans consider the most important problem facing the country. The economy closely follows at 18%, and then unemployment/jobs and healthcare, each at 16%. No other issue is mentioned by as much as 10% of the public; however, the federal budget deficit or debt comes close, at 8%.”

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Reminder: Only 3% of Americans Rank Immigration Reform as Top Priority

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Matthew Boyle reports:  New polling data from Gallup shows that an overwhelming majority of Americans do not think handling immigration reform is even close to a top priority for 2014.

Immigration places well behind other issues like healthcare, jobs, the economy, dissatisfaction with Washington politicians, the debt and deficit, lack of money, ethics and moral issues, poverty, the gap between the rich and the poor, education, foreign aid and others. In fact, only three percent of Americans think the issue is a priority that must be dealt with this year.

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2013 Exposes Media’s Love of Activist Government Over Effective Government

CapitolNoah Rothman writes:  In early December, a year-end review of congressional productivity in 2013 uncovered a bleak truth: The 113th Congress is on pace to be one of the least productive national legislatures in American history.

The news spread across the media landscape like a brushfire with the commentariat entering a race to outdo one another in their disproportionate displays of revulsion over congressional inactivity. Few posited an objective reason for why having a relatively lethargic Congress was so terrible. Many in the press presented this revelation as self-evidently regrettable, feeling no pressure to justify this impression.

In fact, this prejudice within much of the establishment political press to welcome activist government for its own sake has characterized virtually every contentious issue that was publicly litigated over the course of 2013. From New Year’s Day until today, the political media has been pressing, agitating for the Congress to do “something” -– often for its own sake. The efficacy of that something was, in most cases, deemed irrelevant if only by virtue of how rarely the press even discussed the value of those various somethings.

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Reality Check: Only 3% of Americans Believe Immigration Most Important Issue

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Tony Lee reports:  Though Republicans and Democrats in favor of comprehensive immigration reform are ready to make a final push next year, a new national Gallup poll released on Thursday found that only 3% of the country believes immigration reform is the most important issue that needs to be addressed.

The top concern of Americans who were surveyed was “dissatisfaction with the government” (21%). That was followed by the economy (19%), healthcare (17%), unemployment (12), the budget deficit (9%), moral/ethical decline (7%), poverty/hunger/homelessness (5%), and education (4%).

Immigration also does not register among the top-five most important issues to Republicans, Democrats, and Independents.

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Good News: Congress’ inability to multi-task and time manage will kill immigration

McImmigCainWhen it comes to immigration reform Senator John McCain has been a ray of sunshine.  Even during the toughest parts of the Gang of Eight’s negotiations he was upbeat and positive.  So when McCain recently said he was concerned  about  immigration reform, then I knew we are really in trouble.

The issue of immigration has yet again been pushed to the back burner.  In fact, some would claim that it’s not even on the stove but out of the kitchen.  Comprehensive immigration reform was supposed to be passed by now, or at the very least voted on.  But, this summer’s Marathon Bomber and now a potential strike on Syria in tandem with an upcoming debt ceiling battle have left immigration little oxygen. Read the rest of this entry »


More journalists than activists turned out for the start of a rally for immigration reform

More journalists than activists turned out for the start of a rally for immigration reform on the steps of Los Angeles City Hall Tuesday morning staged by labor unions and pro-amnesty organizations. The event was aimed at warning Republicans in the House of Representatives to pass an immigration bill that includes a “path to citizenship” for illegal aliens or face the wrath of Hispanic and progressive voters in their districts.

Rep. Judy Chu (D-CA) told the gathering that the piecemeal approach preferred by House Republicans, as an alternative to the “comprehensive” bill passed by the Senate last month, was unacceptable, saying that some of the separate provisions turn immigrants into “criminals.” (She did not specify whether she meant illegal immigrants.) She demanded a House vote on the Senate bill–a matter of some debate among Democrats.

Other speakers made the same demand, blaming Republican leaders for the immigration impasse. One labor leader warned Republicans that “they will be branded” as anti-immigrant if the House failed to pass an immigration reform bill with a “path to citizenship.” Ready-made signs held by the small crowd repeated that message: one featured the GOP elephant and the slogan: “Road to Extinction OR Road to Citizenship.”

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The Great Disconnect

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ROSS DOUTHAT: The Great Disconnect:

This January, as President Obama began his second term, the Pew Research Center asked Americans to list their policy priorities for 2013. Huge majorities cited jobs and the economy; sizable majorities cited health care costs and entitlement reform; more modest majorities cited fighting poverty and reforming the tax code. Down at the bottom of the list, with less than 40 percent support in each case, were gun control, immigration and climate change.

Yet six months later, the public’s non-priorities look like the entirety of the White House’s second-term agenda. The president’s failed push for background checks has given way to an ongoing push for immigration reform, and the administration is reportedly planning a sweeping regulatory push on carbon emissions this summer. Meanwhile, nobody expects much action on the issues that Americans actually wanted Washington to focus on: tax and entitlement reform have been back-burnered, and the plight of the unemployed seems to have dropped off the D.C. radar screen entirely.

via Instapundit