Jeb! admits we can’t deport ’em all

(AP)

Jeb Bush conceded the blooming obvious today on immigration:

“While passions run high on this issue, there is no rational plan to deport millions of people that the American people would support. It would disrupt communities and families and could cost taxpayers hundreds of billions of dollars.”

As an alternative to the impossible, the GOP presidential candidate proposes a comprehensive approach to illegal immigration that in the end would allow those already here illegally to “pass a thorough criminal background checks, pay fines, pay taxes, learn English, obtain a provisional work permit and work, not receive federal government assistance, and over an extended period of time earn legal status.”

In short, conservatives will howl, “AMNESTY!!!!!”

To mute that criticism, Bush has paired his path to legalization with proposals to significantly boost border enforcement as well, arguing that taken together, “the policies I am advocating can ultimately receive bipartisan support in Congress and become law.”

While I wish that was true, we already know that’s it’s not.

As you pore over the details of Bush’s policy proposal, it quickly becomes obvious that it’s a less detailed version of  Senate Bill 744, the comprehensive immigration package passed by the Democratic Senate in 2013 with just 14 Republican votes.

In the Republican-led House, however, that bill never received so much as a committee hearing. Speaker John Boehner made it quite clear that because it contained a path to legalization, there would be no vote on that bill, and no negotiations with the Senate. It was a complete non-starter. He instead promised that the House would produce its own immigration bill, which it never did.

And again, the parallels between the Bush proposal and the proposal that was so summarily rejected by House leadership are striking:

  • Bush endorses an upgrade of the E-Verify system used to establish legal status for employment; the Senate bill contained $750 million for that upgrade, and would have mandated its use by employers.
  • Bush proposes more Border Patrol agents and hundreds of miles of new fencing. S. 744 would have doubled the size of the Border Patrol and added 700 miles of fencing.
  • Bush believes strongly in the the use of technology, “such as drones, advanced sensors, and radar” used to create “a multi-layered ‘defense in depth’ where additional lines of defense increase the likelihood of detecting and apprehending illegal crossers.” S. 744 would have put numbers to that rhetoric, financing new 85 border observation towers, 488 fixed-based, 24-hour video surveillance systems, 232 mobile video surveillance systems, 4,595 ground and infrared sensors, and 820 handheld infrared and night-vision systems, plus thousands of other border-enforcement tools such as radiation sensors, license-plate readers, etc.. It would also have purchased almost 50 helicopters, 30 boats, four drones and six VADER ground-radar systems.
  • Bush complains that today, “agents have to navigate byzantine environmental rules and regulations to access federal lands, which make up a large portion of the southwest border. Removing these restrictions would help untie the hands of our agents to patrol every inch of the border.” The Senate plan would have given the secretary of Homeland Security the right to waive any federal law, including the Endangered Species Act and other environmental laws, that might interfere with fence construction.
  • Bush would focus attention on immigrants who come here legally, as tourists or students, and then overstay their visas. S. 744 would have done the same, requiring Homeland Security to identify, track and remove at least 90 percent of visitors who overstay their visas by more than 180 days.

To sweeten the pot, Bush does take a swipe at “sanctuary cities” that the Senate bill did not, denying federal aid to police agencies that do not cooperate fully with federal immigration officials. And in a transparent act of dishonesty, he blames the failure to pass comprehensive immigration reform not on his own party total opposition to legal status, but on President Obama.

“Instead of leading the nation towards consensus, he has divided the country,” Bush claims. “One has to ask whether he is more interested in providing a wedge issue for his party than offering a solution for the country.”

Politically speaking, I understand that — if you’re running for president in a Republican primary, you can’t blame Republican failures on Republicans, and in that situation there’s no better scapegoat than Obama. But the truth is that Obama repeatedly delayed taking executive action on immigration in hopes that congressional Republicans could be convinced to do the right thing. He acted late last year, six years after taking office, only after it became clear that Republican leaders were too afraid of their own backbenchers and base to do what they, and Bush, know is necessary.

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lvg
lvg

Yeah and give more B-! visas to folks with high demand tech skills so cons can pay cheaper wages to them instead of Americans.(part of GOP agenda)

LaKeisha
LaKeisha

The most important thing is to seal the border as securely as possible so that...in ten years...we won't have yet ANOTHER 15 million illegals clamoring for another round of immigration "reform."

Mexico has vast mineral wealth (including precious metals and vast oil reserves), fertile farmland, a big fishing industry, a lot of very scenic (and historic) sights, and a very big tourism industry.  Why is the country...that the Hispanic culture created there...such an abject failure?

JohnnyReb
JohnnyReb

I see Jay has not received his briefing from Media Matters. 

Philo_Farnsworth
Philo_Farnsworth

Naw, I have it on good authority he gets his direction via a daily DNC conference call.

LogicalDude
LogicalDude

@JohnnyReb Will it be Trump? Obamacare? Climate Change? Gun control? 


Bets start at 5 dollahs. 

oops. . . too late. . . sheetz has been called! 


Edit: and TRUMP it is!!!!!


Hedley_Lammar
Hedley_Lammar

If the GOP seriously considers shutting down the Government over PP they are nuttier than I thought


The problem with these issues is inside their little bubble they think everyone thinks like they do. That PP really is selling body parts to buy Lamborghinis. As ridiculous as that sounds they actually believe that. 


And they always seem stunned when it backfires. Its like a keystone cops routine. 

JohnnyReb
JohnnyReb

@Hedley_Lammar - it's amazing to me that the GOP let ACA pass under reconciliation but don't have the balls to stop the funding of ACA, illegal immigration, or Planned Parenthood with the same tactics.


That in a nutshell is the reason the base has had it with the Republican Elite, especially Boehner and McConnell.


And while I'm on my soap box, if the GOP does take the WH and retain control of Congress, if they don't pass legislation that takes control away from agencies like the EPA and put it back in Congress, they all need to be tared and feathered, run out of town on a rail.

LogicalDude
LogicalDude

@JohnnyReb @Hedley_Lammar Your targeting of the EPA is quite telling.  I thought conservatives liked having clean air, clean water, and a clean environment. 

What other agencies do you want under the legislative branch instead of the executive branch? 

DOD? 

NSA? 

CIA? 

FBI? 

IRS? 

SSI? 


Paul42
Paul42

@Hedley_Lammar 

Seems to rile up the base even more.

Then we'll hear more of "we send these guys to Washington and they become part of the establishment and sell out!!!"


Then they look for people more extreme than Cruz to vote for.

Which works out okay when it's time for the presidential elections.

St Simons he-ne-ha
St Simons he-ne-ha

no no, mon. Theyre selling body parts to Whole Foods, where the brown lady drives up to in her Lambourghini, with food stamps stuffed in here new Nikes.

Paul42
Paul42

@JohnnyReb 

Control of EPA legislation IS in Congress, JR.


EPA issues regulations BASED upon legislation.

Like this latest clean air rule.  Was the result of legislation, EPA action, court challenges that EPA exceeded it's authority), Court ruling that said it was within scope of authority based upon the legislation Congress passed.

Of course, Republicans rarely pass legislation to correct their earlier goofs, but that works out because it gives them a platform to get the base riled up, hate agencies, hate Obama and laugh all the way to the bank as the suckers send in more money.

lvg
lvg

@Hedley_Lammar They killed a five year transportation funding bill over amenments for abortion, es-import bamnk and Obamacare. who said they know how to govern? How many jobs will be lost or delayed for highway and transportation projects?

St Simons he-ne-ha
St Simons he-ne-ha

We're winning the Future, and thats where we'll be spending all our time.

Proceed

barkingfrog
barkingfrog

In almost all elections the thing that matters most is the weather on election day.

KUTGF
KUTGF

Daily we hear about the newest scandal that means Hillary has lost the election against Elmer Fudd.  I am just devastated each day.  Oh how will I survive. 


Meanwhile even Sanders beats Trump. 

steveatl
steveatl

@KUTGF and the polls show hillary crushing Jeb. I think we've already dug up all we can about Hillary, and she's going to win. I'd prefer Sanders or Warren, but hey this is Murica.

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

@steveatl @KUTGF

I'd prefer Sanders or Warren

I'll say it again--I wish Al Franken would toss his hat in the ring. It'd make for some great debates.

But he won't. Oh well.

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

@DownInAlbany @steveatl @KUTGF

DiA, DiA, DiA.

Did I not already tell you the story of Fitzmas?

So that you might learn lessons from us poor lefties-in-exile during the darkest hours of Team Bush's administrative adventures?

LeninTime
LeninTime

Lots of attention being paid to the daily two-party horserace on the Bookman blog here this morning, as usual. 

But no attention being paid to the massive war escalation being launched in the Middle East by the current president, which could ultimately have implications just as huge as the Iraq invasion did.

Hedley_Lammar
Hedley_Lammar

@LeninTime But no attention being paid to the massive war escalation being launched in the Middle East by the current president, which could ultimately have implications just as huge as the Iraq invasion did.


Yes


Obviously pulling out of Iraq, drawing down in Afghanistan and making a deal with Iran =  "massive": escalation. 

LeninTime
LeninTime

@Hedley_Lammar 

Obviously pulling out of Iraq, drawing down in Afghanistan and making a deal with Iran =  "massive": escalation. 

***
Imbecilism isn't cute in right wing fanatics, and it's not cute in liberal authoritarians. 


StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

@LeninTime When will Republicans start to take responsibility for their own messes and stop blaming the ones who attempt to clean it up?

LeninTime
LeninTime

@StraightNoChaser @LeninTime 

Cleaning up messes? 

I'm talking about doubling down and launching new imperial agendas that the previous crew could only have dreamed of getting away with.

Hedley_Lammar
Hedley_Lammar

  A fence is just a first step in the equation. It will not make the border 100% secure but it will make it more secure than it currently is. 


It wont make it secure at all. Its a total waste of time and money. A republican speciality,


They will just build tunnels from Tijuana to San Diego and probably already have. 

skydog12
skydog12

@Hedley_Lammar


...or wait till the wind is right and balloon over in lawn chairs.


How many drones do you need to get up and over?

Peachs
Peachs

Too early to tell what will happen.  Romney won the first debate against Obama becoming Obama. He was heading for an election day win, but Obama got his wits back and started forcing ownership of Romney for failed ideas on the car business in Mich.    


I wonder if this will be Bush's tactic in Thursday's debate, out Trump, Trump fly so close to him that he will have to insult himself if he argues the point that Bush puts out there that is Trump's platform. You literally can't lose no matter how disgusting you get in the Republican debates but if the candidate on the left is worth anything they make you eat it in the general election.The problem with Hilary is she really has some baggage and if challenged by the right candidate she will be the one dodging bullets not the Republican who offends and then ask forgiveness. Devil of the deep blue sea. 

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

@Peachs

Romney won the first debate against Obama becoming Obama. He was heading for an election day win

No he wasn't. A couple of national polls had him up a point. He was never a threat to take the EVs. Never.

But yeah, Obama was terrible in that first debate. I remember tuning in late and wondering what kind of flu he'd caught...

Paul42
Paul42

@Bulls_3y3 

Maybe stopping drinking at 2am will make the 11 am posts make sense?