Saturday, August 2, 2014

US Border Crisis: Update--Is a Constitutional Crisis Underway and No One Told Us?

According to The Associated Press, the House Republicans approved a $694 million bill to address the crisis of unaccompanied migrant youths arriving at the US-México border on Friday (August 1).

That being said: The bill has virtually NO chance of ever being signed by President Obama, so why expend the time and energy to pass it?

The Republican legislation passed 223-189, after the Senate left the capital for a five-week summer break.

COMMENT: If only most hard-working taxpayers could get a five-week summer break. 

Perhaps it is time for re-validate the central foundation of the legislature in the US' three separate, but equal federal branches of government as the purpose of the legislature is to "legislate," not to have the country's President "circumvent the two bodies of the House and Senate." 

A second and legitimate point is that if the US President's belief is that he will "rule" with a "phone and a pen," and intentionally circumvent the "legislature," then perhaps President Obama was elected King and no one reported it in the media?

As passed, the Republican bill would increase spending for the National Guard at the border and add immigration judges and detention facilities. It also would make policy changes so that the thousands of migrant children, most of them from Central America, could be sent home more hastily.

President Obama's response to the bill was that  "he'd act unilaterally, as best he could."

Unfortunately, such a statement is preposterous considering that in the President's mind he truly believes that "circumventing Congress is his only legitimate path."

Later Friday night (August 1), the House approved a companion measure that would shut down a program created by Obama that grants work permits to immigrants brought to the US illegally as children. 

It also seemed poised to prevent more than 700,000 people who've already gotten work permits under the program from renewing them, ultimately making them subject to deportation.

Three months before midterm elections, House Republicans were determined to show that they could take action to address the crisis involving tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors fleeing violence and poverty in Central America to cross illegally into Texas.

More than 57,000 unaccompanied youths have arrived since October, mostly from El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala, plus tens of thousands more migrants traveling as families.

Conservative Republican lawmakers objected to sending any more money to Obama without a strong stance against his two-year-old deportation relief program, which Republicans blame for causing the current border crisis by creating the perception that once here, young "illegals" would be permitted to stay, a point President Obama disputes.

The Republican plans met with protest from immigration advocates and Democrats, who warned Republicans that they'd be alienating Latino voters for years to come. Latino voters backed Obama in his 2012 re-election.

The new Republican border bill would pay for strapped border agencies only for the final two months of this budget year, falling far short of the $3.7 billion Obama initially requested to deal with the crisis into next year.