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Is A Revived Border Fence Tough Enough To Coax ‘Yes’ Votes From Senate Conservatives On Immigration Reform?

June 21, 2013 by  

Is A Revived Border Fence Tough Enough To Coax ‘Yes’ Votes From Senate Conservatives On Immigration Reform?
A U.S. Border Patrol truck sits near the fence along the border between the United States and Mexico in Nogales, Ariz. Also in the photo is an electronic surveillance tower.

Two days ago, it looked as though an effort by conservatives to force completion of a 700-mile fence along the U.S.-Mexico border had died on the Senate floor.

But Thursday, it appeared that a revived, retooled border security amendment had made its way back into the discussion, with some Senate Republicans — at least those who are eager to see an immigration reform bill passed — tacking the proposal back onto the Gang of Eight’s controversial, yet bipartisan legislation.

The move is designed to appease conservatives who’ve sworn they won’t support the immigration package on a final vote, especially after Tuesday’s failure of a proposal that would have mandated the border fence, which has been partially constructed in parts of the far Southwest, be finished.

The overall bill still includes a path to citizenship for the estimated 11 million illegal aliens who’ve crossed the border from Mexico to seek better economic fortunes, and many Senate conservatives have promised there’s no amount of sweetening the deal — by throwing in border fences or anything else — that will persuade them to vote for an immigration package that grants amnesty to illegal aliens.

Still, it was a Republican — Senator Bob Corker of Tennessee — who helped re-sell Senate conservatives on a reworked version of the border fence amendment. “For people who are concerned about border security, once they see what is in this bill, it’s almost overkill,” he said Thursday.

Aside from the fence itself, Corker’s border security markup apparently promises to double the number of patrol agents working the border region and to budget additional money for drone surveillance.

Gang of Eight Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), whose stock among conservatives has taken a devastating hit as his support for immigration reform (read: amnesty) has increased, also touted the Corker plan Thursday, as did Vice President Joe Biden.

Meanwhile, unwavering conservatives in the Senate don’t look like they can be persuaded. Senator Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) said amnesty in any form will depress current wages and unload a flood of unskilled labor on the American economy that wouldn’t abate for more than a decade.

“This legislation — if it were to pass — the wages of American workers will fall for the next 12 years,” he warned. “They will be lower than inflation rates… It’s going to increase unemployment and it’s going to pull down wages. That is exactly the wrong thing that ought to be happening at this time. How in the world can we justify passing a bill that hammers the American working man and woman that’s out trying to feed a family?”

Session got his information from a Congressional Budget Office report released this week that attempts to estimate the long-term economic effect the immigration bill would have on the United States if it becomes law.

Among other findings, the CBO “…expect[s] that a greater number of immigrants with lower skills than with higher skills would be added to the workforce, slightly pushing down the average wage for the labor force as a whole… However, CBO and JCT [the Joint Committee on Taxation] expect that currently unauthorized workers who would obtain legal status under S. 744 would see an increase in their average wages… [An] increase in the average wage would not occur for a dozen years.”

Ben Bullard

Reconciling the concept of individual sovereignty with conscientious participation in the modern American political process is a continuing preoccupation for staff writer Ben Bullard. A former community newspaper writer, Bullard has closely observed the manner in which well-meaning small-town politicians and policy makers often accept, unthinkingly, their increasingly marginal role in shaping the quality of their own lives, as well as those of the people whom they serve. He argues that American public policy is plagued by inscrutable and corrupt motives on a national scale, a fundamental problem which individuals, families and communities must strive to solve. This, he argues, can be achieved only as Americans rediscover the principal role each citizen plays in enriching the welfare of our Republic.

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  • flashy

    A) Keep wages low in what sectors ? Ummmm….the very labor sectors currently heavily used by criminal and tax evading employers using illegal labor now ! Maids, lands aping, farmor, etc. The flaw in this bill is not the impact on the undocumented who are looking for work …. It’s giving criminal employers a free pass from evading taxes and violating employment laws !

    It’s not the poor guy looking for a job that’s a problem, its those hiring them who are the problem and criminals ! You’re being played on this one…the radicals ate playing on fear and prejudice to go e sanction to criminal activities !

    B). Remember, a fence works both ways ….

  • Freeman

    Border First .Send illegals back …

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  • Debbie

    Border security will only work if ICE agents are permitted to do their jobs. Neapolitans isn’t going to let that happen anytime soon

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  • kent zastrow

    You can check out any time you want…BUT YOU CAN NEVER LEAVE!! Who knew the eagles were prophets too! Rep. Jeff sessions is very correct in predicting economic outcomes of this dangerous bill. Prepare for a wild ride down the slippery slope of progressism

  • Ron r

    Great info Nen except you left out the positive numbers the CBO put in the report. Oh,my bad you are from the Fox “news” school of reporting.

  • Don miller

    Well the border fence was supposed to be built fifth years ago they were given the money but to date no fence just like everything else in this country they get the money first then we the people just keep on getting the shaft no more money take the money away and we the people will take care of it just like the old saying goes if you want anything done right do it yourself all we the people do is keep feeding the machine and getting nothing in return we get no return on our investment in Washington time to quit wasting our money and time and do it ourselves then we control the outcome not Washington all they do is keep lining their pockets with our hard earned money then don’t even want to pay us a decent wage minimum wage in this country is the program that could use reform it should be about 20 dollars an hour according to the price of goods and living tell me where a man could rent a decent place to live on 7.50 an hour and god help him if he has a wife and children ridicoulas while our elected officials get on c-span wearing 1200.00 dollar suits and have 12 different houses in 12 different states and 14 motorcycles 10 boats and go on exotic vacations 6 times a year I don’t know about you but somehow that just doesn’t seem right we the people work ourselves into an early grave for corporate America and this government and they reap all the glory and benefits ass backwards if you ask me take the money away and end the corruption,waste, and abuse elect officials with integrity not popularity and flash one of us an official whose walked in our shoes not someone who bought their position but the only way to do that is do a thorough background check and of course a drug screen turn around is fair play isn’t it all the things we have to abide by they get to sidestep and are never held accountable when they get caught ridin dirty no fairness in that sounds like a bunch of political thugsters a new gang in this country the white house gang or should we call them the Washington puppets


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