Skip to comments.Commissioner Staples Urges U.S. House to do Better Than the Senate Gang Of Eight Bill
Posted on 06/29/2013 7:20:39 AM PDT by OddLane
Texas Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples today released the following statement regarding the U.S. Senates passage of the Gang of Eight immigration bill.
"In the 80s, we had parachute pants, big hair and the 1986 amnesty law. Let us never repeat those mistakes.
Passing a law through the U.S. Senate that has no chance of passing through the U.S. House is about as useful as a plate with no food. I am pro-jobs, pro-security, pro-family and pro-legal immigration. Unfortunately, this bill is pro-status quo.
This legislation, with its flawed and unaccountable border security measures, arbitrarily small caps on visas, and a new and special pathway to citizenship for those whove broken our laws, ensures our failed immigration system will only continue to fuel an underground economy.
America must have a secure border and reform our failed immigration system that currently cheats U.S. taxpayers, U.S. workers and immigrants alike. Our U.S. House must now pass a meaningful bill that secures our borders, provides the workforce we need and upholds what it means to be a citizen of this great country. The American Dream is very much alive, and we welcome all who choose to abide by our laws. We must not play political poker games with what we hold most dear, our citizenship.
In 1986, we were told a one-time amnesty was needed to resolve the status of the undocumented, and nearly three million people received legal permanent residency. In 2013, at least 11 million immigrants are living in the shadows. If we continue on course, in 2040 will Congress grant amnesty to another 40 million people? Rewarding those who knowingly broke our nations immigration laws and refusing to create a market-based visa system isnt a solution. Rather, it entices continued disregard of our nations laws.
Unfortunately, the U.S. Senate today bit off more than they had to, and the result is that their work will likely be dead on arrival when it reaches the U.S. House of Representatives.
I can only hope enough pressure gets put on the House members and Boehner to DO NOTHING... sit on the process until next Congressional Session... The Senate cannot be trusted. Any House bill will be gutted in conference and totally replaced by the Senate Bill - then passed - then signed.
Boehner needs to be POUNDED into resigning and replaced by someone who will listen to Conservatives. A change of Speakers would put the legislative process into chaos for weeks - thus precluding any bad legislation passing... House members need to be placed under massing calling campaigns
Were not going to vote on the Senate bill. Were doing it our own way on a separate track,and we are being very methodical about this . . . We know where the Senate bill has failed. We have an obligation to fix it in the House.
The ONLY "fix" is to get on a single-minded track to securing the border. 20 years from now, if the border is secure, they can bring up some sort of "integration" plan.
Any chance Todd Staples will run for governor of Texas?
I hope there are a lot more Ted Cruzes and a lot less Perrys and Cornyns in the future.