This is getting ridiculous.
Immigration is the issue that got President Donald Trump elected, and doing something about the mess that has been made in the United States on it in the last three decades is something that Congress just can’t seem to get done.
On Tuesday, the House of Representatives failed again.
The bill, which failed by a margin of 121 to 301, would have attempted to resolve the child separation crisis at the Southwest border by allowing children to be held in detention along with their parents. The House failure gives lawmakers few options, and little time, to intervene before Congress adjourns Thursday for the July 4 recess.
The bill that was initially drafted to provide legal status to the “Dreamers” who were brought to the country illegally as children years ago. The bill also would have provided $25 billion to build President Trump’s long-sought wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, and would have imposed steep cuts to legal immigration programs.
That vote differential means that the Republicans couldn’t even get a majority of their own people to vote for the thing.
The bill represented House Republicans’ most steadfast effort in decades to find a compromise between moderates and conservatives, legislation that provides a path to citizenship for recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, as well as $25 billion for border security including the President’s border wall.
A more conservative proposal known as the Goodlatte bill — named after Virginia Republican Rep. Bob Goodlatte — earned 193 votes, just a little more than 20 votes shy of passing Thursday.
What is getting really obvious here is that many incumbents SAY they are for immigration reform but are not following through with their campaign promises. That includes Freedom Caucus members who want all or nothing on their list of demands and are not willing to take incremental victories.
It’s enough to drive Americans up a wall – and the money for that hasn’t passed, either.
Note to Congress: Knock it off. Trump was elected, partially, to deal with illegal immigration and the basket of goodies those crossing the border for no reason other than they want to get when people here are hurting. It’s time to do the job on Capitol Hill on behalf of us, We the People, not illegals and not parents who allow their children to take a dangerous and deadly journey across a desert.