The time to fight amnesty is now, say the leaders of 10 activist groups, but with leaders in the Congress like Rep. John Boehner, R-Ohio, and Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., the fight looks more like a dog rolling over for its master.
That’s why the groups – which include tea party and anti-illegal immigration activists – have signed a letter calling on Republicans to oust Boehner and McConnell from their respective posts in the House and Senate, citing evidence they have colluded with the White House to legalize five million illegal aliens. That, they say, can only be interpreted as an open invitation for more illegals to cross the border.
An omnibus spending bill up for a vote this week, possibly as early as tonight or Thursday, includes spending for the Department of Homeland Security that will be used to implement amnesty. Nearly $1 billion in aid would go to integrate illegals into communities nationwide.
William Gheen, president of Americans for Legal Immigration and one of the signatories to the letter, says the bill before the House is a betrayal of the values represented by more than 70 percent of the people who voted in last month’s mid-term elections.
“They’re mocking the public and it’s a huge deception. We can’t allow that deception to prevail. What we need right now is we need the phones ringing off the hook,” Gheen said. “Word in D.C. is Boehner is hell bent on getting his plan through to help Obama with the budget and American citizens out there now have less than 48 hours to respond and take action to change that.”
Gheen is joined in the letter by the leaders of Tea Party Nation, Restore American Liberty, 2 Million Bikers to D.C., Overpasses for America, Minnesotans Seeking Immigration Reform, N.C. Listen, NCFIRE, Riders USA and The Remembrance Project.
Numbers USA is also motivating its members to send a message to the Republicans in Congress. The nation’s largest anti-immigration group has thus far stopped short of calling for Boehner and McConnell to resign their leadership posts, but the group sent an email alert to its members Tuesday that said any vote for “Boehner’s CR omnibus amnesty bill” will be remembered and duly noted as a vote for amnesty.
“Numbers USA will score as a vote for amnesty a vote for the CR omnibus that House GOP Leaders intend to bring to the floor this week, unless it includes language to defund the President’s unconstitutional amnesty,” the email said.
“It should be obvious to all Members, as it is to Americans, that Congress cannot in good faith fund an unconstitutional act for any period of time,” the email continued. “Without question, the Department of Homeland Security, and more specifically, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, would play the central role in carrying out the President’s unconstitutional amnesty. There should be no debate about restricting their ability to use fees or appropriations to do so.”
But the DHS should not be the only agency that gets handcuffed by Congress, the Numbers USA email said. It listed the Social Security Administration, the IRS, the Department of Health and Human Services and the Justice Department as all having roles in amnesty that must be defunded.
According to the Senate Conservatives Fund, the following Republican leaders in the House want to pass a $1.1 trillion spending bill that funds the president’s “unlawful executive amnesty.”
1. Rep. John Boehner, Speaker of the House
2. Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., majority leader
3. Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., majority whip
4. Rep. Patrick McHenry, R-N.C., chief deputy whip
5. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., conference chair
6. Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., NRCC chair
7. Rep. Luke Messer, R-Indiana, policy committee chair
8. Rep. Hal Rogers, R-Ky,, appropriations committee chair
9. Rep. Pete Sessions, R-Texas, rules committee chair
10. Rep. Bill Flores, R-Texas, Republican study committee chair
They are ignoring millions of Americans who oppose this action and tens of thousands of people who have been urging them to honor their oath and defend the Constitution, the Senate Conservative Fund stated.
Gheen sees the actions of Boehner and McConnell as nothing short of a criminal conspiracy in which the two congressional leaders talk as if they are against amnesty while working to support it.
At this point, only “burning up the phone lines” will stop the collusion of the two parties, he says. But time is running out.
The vote on the spending bill is scheduled to take place within the next 12 to 48 hours.
On an earlier bill in the House last Friday, the House leadership actually changed the text, swapping out language that was meant to rein in Obama’s executive actions.
“Switching the text of that bill, a lot of people are shocked and in disbelief about that,” Gheen said. “It is so disturbing to people that they don’t want to believe it’s true. ‘I hope this isn’t true’ or ‘this can’t be happening,’ they’re saying. There’s a lot of denial, it’s not really sinking in for some folks.”
But as more people get wind of the story coming out of Washington this week, more of them don’t like the way it smells, he said.
“From our viewpoint Boehner and McConnell are both too far gone, too closely tied into the Obama camp on immigration to ever be trusted,” he said.
ALIPAC has identified 30 Republican senators as against the Obama-Boehner-McConnell camp, which means they out-number the pro-amnesty Republicans by a 2-to-1 margin in the Senate. In the House the advantage for anti-amnesty lawmakers is even greater at 3 to 1.
“We have the numerical advantage, what we need is just the amount of public output here to push lawmakers to oust Boehner and McConnell,” said Gheen, who believes secret meetings on amnesty have been held “through proxies” between the Republican leaders and the White House.
He also cites a report by radio host Mark Levin that McConnell worked behind the scenes last year to pass Senate Bill 744, widely considered by conservatives to be an amnesty bill.
“He was organizing for it and then voted against it to avoid the wrath of the conservative Kentucky voters,” Gheen said.
“It is becoming obvious that if Boehner and McConnell retain their positions there will be no real resistance to Obama and illegal amnesty,” he said. “Obama, Boehner and McConnell are on the same team, and with the evidence we are documenting here the American people should have no real hope that anything will be done to stop Obama.”
Numbers USA has also reported on a vision for America within the Congress that divides across party lines on the issue of immigration.
A large percentage of Congress — a majority on certain measures — believe that virtually all illegal border crossers along with those who enter legally but overstay their visas should be allowed to remain in the U.S. forever, says a report on the Numbers USA website.
“Since 1997, Congress and presidents have several times decided to give various groups of those illegal aliens the right to U.S. citizenship as a reward for their resourcefulness in evading our Border Patrol and immigration laws,” the report states. “Not surprisingly, news of these rewards has spread globally and enticed hundreds of thousands more to become resourceful illegal aliens.
“In Congress, there now is a serious debate about whether the nation should even try to enforce its immigration laws. The debate is between “national-community Americans” — those who continue to believe in the idea of a separate, self-governed nation — and those who have a “post-American” vision. The post-American vision is for (1) America’s workers to be “allowed” to compete directly with every worker in the world who makes the effort to move to this country and for (2) the quality of life of a local community to be determined by global forces rather than by democratic self-determination.”
Gheen says the Constitution is being undermined by a criminal conspiracy to get an unpopular policy, amnesty, implemented in defiance of the expressed will of the American voters.
Gheen says he doesn’t believe Obama would have acted so boldly coming off of an election sweep of his party had he not been assured ahead of time by the GOP leadership in Congress that there would be no serious consequences for taking unilateral action.
He sees any comments by Boehner or McConnell in opposition to Obama’s amnesty as mere lip service meant to fool the public.
“What we need right now is the phones to be ringing off the hook,” Gheen said. He believes that may be the only way to break up the “Obama-Boehner-McConnell amnesty plot” that 74 percent of voters in the last election oppose.
“That’s the ammo right there. That’s the sharp point that can break through this deception,” he said.
He said filing lawsuits won’t get the job done.
“We think that is a weak plan,” he said.
“We think impeachment would be a wonderful plan that needs to be on the table but it won’t happen with Boehner-McConnell at the helm. We believe he would not have made a national policy of amnesty without assurances from Boehner and McConnell that he would face no serious consequences for doing so.”