With Media Focused On Attacking Trump, Congress Quietly Passes Bill S211 To Reform Immigration
President Trump has been walking a difficult road since he entered office just under a month ago. Compared to what he is facing while in the White House, his “impossible” election looks simple.
Every action he takes is scrutinized and criticized by liberals, the media, and even some Republicans. They have joined forces to try and make it impossible for President Trump to actually accomplish anything. They have had a fair amount of success and many of Trump’s actions are taking longer than they should to complete.
While the world is focusing on the Commander-in-Chief, waiting to see how they can interfere next, a Republican Congress has been working quietly behind the scenes. Without the normal scrutiny, they have been able to accomplish several major bills that will only serve to aid President Trump in his battles.
Immigration is at the top of everyone’s list for contentious subjects. President Trump is fighting to fix the problem but with liberals standing fast, he is forced to take smaller, slower steps. On the other hand, Congress has made some important ones and nobody seems to have noticed.
S.211 – State Refugee Security Act: Introduced by Senator Ted Cruz, this bill allows Governors the ability to reject the settlement of any refugee in that state. This would be the default stance “unless there is adequate assurance that the alien does not present a security risk.”
This is vital to states such as Minnesota and Washington who have opposed the settlement of refugees within their states and were essentially overruled by the Obama administration. It is common sense that states should have a say, it is their resources and their citizens who are being drained when these huge resettlement camps are placed.
States that have large resettlements have been torn apart, their crime rates spiking as refugees run rampant.
S.180 – Introduced by Senator Chuck Grassley, would change the criteria to be eligible for certain H1b and L1 work visas. Immigrants applying for these would need to have a U.S degree in that field or an acceptable equivalent.
H.R. 643 – Visa Overstay Enforcement Act: Introduced by Representative Lou Barletta, would increase penalties if immigrants overstay their visa terms. Those who violate the dates on their visas would face a fine and up to six months in jail. Subsequent offenses would carry a penalty of up to two years in jail
Senator Grassley is also working to assist in mandating the E-verify program. This would be a computerized government record system that confirms employees’ authorization to work in the U.S. This would greatly reduce the capability of illegals to manipulate the system and gain employment under false pretenses.
The bill would also require notification from the U.S Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) of anyone who receives a final “non-confirmation” message. That message signifies that an employee is not authorized to work in the United States.
The E-verify system had come under scrutiny before and was considered a form of computerized mass deportation. Given what President Trump hopes to accomplish with immigration, the E-verify system would be a major boost, the electronic equivalent of President Trump’s wall.
In a similar security vein, the House approved almost 20 bills regarding Department of Homeland Security (DHS) procedures including;
H.R. 505 – “Strengthen accountability or deployment of border security technology.”
H.R. 612 – Will establish a grant program to “promote cooperative research between the U.S. and Israel on cybersecurity.”
Previous lax procedures allowed cyber terrorism to become a major threat for the United States. These bills are probably just the beginning of more legislation to combat that danger.
In addition to strengthened security to battle outside risks, the House confronted insider access as well with three different bills.
H.R. 666 – Established a program entitled “Insider Threat.” This would aid in identifying “the threat that an insider will use his or her authorized access, wittingly or unwittingly, to do harm to the security of the United States, including damage to the United States through espionage, terrorism, the unauthorized disclosure of classified national security information, or through the loss or degradation of departmental resources or capabilities.”
Although H.R. 666 does not specifically mention whistle-blowers, think Edward Snowden and Chelsea Manning, two other bills do
H.R.914 and H.R. 67, a.k.a. the “Thoroughly Investigating Retaliation Against Whistleblowers Act.” The contradictory legislation suggests the DHS has a vested interest in maintaining the outside appearance of a pro-whistleblower stance, even as they devote more resources to identifying whistleblowers within the department.
Besides immigration and security policies, Congress took aim at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Department of Education, the Election Assistance Comission, Roe v. Wade, nuclear technology, and marijuana legislation.
Two bills, both containing one sentence each, were introduced. One would terminate or at least severely limit the EPA and the other would terminate the Department of Education.
A total of 7 bills between the House and Senate went after Roe v. Wade, Republicans taking advantage of their majority to do battle for pro-life advocates; S. 231, H.R. 681, S. Res.15, H.R. 692, H.R. 718, H.R. 354, and H.R. 7.
Each of these 7 tackles a piece of the longstanding right to choose legislation including disposal of fetal parts and defunding Planned Parenthood.
It is heartening to see such support of our President at a time when everyone appears determined to stop him. Little of the current controversy has to do with the issues. Liberals are fighting a losing battle because they have problems with President Trump, not necessarily his policies.
Along the way, of no concern to the left, they are causing unnecessary delays for important legislation. All that they are truly accomplishing is showing the world that the Democratic Party has become a futile, broken entity.