NumbersUSA Grade Cards apparently more powerful than Trump Tweets.
We believe you won’t have to fight another amnesty until at least after the fall elections.
Thanks for all you did to achieve this result yesterday, 6/27/18.
The defeat of the amnesty in the U.S. House of Representatives earlier was so resounding that it should have sent clear signals to Republican leaders to stop trying to trick voters with half-baked immigration expansion bills.
The vote was a relief after the bad news with which we were greeted this morning. Pres. Trump had tweeted:
“HOUSE REPUBLICANS SHOULD PASS THE STRONG BUT FAIR IMMIGRATION BILL . . .”
Since last Friday, most assumed he had withdrawn any possibility of support. But House Speaker Ryan had been pressing the President to throw full support behind his amnesty in desperate hope his endorsement would persuade the anti-amnesty Trump supporters in the House to push the Ryan amnesty into passage.
Many observers thought that might be just enough for Ryan to get the big amnesty he was seeking as a trophy for his final year of leadership in the House.
But standing in the way of the Trump Tweet Effect were the NumbersUSA Grade Cards — and the grassroots army that gives them their power and influence.
Our Capitol Hill Team had made clear to all Members of the House yesterday that NumbersUSA would be grading Ryan’s H.R. 6136 so-called compromise bill as a full-scale amnesty.
The power of that scoring notice came from the thousands of phone callers over the past week. They have made it clear to Representatives that their constituents know about our Grade Cards, rely on them and trust them, including trusting them over what a tweet from the President might indicate.
Here was my official statement to the media this afternoon:
The unwillingness of the House leadership to prevent future flows of illegal immigrants and to protect struggling working-age Americans led to the demise of a DACA fix.
Last week, without leadership help, Republicans came close with 193 votes on a solution that would have mandated E-Verify for all future hires and significantly reduced future annual flows of foreign workers by eliminating chain migration.
The attempt today to move a leadership bill got only 121 votes because it did neither, ensuring that Congress would have the same debate over amnesty in five or 10 years.
Because the leadership bill effectively gave amnesty to the parents who chose to bring their children here in violation of the law, passage of it would have spurred additional surges of parents dragging children across the border.
All Democrats voted against the Ryan amnesty because it did include a number of helpful enforcement measures, and no Democrat at this moment wants to show any support for enforcement. That Democratic oppostiion to any enforcement combined with votes of some three dozen immigration-expansionist Republicans last week to narrowly block our endorsed solution of mandating E-Verify and ending chain migration.
Thanks again for all you did to persuade enough Republicans to overwhelmingly kill the Ryan amnesty.
Read on if you would like to see what we sent to every Member of Congress yesterday. Congressional offices follow scoring notices like this very closely.
NumbersUSA to Score Against H.R. 6136
In October of last year, the White House issued an extensive list of immigration principles. Among those principles were ending chain migration, mandating the use of E-Verify, fixing unaccompanied alien children and asylum loopholes, ending sanctuary cities, and improving interior enforcement. The President stated:
“These findings outline reforms that must be included as part of any legislation addressing the status of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients. Without these reforms, illegal immigration and chain migration, which severely and unfairly burden American workers and taxpayers, will continue without end.”
H.R. 6136, not only fails to fulfill the original immigration principles, but fails to even complete the President’s Four Pillars of required reform by ending only a portion of chain migration, while expanding the amnesty to an estimated 1.8-2.4 million illegal aliens and providing them with a special path to citizenship.
Notably, H.R. 6136 retains the current unlimited visa category for parents of citizens, so the parents who chose to bring their children here in violation of the law are effectively given a path to citizenship, as well.
Moreover, because the bill says specifically that illegal aliens who are apprehended after the date of enactment (p. 174), who are in removal proceedings (p. 175), or who have been ordered removed but ignored the order (p. 176) must all be allowed to apply for amnesty if they are prima facie eligible. This means that immigration enforcement across the country will come to a virtual halt for several years since every illegal alien under the age of 40 will claim to be eligible for amnesty and will have to be given a chance to apply and have the application adjudicated before he or she may be removed. Amazingly, the bill actually allows certain convicted alien smugglers to qualify for amnesty, as well (p. 164).
While some interior enforcement provisions from the original Goodlatte bill were included, they have been significantly watered down and do not include mandatory E-Verify, ensuring that Congress will be having this same debate over amnesty in five or 10 years.
Accordingly, we will score against H.R. 6136 as a mass amnesty bill.
|ROY BECK, NUMBERSUSA PRESIDENT