The argument about the border bill will continue, but this could all be taken care of with current federal law

February 6 — For a long time, lawmakers have been arguing back and forth about legislation addressing the wide-open southern border in this country where literally hundreds of thousands of people crossed illegally in December alone. 

But a whole lot of people are pointing to current federal law, which would allow the president to shut down the border. 

There is a bill in the US Senate at the moment that is crawling its way through the Chamber that attempts to address the border issue. 

Pat Ryan of NewsTalk 103.7FM noted, “The lie started on day one of this president, the worst president in American history, reverse thrusters on what was working on the southern border and unleashing a mess in this country in major cities and coming to your city. Make no mistake. This is Joe Biden’s border horror. And this proposal is ridiculous.”

The Senate will vote on the bill tomorrow. 

Attorney Clint Barkdoll said, “There are a number of Senators on the record saying there are no votes, but it still looks like they could have the 60 votes to pass it. The House, Speaker Johnson and Steve Scalise are saying they’re not even going to allow their members to vote on it, which is interesting.”

The Wall Street Journal editorial page endorsed the bill yesterday. 

Barkdoll added, “Also notably yesterday, the Border Agent Union, they came out in support of this bill. Now they’re really noteworthy because A, they’ve been very critical of President Biden and B, they endorsed Donald Trump in 2020. They’re likely going to endorse him again. That union is saying we need this bill. These are the kinds of things we need to get this done.”

Last night, some Senators on the negotiating committee suggested they might take more time to tweak this bill a bit. 

Barkdoll said, “Might that be where a compromise gets made and they still try to get something to the finish line? After this week, they’re going into recess for two weeks. So once again, this week if there’s no action, we’re going to be waiting probably until the end of February, if not early March until you would see this taken up again.”

Michele Jansen of NewsTalk 103.7FM said, “There’s so many problems with this bill. I want to make a point though about the union tends to have a narrow focus when it looks at exactly what impacts their guys right now. They’re right, there’s some things in there they would like to help their guys. There’s also increases in pay, which we know traditionally unions are very fond of. I don’t think they’re looking overall though. I don’t think the union’s bothering to look at the long term impacts of this bill, which is where a lot of these problems exist. I mean, there’s just some amazing mind blowing things in here that I think people don’t realize. Did you hear that they are moving the judicial decisions from the border states to none other than Washington, DC. How do people think those decisions are going to go? As one of the Senators pointed out who’s against this, for the first time this gives the Secretary of Homeland Security, this gives Mayorkas the say over whether people get amnesty, eventually amnesty or not. This will be the very first time they give that power to allow illegal aliens, without review by immigration courts, the right to have the pathway to citizenship to get a work visa. Oh, they tap that as a success of this. We’re going to allow these people to work and so therefore they’ll be able to take care of themselves. What? How much more are you attracting people to come to this country if you can guarantee if they get through the asylum process that they will get a work visa. This is an insane proposition for a country. How about all the money for the NGOs, the non governmental organizations to resettle illegal aliens, this is a massive doubling of the amount of money that will go to these places. They’re lining up to make this money. I’m sorry, you get a lot of grifters and those who aren’t really so concerned about the impact of where these people go or the people themselves if they can make a lot of money, $933 million of that is said to be available immediately without conditions. These are really bad things they’re setting up. Plus emergency powers to waive it whenever the president deems it necessary.”

Ryan added, “And they 4,000 or 5,000 people in a day and then they’ll shut the border down until tomorrow.”

Jansen continued, “And minimum 1,400 a day. I thought that was a crisis through the 30 ports of entry.”

Barkdoll said, “If they reach the 4,000 threshold, they’re still exceptions, that up to 1,400 can make these special applications. No doubt this is an imperfect bill and not everyone’s going to get what they want. We have a divided government. I mean, the Democrats control the White House and the Senate. Republicans control the House. It is interesting that you see Biden and the Senate Democrats saying well, it has to be this way. Then you see Mike Johnson saying well it has to be our way or no way. That’s not how a divided government works. There’s give and take. There’s funding in this bill to also expand the wall. Not everyone is going to get everything they want in this but the problem is the way it’s crafted now it does not look like the votes are going to be there to get this passed. I am a little skeptical of Johnson. Just put it on the floor for a vote. If it’s so bad, put it on the floor and let these members vote it up or down. He’s concerned about putting it on the floor so that it’s going to pass. That’s the reality of it. That’s open to some criticism.”

Johnson also rolled out a standalone Israeli aid bill. Biden last night said he will veto that.

Barkdoll pointed out, “So here once again, it doesn’t matter what’s good for the country. It’s all this politics getting in the way. Biden doesn’t want to give Johnson a perceived victory. Johnson doesn’t want to give Biden a perceived victory and everything is just in this logjam. In a few weeks, we may be talking about this in the rearview mirror and nothing will have happened. It’ll just go on like it is now.”

Jansen said, “Codifying some of this stuff I think that’s where the danger is. So I honestly think doing nothing is actually better for the country in the long run than doing anything in this bill, which may lock, tie the hands of any future presidents from stopping this tidal wave of people from coming in.”