Republicans Killed the Border Deal to Help Trump. Now They Need a Reason

  • Republicans Killed the Border Deal to Help Trump. Now They Need a Reason

    Posted by outdoorsguy on February 9, 2024 at 3:29 pm

    Republicans Killed the Border Deal to Help Trump. Now They Need a Reason

    Shortly after Russia invaded Ukraine, anti-anti-Russia Republicans began using immigration as a pretext to oppose giving aide to Ukraine, saying we shouldn’t defend Ukraine until the Unite States had solved its border crisis.

    In response to this demand, Senate Republicans began negotiation an enforcement-only bill to reduce pressure on the border.

    A few weeks ago, when Senate negotiations on border security started getting serious, Donald Trump and his allies openly said they opposed any bill, sight unseen, because it would help President Biden’s election campaign.

    Then the bill emerged, and Republicans came out immediately in total opposition, without any counteroffers.

    Now, in stage three, conservatives are explaining their completely principled reasons for rejecting this bill, which putatively have no relationship at all to the transparently political motivation originally floated by Trump et al.

    The chronology — first Republicans demand a border fix to block a completely unrelated policy, then they say they don’t want a border deal because it would help Biden, and then they formulate substantive objections to the border deal on the table — is telling.

    But what are the arguments themselves?

    Have conservatives genuinely developed sound and thoughtful reasons to oppose a border-enforcement bill supported by the hawkish and generally Trumpy Customs and Border Patrol union?

    A news story in the Wall Street Journal attempts to convey the anti-deal position. Republicans argue that creating a threshold of 5,000 daily border crossings to trigger a total border shutdown “particularly angered Republicans, who argued that level was normalizing too high a level of illegal immigration,” and those Republicans demand the level be set at zero.

    The Journal story notes that a zero-crossing threshold — which would shut off all asylum claims, legitimate or not — has never happened.

    And indeed, the current threshold for triggering a shutdown does not exist at all. Reducing the threshold to 5,000 from infinity seems like an improvement, from the conservative perspective.

    But that incremental improvement would, as Republicans say, “normalize” levels they still think are too high. So their logic is, “somewhat too high” is somehow worse than “way too high.”

    Douthat’s argument is that compromise legislation tends to benefit liberals.

    Democrats handed Republicans something they’ve never been given before: an enforcement-only immigration restriction bill, which not only supplied more staff and resources to control the border, but actually forces the president to shut it down completely if migration levels get too high.

    Their motivation for rejecting this offer is political, of course. But beneath that political strategy is a pathological aversion to governing itself.

    https://nymag.com/intelligencer/article/republicans-killed-border-deal-reasons-trump-ukraine-immigration.html

    ObscureandFuzzy replied 2 weeks, 2 days ago 3 Members · 4 Replies
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  • Muscle4Muscle2009

    Member
    February 10, 2024 at 2:39 am

    All these clowns do is play games and pretend. Fire them all…VOTE!!!!!

  • ObscureandFuzzy

    Organizer
    February 11, 2024 at 10:12 am

    Republicans Killed the Border Deal…

    The “deal” was to allow 4,999 “migrants” into the country each day. Do the math: 4,999 x 365 days = 1,824,635 people a year.

    That’s not a deal, that’s giving a green light to the invasion continuing.

  • outdoorsguy

    Member
    February 11, 2024 at 3:43 pm

    The GOP never wanted immigration reform…. they only want to use it as wedge to get the Twice Impeached insurrectionist Traitor Scum Donald Trump back into the White House.

    Fortunately the courts do not care what his ignorant low IQ supporters think.

    The Florida Criminal Defendant will still be prosecuted. He will still go to prison. He will die in prison. He will get a toe tag…. and We will piss on his grave.

    https://thehill.com/opinion/immigration/4458612-history-confirms-republicans-rejected-a-once-in-a-lifetime-immigration-opportunity/

  • ObscureandFuzzy

    Organizer
    February 11, 2024 at 5:27 pm

    @outdoorsguy

    Member February 11, 2024 at 3:43 pm

    The GOP never wanted immigration reform…. they only want to use it as wedge to get the Twice Impeached insurrectionist Traitor Scum Donald Trump back into the White House.

    That’s an interesting fantasy. But don’t worry, Donald Trump (nor ANY Republican) will win the presidency for at least the next 20 years.

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