House Finally Moving on Immigration: In the Wrong Direction

The good news for WaPo’s Greg Sargent is that House Republicans are actually moving immigration legislation, something for which he has been fervently longing for years now. The bad news is what’s in the legislation:

Today House Republicans are debating two measures that are partly related to immigration – but neither, of course, would do anything about the 11 million. Instead, both appear to be partly designed to prevent #Obummer from throwing open the borders, or pursuing amnesty, or whatever other scheme he’s hatching. (I propose “Obamnesty” as shorthand.)

One of the measures is called the “Faithful Execution of the Law Act,” and it would require all federal officials who implement policy to report to Congress on any reason for non-enforcement. The other is called the “ENFORCE the Law Act,” which would expedite lawsuits against the Executive Branch for failing to execute the laws. The release describing the two measures cites Obama’s willingness to flout immigration laws as a rationale.

Short of appropriating special money earnarked for cattle cars to send the undocumented to the border, I don’t know what more GOP solons can do to make it clear there ain’t no damn amnesty happening on their watch.

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Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.