Past Features

January 21, 2015

Who Was Against Border Accountability?
Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee and Erick Cantor to name two
Glenn Spencer, American Border Patrol -- January 21, 2015  
    When Chairman McCaul's Homeland Security Committee passed the Border Security Results Act of 2013, Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee was a co-sponsor.
    Ms. Jackson Lee is well known for her support of illegal immigration. It was heavily promoted by soon-be-ousted House Majority Leader Erick Cantor.
    Why would these people support this bill? Because it was designed to fail. It relied solely on the good will of the Department of Homeland Security to do its job --- something it has refused to do for years.
    The new bill, Secure Our Borders First Act of 2015, is entirely different --- it specifically prohibits presidential appointees from even reviewing metrics proposed to be used for border accountability (page 25, line 14). Sheila Jackson Lee is no longer a co-sponsor of this McCaul bill --- and Erick Cantor was thrown out of office because of softness on illegal immigration.
    While he is usually spot-on regarding immigration issues, Senator Sessions missed the mark this time. He is just asking for a veto.
    I suggest that Sen. Sessions focus on passing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Appropriations bill (H.R. 2217) and let the House focus on passing a border bill that is veto proof.
    Tomorrow I will go into detail on exactly how the new border bill can be veto proof.