There are twelve new faces in the Republican Senate caucus this year. Each won a hard-fought victory.
They all made big promises on the road to Washington which they expected to keep.
Without exception, all made definitive statements on the problem of illegal immigration and the president’s plan to create amnesty for millions with the stroke of his pen. This is a good time to review some of the statements made before and immediately after their elections:
Shelly Capito (R-W.V.) “The president does not have the constitutional authority to grant amnesty to millions of people who have broken the law by entering our country illegally. President Obama’s executive action on immigration is wrong and violates the responsibility of Congress to write and pass laws as outlined in our Constitution. (Facebook posting December 4, 2014)
Bill Cassidy (R-La.) “We must stop Obama … As your senator, I will fight his amnesty plan. Your tax dollars should benefit you, not those here illegally.” (On-line campaign ad)
Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) “Obviously I think Barack Obama’s executive amnesty is unconstitutional and Congress should use every tool at our disposal to stop it.” “Morning Joe, MSNBC Dec. 8, 2014.)
Steve Daines (R-Mont.) “His job as president is to enforce the laws that Congress has passed. But now, President Obama seems to have forgotten that he is not a king. President Obama’s plan to extend executive amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants is an unacceptable abuse of power that goes against the will of the American people.” (News release Nov. 20, 2014)
Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) “We are legislators, the president is not, and we need to stop that executive overreach, and that includes executive amnesty.” (Iowa Freedom Summit Jan. 24, 1015)
Corey Gardner (R-Colo.) “We have to show the president that we are not going to let him get away with end-running the House and Senate. That’s not the way it’s supposed to work.” (Jimmy Sengenberger radio show Nov. 16, 2014)
James Lankford (R-Okla.) “The president can’t just wave a wand and ignore the law and just change it unilaterally. It’s not legal.” (Garth Kant, WND, Nov. 17, 2014)
David Perdue (R-Ga.) “President Obama’s proposed executive action on amnesty is an outrageous abuse of power. Georgians sent a clear message in the most recent election: they want Washington to work again. They don’t want the President playing politics and sidestepping Congress on important issues like immigration. They want security first and enforcement of current laws.” (Nov. 20, 2014 His website)
Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) “After the borders are secure, create a new line for immigrants to enter,” Rounds said, with plenty of preconditions and limitations. “Illegal aliens should not be allowed to apply for citizenship until after other individuals have the opportunity first.” (www.ontheissues 2014)
Ben Sasse (R-Neb) “The administration may have blown open the doors for fraud with amnesty bonuses of more than $24,000 to those who receive deferred action . . . This program severely undermines the White House’s lip-service to enforcing the law and would increase the burden on law-abiding taxpayers.” (AP Feb 17, 2015)
Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska) “President Obama’s decision to unilaterally issue executive amnesty is executive overreach at its worst. First and foremost, we must secure our borders and respect the rule of law. Unfortunately, President Obama’s amnesty plan doesn’t do that. As Alaska’s U.S. Senator, I will work with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to undo this unlawful power grab and restore Alaskans’ and Americans’ voice to the process.” (Facebook post Nov. 20, 2014)
Tom Tillis (R-N.C.) “It’s hard for me to even talk about the long-term immigration strategy until Congress and Washington prove they can do something as simple as sealing the border.” (Washington Times May 7, 2014)
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has failed them. The House passed the funding bill for the Department of Homeland Security, minus the funds for Obama’s illegal amnesty. He dutifully brought it up for a vote three times while waving the white flag of surrender behind his back. Not surprisingly, it was filibustered by Democrats.
McConnell has not used the media. He has not run ads in the states of Democrats who spoke out against executive amnesty. He has not done push polls against Democrats running for re-election in 2016 as Democrats have done to Republicans. All he has done is whine.
Ernst (who once castrated hogs on her parents’ farm) is famous for a campaign ad saying she was going to Washington to “make them squeal.” Clearly, she needs to begin with McConnell.