This Border Surge is Conservative Immigration Reform

| Immigration Reform | Norm Coleman
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The American Action Network recently launched a national ad campaign designed to encourage the U.S. House of Representatives to support proposed conservative immigration reform.

In particular the ad calls on members to support the “border surge” elements of the law which have been promoted by Senator Marco Rubio, and supported by other conservatives such as Jeb Bush and Paul Ryan.

The ad reads like this:

“It’s called the border surge. The toughest border security plan ever passed by Congress.

Seven hundred miles of new fencing.

Twenty thousand new border patrol agents.

Radar. Night vision. Even drones.

Written with border patrol agents…

And supported by conservative leaders like Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush and Paul Ryan.

This is the tough border security America needs.

Call Congress. Tell them to support the border surge. Tell them to pass conservative immigration reform.”

It’s important for conservatives to know that the border surge is historic in nature.  In scope.  In breadth. And in its capacity to secure our borders.

It is also important to know that this proposal removes the ability of the Obama Administration to implement the border surge at its discretion.

Why is this important?

Because as we’ve seen in recent weeks this Administration feels that it is above the law when it comes to enforcing the law – even those laws that it aggressively pushed and promoted.

Case in point is the recent announcement that it was “delaying” implementation of the employee mandate provision of ObamaCare that would require employers of 50 or more employees to provide health insurance for those employees or face a fine of $3,000 per employee.

While the provision itself is a disaster, it’s in the very law the President himself signed. 

That he would be willing to, at his own “discretion”, fail to implement a law that he personally likes to call “ObamaCare” tells you how willing he would be to fail to implement the border surge proposal law that has the fingerprints of conservatives all over it.

Conservatives in the U.S. House have been demanding legislation that would do more than pay lip service to their concerns about border security.  They rightly insisted that any border security provisions used a combination of technology, manpower and physical barriers to prevent those who wish to violate our sovereign borders from doing so.

That’s what the border surge is all about.

As Senator Rubio himself says, “Together, these technologies will help us see who is coming across our border; the fence will make it harder for drugs and people to illegally cross; the increased manpower will make sure we apprehend those who cross; and the E-Verify system will make sure that there is no future for those who live in our country illegally. This is what’s needed to prevent a repeat of the disaster we have today.”

Some have suggested that Homeland Security can essentially ignore the tough provisions included in the border surge proposal. 

But as Senator Rubio correctly asserts those concerns are not borne out by the facts.

While the Secretary of Homeland Security can add more elements to the plan, the mandate in the legislation is the absolute minimum that must be implemented.

And, according to Daily Caller, “Further criticisms included future Congress’ ability to defund the bill, that it contains taxpayer-funded subsidies for cars or scooters, and that no one has read what media outlets describe as “a brand new 1100 page bill” — all of which Rubio described as “not true.”

Perhaps the most compelling comment from Senator Rubio about the need for this border surge approach is this statement:

 “What’s going to happen (without immigration reform) is we’ll still have a broken immigration system, we won’t have more border patrol officers, we won’t have enough fencing, we still won’t have mandatory E-verify, and we’ll still have 11 million people living here illegally. And that’s why I’m involved in this.”

“This” is the conservative approach to border security.

“This” is the border surge approach we need to securing our borders.

“This” is the proposal the U.S. House of Representatives should pass to ensure that conservative inspired immigration reform can succeed in securing our borders once and for all.