Pop the champagne and pack a pipe! Our do-nothing congress that's comprised of totally insane man-children, who couldn't pass a non-pork laden bill if were presented to them on a silver platter by K-street, finally appears to be earning their six-figure salaries and never-ending perks. The Associated Press reports that a major breakthrough may be near regarding Republicans and Democrats finally passing an immigration bill. It seems that the give-and-take compromise on part of an agreement being made between the party of no ideas and the party of bad ideas involves a rather costly, military-style surge to secure the porous border. Further, Democratic acceptance (or capitulation) of this measure will then supposedly give Republicans impetus to lift millions of immigrants out of the shadows and enable them to become citizens. Consequently, they will have the same opportunity to become apathetic morons who never vote or follow the issues, but yet never stop complaining about them.
Since this is America and nothing can be done without unnecessarily squandering money the country doesn't have on guns and war, the emerging deal calls for beefing up Border Patrol, including 20,000 new agents, 18 new unmanned surveillance drones, 350 miles of new fencing, and a plethora of fixed and mobile devices to maintain vigilance. In other wards, a bunch of expensive toys that make already bloated private security and defense contractors even richer, ergo continuously pouring dark money into the campaign war chests of its cheerleaders in Congress. And also, a bunch of expensive toys that prove hilariously ineffective in the long run. But if it gets Congress to momentarily remember to do the job that the people elected them to do, then why not.
The new plan was announced by Sens. John Hoeven of North Dakota and Bob Corker of Tennessee, two virulently anti-immigration Republicans who had been publicly uncommitted on the legislation. And it seems that they have an unlikely supporter in New Jersey's Democratic Senator Bob Menendez, who came out in support of border security but feels that the existing bill already contains enough.
“I believe we have the toughest border security provisions in this legislation, $6.5 billion, largely devised by senators from the Border States who experience this challenge every day,” said Menendez. (MSNBC)
Menendez also seems confident that the bill will pass before the July 4th recess.
“I really do believe we will pass comprehensive immigration reform. I think we will do it by the Fourth of July recess,” Menendez said on Tuesday’s The Daily Rundown. “I can see a pathway forward,” said Menendez, who is the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. (MSNBC)