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No, the amnesty lobby did not ‘win’ August

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Drudge is currently linking to a Hill write-up of a conference call the amnesty lobby hosted yesterday. On the call, Jeremy Robbins, president of billionaire Michael Bloomberg’s Partnership for a New American Economy, claims, “August was a resounding win for us.”

This is some very cute spin. And if Congress needed to pass something to stop amnesty, it might be true. But that is not the situation.

It is the amnesty lobby that needs Congress to pass something so they can create a brand new federal agency, set wages for the entire agricultural sector, and start a slush fund for leftist activist groups like La Raza, Casa de Maryland, and the American Immigration Lawyers Association.

Silence is the amnesty lobby’s worst enemy and that is exactly what happened on immigration in August. The OFA volunteers who were supposed to flood Republican town halls and demand action never materialized. The media focused entirely on the Defund Obamacare debate, and amnesty advocates lost votes for the Senate bill.

Just look at Rep. Jeff Denham, R-Calif., a Republican from an agricultural district that is 40 percent Latino. If the amnesty lobby was going to get any Republican to endorse the Senate’s S.744 amnesty bill, it would be Denham. But Denham announced in August that he is against the Shumer-Rubio amnesty bill.

“Congressman Denham has said since the Senate bill passed in June that he thought it made great progress,” Denham spokeswoman Jordan Langdon told The Washington Post. “Many of the provisions of the Senate bill, passed on a bipartisan basis, have his support. However, he believes the Senate bill is flawed, and that the strongest immigration reform legislation will come out of a conference between the two chambers.”

Asked whether Denham would oppose the Senate bill if it came to a vote, Langdon told The Post: “Correct.”

When the House comes back into session Sept. 9, they will have to pass a continuing resolution to keep the government before Sept. 30, and they will have to raise the debt limit before mid-October. Then there is the Farm Bill, food stamps, and a war Syria.

There simply is no space on that agenda for a vote on the Senate bill, let alone the multiple votes that would be needed to pass all the S. 744 elements separately.

There was a window for Congress to pass amnesty this summer. That window closed when Congress went on recess. Nothing that happened this August changed that fact.

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