Mitch McConnell has Some Unexpected Time on His Hands. Here’s an Idea for Putting it to Use

Mitch McConnell’s plate just got a lot emptier. Turns out that Donald Trump isn’t the only one who was surprised to find that coming up with a health care policy that provides the care people need without bankrupting the country is complicated.

So, since the Senate (like just about everyone else who does not live in France) will be working through mid-August this year, the majority leader might want to fill up some of that unexpected down-time by scheduling a floor debate on a bill that’s not all that complicated: The No Sanctuary for Criminal Aliens Act (H.R. 3003).

H.R. 3003 really is not very complicated. The bill clearly defines what is a sanctuary jurisdiction, identifies what federal funds will be forfeited if local governments maintain sanctuary policies, and allows victims of criminal aliens (or their families) who were protected by sanctuary policies to sue those jurisdictions.

Unlike, say dramatic cuts to Medicaid, which would upset a lot of people who depend on the program, outside of a small group professional agitators there is no constituency for protecting criminal aliens. No one in his caucus will be afraid to go home and hold a town hall meeting over this one. If the Democrats want to filibuster, let them try to explain to the American public why we should be protecting criminal aliens.

Better yet, no one on the Senate side will even need to take pen to paper. Not only is the bill already written, it’s already been passed by the House. All that is needed now is for the majority leader to put it on the Senate’s calendar, which is a lot more wide open than it was a few days ago.

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Ira joined the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) in 1986 with experience as a journalist, professor of journalism, special assistant to Gov. Richard Lamm (Colorado), and press secretary of the House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee. His columns have appeared in National Review, LA Times, NY Times, Washington Post, Newsweek, and more. He is an experienced TV and radio commentator.


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    Not Politically Correct on

    Those affected by these policies should not only be allowed to sue these jurisdictions if this becomes law, but the individuals who support these policies (mayors, police chiefs, city council members etc) should also be held criminally responsible as well. Let Kamala Harris (and others who were complicit) be charged as accessories to murder in Kate Steinle’s death. A few of these people charged and jailed as examples would stop the whole “sanctuary” garbage in its tracks.

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    Shirley olivas on

    Do you not understand the illegals and their anchor babies have used our medical (chip) ,education and welfare systems. If you get rid of birthright Citizenship, you will save this country so much money.

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      Shirley you save nothing, as a country we would still be in the status quo …first straighten out our own ….

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    MM ruined our country the past 8 years working against The People and has been proven,,,the failed w/ the HCA…… and you know it

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    MC… the one destroying this place for the past 8 years and continues to do that….. as a snake to its pray…..he hates Trump and behind the scenes is using him to do what he wants…about time he retires

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    By now we know anything we say is WISHFUL THINKING!! n trust me nota 100% the answer either….

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    Interesting!….so 8 years the Republicans did nothing but a NO PARTY to finally realize what it is to do the Health Care plan. Ryan is asked a question…….will you repeal it? YES! YES ! YES!!!….give me facts how?….well…..we have some ideas….losers!!…

    And Now we know the truth,,,incompetence…..

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    Sanctuary Cities are nothing more than holding pens for prey for Illegal Alien Criminals. Never mentioned is the existence of the U Visa which protects Illegal Aliens who report or are a victim of crime. I wonder why?
    U.S.Sanctuary Bills in Maryland Faced a Surprise Foe: Legal Immigrants

    “The failure of the sanctuary bills in Maryland reveals a potentially troublesome fissure for Democrats as they rush to defy Mr. Trump. Their party has staked out an activist position built around protecting undocumented immigrants. But it is one that has alienated many who might have been expected to support it.”

    Obama administration has admitted that Sanctuary Cities are a problem:

    But, within the above letter, doesn’t really address what the Obama administration will actually do about it to protect US Citizens:

    IGS poll: Californians oppose sanctuary city policies

    “Californians strongly oppose “sanctuary city” policies under which local authorities ignore federal requests to detain undocumented immigrants who have been arrested but are about to be released, according to a new poll released today by the Institute of Governmental Studies (IGS) at UC Berkeley.”