Mehhh. This southwest commission bullshit smells like bullshit. #immigrationreform—
Ricardo Reyna Jr. (@ricardoreynajr) January 29, 2013
Yesterday’s bipartisan announcement of a immigration reform plan by the Gang of 8 was supposed to be a model of the new, “functioning” Congress. Four Democrats and four Republicans presented a plan that all could support … with certain conditions.
Sen. Marco Rubio made the media rounds last night and today (including a call to Rush Limbaugh) to clarify that some form of measurable border enforcement was necessary in order for the plan to go forward. If the Democrat senators could live with it, it must be reasonable, right?
Not quite. Liberals are already targeting the so-called “Southwestern Commission,” a group composed of “governors, attorneys general, and community leaders living along the Southwest border to monitor the progress of securing our border.” That sounds fair, seeing as those groups have first-hand experience with enforcement of the U.S./Mexico border. Libs aren’t happy with the proposed makeup of the group, though. Take Talking Points Memo editor Josh Marshall, for instance.
Ah, there we go. Govs. Perry and Brewer are just “really angry.” Maybe they’d be in better spirits if they could get some help from the federal government to secure their borders.
“Daily Show” co-creator Lizz Winstead digs into the “Big Book of Campaign Humour 2012″ to take a swipe as well.
Does anyone else want to lend their support to this bipartisan plan?
Liberals have been trying to find some confirmation that the commission will act in a strictly advisory fashion. Who will have power over border enforcement, then? Talking Points Memo managed to track down Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Il.), who passed the ball to the Department of Homeland Security.
Let me — let me clarify this. What we — we haven’t written the section, but what we envision is — is to create metrics, measurements, in terms of progress on border security that could be certified or at least attested to by local officials. But the ultimate decision will be by the Department of Homeland Security. So it isn’t going to be something as generic as safe and secure borders. We’d never agree on that. But metrics, in terms of resources on the border and the impact it has on illegal immigration.
What was that about not having faith in a Southwestern Commission? Looks like we can reach some bipartisan agreement on that, too.