On January 16th, Congressman Mike McCaul of Texas introduced a Bill in the House of Representatives called “Secure Our Borders First.” The proposed legislation died in just two weeks. This article is about the life and death of Mr. McCaul’s Bill.
Mike McCaul is an establishment politician. He was elected to represent the 10th Congressional District of Texas which is located just northwest of Houston, not far from the Gulf of Mexico. When the 114th Congress convened on January 6th, Speaker John Boehner appointed him the Chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security.
Here is some insight on the workings of the Republican-led House of Representatives. The House is organized like England was during the reign of Prince John. You will remember Prince John as the antagonist in the story of Robin Hood.
In Congress, the role of Prince John is aptly played by John Boehner. He is surrounded by a cadre of supporters who do his bidding, in exchange for campaign funds and seats on Committees that attract free-spending lobbyists. Using another analogy, you could liken John Boehner’s supporters to Remora, a type of fish that attaches itself to a shark and feeds off the leftovers from its prey.
Now, let’s do an autopsy on the “Secure Our Borders First” Bill, numbered HR 399.
Although HR 399 was introduced by Mike McCaul, it was largely drafted by John Boehner’s staff and lobbyists whose clients sought to gain from the legislation.
HR 399 had the unstoppable backing of the House Leadership and the unbeatable backing of the big money lobbyists who fund the re-election campaigns of the Remora. News reports announced that McCaul’s Bill was high-speed legislation that would zoom through the House like a rocket.
Yet, nine business days after being introduced, HR 399 lay dead on the floor. The unstoppable and the unbeatable had been stopped and beaten by the homefolks. Stopped and beaten by people just like you, who would have none of it.
We are still a Democracy. And when the people, the grassroots, the homefolks speak, the politicians in Washington listen. They may listen for all the wrong reasons. Reasons like getting re-elected or fear of a Primary opponent. But nonetheless, they listen.
Mr. McCaul’s Bill was a first-class stinker.
The National Border Patrol Council represents the men and women whose task it is to defend the border. That organization said that HR 399 “will not be effective in helping to secure our borders.”
The Council called the bill “window dressing” and added that the proposal “was drafted without any input from front line agents who are protecting our border.” Lobbyists, si. Border patrol, nada.
The National Citizenship and Immigration Services Council represent the 12,000 employees of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service. Its President, Kenneth Palinkas, said “HR 399 does nothing to preclude anyone in the world from turning themselves in at the US border and obtaining automatic entry and Federal benefits. Almost anyone at all can call themselves an asylum-seeker and get in; it’s a global joke.”
Mike McCaul’s unstoppable, unbeatable Bill was born on January 16th and died on January 29th. The Death Certificate listed as the cause of death, “the Voters Back Home.” When Americans are aroused, they will prevail. Foreign dictators have learned to fear the wrath of Americans. Now, domestic dictators are learning to fear the voters back home.
As I write these words, I recall the admonition of Thomas Jefferson, who said, “When government fears the people, there is liberty. When the people fear the government, there is tyranny.”
Ken Adams is the Chairman of the Waynesboro Republican Committee.