Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI)
Ryabâ€™s first major “legislative achievement” is a total and complete sell-out of the American people masquerading as an appropriations bill.
Too harsh, you say? Let the programs, the spending, and the implications speak for themselves.
(1) Ryanâ€™s Omnibus Fully FundsÂ DACA
Though much of the public attention has surrounded the Presidentâ€™s 2014 executive amnesty, the Presidentâ€™s 2012 amnesty quietly continues to churn out work permits and federal benefits for hundreds of thousands of illegal aliens. Paul Ryanâ€™s bill funds entirely this 2012 executive amnesty for â€œDREAMersâ€â€”or illegal immigrants who came to the country as minors.
Specifically, Division F of Ryanâ€™s omnibus bill contains no language that would prohibit the use of funds to continue the Presidentâ€™s unconstitutional program. Obamaâ€™s executive action, known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), has granted around 700,000 illegal aliens with work permits, as well as the ability to receive tax credits and federal entitlement programs. A recent GAOÂ reportÂ documented how this illegal amnesty program for alien youth is, in large part, responsible for the illegal alien minor surge on our southern border.
In 2013, Paul RyanÂ saidÂ that it is his job as a U.S. lawmaker to put himself in the shoes of â€œthe DREAMer who is waitingâ€ and work to find legislative solutions to his or her problems.
(2) Ryanâ€™s Omnibus FundsÂ Sanctuary Cities
Five months ago, 32-year-old Kate Steinle was bleeding to death in her fatherâ€™s arms.Â She was gunned down in broad daylight by a five-time deported criminal alien whose presence in the country was the direct result of San Franciscoâ€™s refusal to comply with U.S. immigration lawâ€”yet Paul Ryanâ€™s omnibus rewards these lawless Sanctuary Cities with federal grants. Division B Title II of Ryanâ€™s omnibus funds various grant programs for the Department of Justice (pages 167, 168, and 169) and contains no language that would restrict the provision of such grants to sanctuary jurisdictions.
(3) Ryanâ€™s Omnibus Funds All Refugee Programs
Despite broad support amongst Republican lawmakers for a proposal introduced by
Rep. Brian Babin (R-TX)
to halt all refugee resettlement, Ryanâ€™s appropriations bill will fund President Obamaâ€™s refugee resettlement operation and will allow for the admission of tens of thousands of refugees with access to federal benefits. Division H Title II of Ryanâ€™s bill contains appropriations of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and contains no language that would restrict the program. Nor are there any restrictions for the program in Division K of Ryanâ€™s bill, which provides funding for the Department of State, which oversees refugee admissions.Ryan is not oneÂ of theÂ 84 cosponsorsÂ of Babinâ€™s bill to halt the refugee operation, and he recentlyÂ toldÂ Sean Hannity that he does not support halting resettlement because, â€œWeâ€™re a compassionate country. TheÂ refugees laws are important laws.â€ Similarly, this outcome represents a legislative win for
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL)
, whoÂ toldÂ Sean Hannity heâ€™d â€œhate to useâ€ Congressâ€™s power of the purse toÂ deny funding for Obamaâ€™s resettlement operation.(4) Ryanâ€™s Omnibus FundsÂ All of the Mideast Immigration Programs That Have Been Exploited by Terrorists in Recent YearsÂ
Although multiple immigrant and visa programs in recent years have been exploited by terrorists (such as the F-1 â€œstudentâ€ visa, the K-1 â€œfiancÃ©eâ€ visa, and our green card and refugee programs), Ryanâ€™s proposal does nothing to limit admissions from jihadist-prone regions. As Senators Shelby and SessionsÂ of AlabamaÂ notedÂ in a joint statement: â€œThe omnibus would put the U.S. on a path to approve admission for hundreds of thousands of migrants from a broad range of countries with jihadists movements over the next 12 months, on top of all the other autopilot annual immigration.â€
(5) Ryanâ€™s Omnibus FundsÂ Illegal Alien Resettlement
On page 917 of Ryanâ€™s omnibus a section titledÂ â€œRefugee and Entrant Assistanceâ€ funds the Presidentâ€™s resettlement of illegal immigrant borderÂ crossers.
(6) Ryanâ€™s Omnibus Funds the Release of Criminal Aliens
Senior legislative aides tellÂ BreitbartÂ News that Ryanâ€™s billÂ does not do anything to change the enforcement priorities that Jeh Johnson established a little over a year ago that would shield entire categories of criminal aliens from immigration law, nor does it include languageÂ recommendedÂ by Sessions and Shelby to â€œdeny the expenditure of funds to issue visas to countries that refuse to repatriate criminal aliens.â€
(7)Â Ryanâ€™s Omnibus QuadruplesÂ H-2B Foreign Worker VisasÂ
Despite Ryanâ€™sÂ pledgeÂ not to move an immigration compromise with President Obama,Â tucked 700 pages into Ryanâ€™s spending bill is language that would resuscitate and expand a controversial provision of the Schumer-Rubio Gang of Eight plan to increase the H-2B visa program.
The provision â€œwould quadruple the number of H-2B visas for unskilled guest workers, for a total of more than 250,000,â€ writes immigration attorney Ian Smith.Â The Americans who fill these jobs are typically â€œsocietyâ€™s most vulnerable â€” including single women, the disabled, the elderly, minorities, teenagers, students, and first-generation immigrants,â€ Â SmithÂ explains.
A recent BuzzFeed exposÃ©Â revealedÂ how this program allows businesses to discriminate against American workers and â€œdeliberately den[y] jobs to American workers so they can hire foreign workers on H-2 visas instead.â€ As one GOP aide told Breitbart News, â€œThis provision is a knife in the heart of the working class, and African Americans.â€
(8)Â Ryanâ€™sÂ Omnibus FundsÂ Tax Credits for Illegal Aliens
Ryanâ€™s billÂ preservesÂ the expansion of the Presidentâ€™s expiring child tax credits without any accompanying language to prevent illegal aliens from receiving those tax credits. While Sen. Sessions attempted toÂ include language in the billÂ that would prevent illegal immigrants from receiving tax credits, his recommendation was rejected.
(9) Ryanâ€™s Omnibus Locks-In Huge Spending Increases
The bill funds the Obama-Boehner budget deal, which eliminated spending caps, and willÂ increaseÂ both defense and non-defense spending next year by $25 billion more each.
(10) Ryanâ€™s Omnibus FailsÂ to Allocate Funds to Complete the 700-Mile Double-Layer Border Fence That Congress Promised the American People
Nearly a decade ago with the passage of the 2006 Secure Fence Act, the American people were promised a 700-mile double-layer border fence. However, funding for the fence was later gutted and, as a result, its construction was never completed. Despite heightened media focus over the past six months about Americansâ€™ desire for this barrier to illegal entry, Ryanâ€™s bill does not require that funds be allocated to finish the construction of the 700-mile double-layer fence.
A vote could occur as early as Thursday after midnight, giving lawmakers and the public only one full business day to review the 2,242 page package. The Ryan-Pelosi package represents nothing short of a complete and total betrayal of the American people.
Yet Ryanâ€™s omnibusÂ serves a second and equally chilling purpose. By locking in the Presidentâ€™s refugee, immigration, and spending priorities, Ryanâ€™s billÂ isÂ designed to keep these fights out of Congress by gettingÂ them off the table for good. Delivering Obama these winsâ€“and pushing these issuesÂ beyond the purview of Congressâ€“will suppress public attention toÂ the issues and, in so doing, will boost the candidacy of the Republican establishmentâ€™s preferred presidential contenders,Â who favor President Obamaâ€™s immigration agenda.
What may prove most discouraging of all to Americans is that recent reports revealÂ that conservatives in the so-called House Freedom CaucusÂ are praising Ryan even as he permanently locks in these irreversible and anti-American immigration policies.Â According toÂ Politico, the House Freedom CaucusÂ willÂ â€œgive Ryan a passâ€ even as he funds disastrous policies that prioritize the interestsÂ of foreign nationalsÂ and global corporatists above the needsÂ of the American people whom lawmakers are supposed to represent.