Immigration

GOP Rep: Obama Is 'Acting Like A Dictator'

Rep. Paul Broun, the outgoing Georgia Republican who will be succeeded by fellow ultraconservative Jody Hice, spoke to Greg Corombos of Radio America yesterday about the House GOP’s strategy to fight President Obama’s “illegal and unconstitutional” executive action on immigration policy.

Broun urged congressional Republicans to “stop this runaway, imperial presidency.”

“He’s acting like a dictator and it just must stop and Congress has the ability to do that. We have to reel this president in, he’s acting in a very unprecedented way,” he said.

In fact, Broun has been warning that the president will become a Nazi/Soviet-style dictator since before Obama even took office.

Bryan Fischer Does Not Like/Understand The Phrase 'A Nation Of Immigrants'

Bryan Fischer spent a good portion of his radio program today voicing his opposition to "amnesty" and any effort to pass immigration reform legislation, at one point going off on an incoherent tangent to complain about the phrase "a nation of immigrants."

The phrase is generally used to make the point that most American citizens today are descendants of ancestors who immigrated to America in previous generations, but Fischer apparently doesn't understand that. 

"Eighty-five to 87% of the people that live in the United States were born here," Fischer argued. "You know what that makes us? That makes us native Americans. We are Americans by birth."

Things then became even more confusing when Fischer began to argue that the Native Americans who inhabited this land when the settlers arrived where themselves immigrants from Eurasia.

"It means that Native American tribes are immigrants too!" Fischer proclaimed. "If we're a nation of immigrants, to use their expression, that has to apply to the Indian Nations that were here when European settlers arrived. Everybody here is an immigrant. Everybody here is a descendant of those who immigrated to these shores."

Ummm, yes. That is exactly what the phrase "a nation of immigrants" means.

Phyllis Schlafly And Alex Jones Have Immigration Meltdown: We Are On 'Accelerated Collapse-Of-Rome Timetable'

Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones hosted legendary conservative activist Phyllis Schlafly on his “Infowars” program today to talk about President Obama’s executive action granting deportation relief to some undocumented immigrants, which both agreed would inevitably lead to the collapse of the nation.

“This really is the end of the republic, the end of Congress,” Jones said. “There’s been a lot of signposts on this road to perdition, but I don’t think I have strong enough words for the constitutional crisis we’re in, where on guns, UN treaties, our military, our power plants, our borders.”

“Well, Alex, you’re absolutely right in what you said and there are several items that you pointed out that I haven’t seen in any other news media,” Schlafly replied. “It’s just an outrage, and it does spell the death of probably the country.”

Criticizing Republicans in Congress for doing too little to stop the immigration action, Schlafly said of Obama, “He’s doing it for Democratic votes and he’s doing it to really break down the American system the way it is and make us a different kind of country.”

“And it’s not like we’re getting immigrants from high-skilled areas, we’re getting people that almost vote to a man for the most radical socialist communist agendas,” Jones interjected.

“That’s all they know,” Schlafly agreed. “They come from a country where big government was everything. They don’t know anything about our constitutional principles of limited government and balance of budget and keep spending down, they’re not familiar with any arguments like that.”

Jones warned, “We are going the way of Rome bringing in the giant third-world populations, and it seems to be an accelerated collapse-of-Rome timetable now.

“Yes, you’re absolutely right and I think that’s what Obama wants,” Schlafly responded. “He does not want America to be exceptional. He does not want us to be religious or Christian. He wants to absolutely change us so we are no better than any other country.”

Trent Franks: Obama's Immigration Move Triggers 'The Death Of The Republic'

Rep. Trent Franks believes that President Obama’s executive action on immigration was such an egregious step that it may cause the rule of law to collapse and compel the U.S. send an apology to England for the American Revolution.

While speaking yesterday with Frank Gaffney, the Arizona Republican said that Obama is “dividing the country in some very significant ways and I don’t think that he serves either the illegal immigration community or the cause of the rule of law or justice in general in any way when he makes these kinds of unilateral decisions.”

“I think that there’s probably nothing that this president has done or is doing that is more dangerous to the fundamental foundation of this Republic then ignoring the Constitution and betraying his oath of office” he said. There is something very frightening about a president who simply aggregates this power onto himself and ignores the very oath that he took that president.

“Without trying to sound overwrought, it literally could be the death of the Republic because once the chief executive officer of any republic all of the sudden begins to ignore the rule of law to hold himself unconstrained to the Constitution and to the truth of his own words, if that should become a common practice of presidents, then that little unpleasantness with England we had is something we should probably apologize for,” Franks added.

Schlafly On Immigrants: 'The Class Of People Coming In Now' Just Don't Understand America

In an interview with WorldNetDaily published on Friday, Eagle Forum founder Phyllis Schlafly said that while previous generations of immigrants “became 200 percent Americans,” the “class of people coming in now…don’t really have any comprehension of our system of government and look to big government to be their guide of whatever they want to do.”

Schlafly has previously said that Latino immigrants “don’t understand” the Bill of Rights.

“Obama’s moving ahead with his attempt to do all kinds of illegal things in order to bring in illegal aliens and give the Democrats more votes,” she said. “That’s what it’s for.”

The veteran activist said she has talked to many immigrants who came to the U.S. as teenagers two or three generations ago. Their parents taught them to leave their native ways behind and fully immerse themselves in America.

“Those people came in and became 200 percent Americans,” Schlafly said. “But that’s not the class of people coming in now, who don’t really have any comprehension of our system of government and look to big government to be their guide of whatever they want to do.”

Schlafly also told WND that President Obama is to blame if riots break out after the grand jury verdict in Ferguson, Missouri because he “fomented [unrest] in order to hopefully win the election”:

But conservative icon Phyllis Schlafly believes Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder also used the Michael Brown shooting in Ferguson, Missouri, for political purposes.

“I think that Obama and his attorney general really fomented [unrest] in order to hopefully win the election on November 4,” Schlafly said. “They wanted to inflame people in order to get their voters out to vote. I think it was deliberately done, and they weren’t content to just let the process take its course.

“I think it has backfired, and the Republicans won a tremendous victory despite everything,” she added.

A grand jury is deciding the fate of Officer Darren Wilson. An announcement on whether there will be charges could come any day.

Schlafly, whose recently published book “Who Killed the American Family?” came out just days before she turned 90, said Obama and Holder will be culpable if riots break out in Ferguson.

“But whether the public will see it that way, I don’t know,” she said.

'Impeach Or Insurrection': VDARE Writer Calls For Nativist Third Party If GOP Fails To Impeach Obama

James Kirkpatrick, a writer for the white nationalist website VDARE (home of former National Review columnist John Derbyshire and racist conservative strategist Steve Sailer) argued last week that if the GOP fails to impeach President Obama over his executive action on immigration, nativist Republicans should form a third party along the lines of the fiercely anti-immigrant United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP).

“The alternatives are clear,” Kirkpatrick wrote on Friday: “impeachment, or insurrection.”

The truth is only real legal weapon the Republican Congress has isimpeachment—a tool that was put in place by the Founders for precisely this kind of situation. If Republicans don’t impeach, it’s hard to see why Republican voters should care about winning them the next election, or indeed any election to come.

For American patriots, the solution then will be political insurrection via a Third Party and/or the c reation of a new political force with the power to cripple the GOP and draw votes from Democrats via the white working class.

This is precisely what is occurring in the even more difficult political environment in Great Britain. The United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) recently inherited another defector from the Conservative Party, which is also being betrayed by its leadership. Mark Reckless took the honorable route of putting himself up for re-election in his old constituency and has won a crushing victory. This opens the way for UKIP to become a force in Parliament for the first time. [ Rochester: Farage looks to more UKIP gains after success, BBC, November 21, 2014]

And if UKIP can do it in a media climate even worse than that of America, there’s no reason Americans can’t.

Parties die if they don’t respond to changing conditions. The person who can control a thing has a power to destroy it. Immigration patriots have, if not the power to fully control the GOP, at least the power to prevent it from ever winning another election.

The alternatives are clear—impeachment, or insurrection.

Michael Savage: Immigrants Using Their Children As 'Meal Tickets'

On Thursday’s edition of the “Savage Nation,” conservative talk show host Michael Savage blamed immigrant families for America’s financial burdens, saying that immigrant women “[knock] out babies like loaves of bread” in order to get more welfare benefits.

“It’s a much bigger picture here than you may have imagined,” he said. “It’s not the hard-working busboy or the gardener or the maid or the cook that we all see every day. It’s the silent millions sitting at home who do not work, they’re not the gardeners, they’re not the cooks, they’re not the maids. They’re sitting at home knocking out babies like loaves of bread, because each baby is a meal ticket.”

He accused undocumented workers of angling to take advantage of America’s social welfare programs.

“Who do you think is emigrating from these countries, the cream of the crop?” he asked listeners. “Well, no, some are just poor and they’re looking for a better life. And what better way to have a better life than welfare? They live better on welfare than they do in their own countries.”

After citing the much-disputed Heritage Foundation study on immigration, Savage said immigrants “come here because they know it is the land of plenty, the land of milk and honey, and they’re here to milk the milk and lick the honey. So the unilateral amnesty that Pelosi and Obama are trumpeting tonight will turn off the lights in the White House and grant us two years at least of darkness.”

Mo Brooks: Immigration Action Will Lead To 'Insolvency And Bankruptcy Of Our Government'

Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Ala., said last week that President Obama’s executive action granting temporary deportation relief to some undocumented immigrants was part of a plot to “dilute the vote of American citizens by bringing in millions of foreigners who are going to be dependent on welfare and handouts and hence will be dependent on the Democratic Party for their livelihoods.”

Brooks told talk show host Dale Jackson that if not for the immigration reform bill signed by President Reagan in 1986, “Barack Obama probably would not have been president” and “Obamacare probably never would have passed.” (Rep. Steve King made similar remarks earlier this year.)

“And of course ultimately what’s going to happen is insolvency and bankruptcy of our government because we cannot continue this welfare path that we are on,” he added.

This is amnesty, and the long-term goal of this president is to reverse the will of the American people as evidenced in 2010 and 2014 and to dilute the vote of American citizens by bringing in millions of foreigners who are going to be dependent on welfare and handouts and hence will be dependent on the Democratic Party for their livelihoods. That’s what this is about, is to change elections five, 10, 15, 20 years from now. But for the bipartisan amnesty bill of 1986, Barack Obama probably would not have been president, and they know that. Obamacare probably never would have passed, and they know that.

And they don’t want to take that chance in future elections, so they see this as planting a seed that over many, many years will ripen into many Democratic Party victories. And of course ultimately what’s going to happen is insolvency and bankruptcy of our government because we cannot continue this welfare path that we are on.

Dinesh D'Souza Wants To Give Obama A Spanking

Conservative author Dinesh D’Souza spoke with Newsmax host Steve Malzberg today about how Republicans in Congress should respond to President Obama’s executive action on immigration. As D’Souza cogently explained, the GOP should treat him like a spoiled baby who needs a good spanking.

D’Souza called Obama an “extremely spoiled brat” who has “been a spoiled brat since he was two,” insisting that the president is acting like a misbehaved infant who wants to “see whether you spank him or not.”

“And the big question is, will the Republicans now do what is needed and spank him?” D’Souza asked.

D’Souza said that the GOP should organize a rally of immigrants who opposed Obama’s plans, noting that he wouldn’t be able to attend such a rally since he is under travel restrictions after pleading guilty to violating campaign finance laws.

Obama, D’Souza said, doesn’t care for patriotic immigrants like D’Souza and instead wants immigrants who share his supposed contempt for America: “The key issue has never been immigration or non-immigration but what kind of immigrants we want in this country and whether they come legally or illegally. We want immigrants who will pull the bandwagon; he wants immigrants who will sit in the bandwagon. We want immigrants who embody the spirit of 1776; he wants immigrants who embody the envious, covetous spirit of 1968. So we’re fighting over whether we want productive immigrants or unproductive people like Obama himself.”

Five Of The Craziest Conservative Reactions To Obama's Immigration Action: Impeachment, Race War & Rebellion

In this special edition of Paranoia-Rama, we look at five of the most incendiary and unhinged responses from our friends on the Radical Right to President Obama’s announcement that he would grant temporary deportation relief to some unauthorized immigrants and his speech last night laying out his plan.

Rick Santorum: Obama Becoming A 'Tyrant' Who Is 'Backing Americans In A Corner'

In an interview on Newsmax TV today, Rick Santorum argued that Obama’s actions on deportation relief represent “something that we’ve never dealt with in American history” — despite the fact that several recent GOP presidents also used executive action on immigration.

“The president has acted like a tyrant and he has acted against the Constitution and he has thrown the Republicans and he has thrown the country a curveball, we’ve never dealt with anything like this before,” Santorum said. “That has to be not just backing Republicans in a corner, it’s backing Americans in a corner of a president who thinks he is above the law and above the Constitution.”

Buchanan: America Becoming 'The Third World Country Of Obama's Dream'

Pat Buchanan used his syndicated column today to rail against “Caesar Obama,” warning that the president’s executive action on immigration is reminiscent of King George III’s abuses “which sparked the American Revolution.”

After making the patently absurd claim that the U.S. had few racial divisions until recently, Buchanan writes that Obama has “accelerated and ensured the remaking of America” in keeping with his role as a “community organizer [who] did not much like that old America.”

Latino immigration, Buchanan writes, will turn America into “the Third World country of Obama’s dream, no more a Western nation.”

Our rogue president has crossed an historic line, and so has the republic. Future presidents will cite the “Obama precedent” when they declare they will henceforth not enforce this or that law, because of a prior commitment to some noisy constituency.

We have just taken a monumental step away from republicanism toward Caesarism. For this is rule by diktat, the rejection of which sparked the American Revolution.



If this amnesty is followed by a new invasion across the border America cannot control, that, too, will be Obama’s gift to his countrymen.

One wonders. Will poor and working class blacks and whites, Hispanics and Asians, welcome this unleashed competition from the amnestied illegals, for jobs where the wages never seem to rise?

In the four decades before JFK, the nation had a pause in legal immigration. During that pause, the Germans, Irish, Italians, Jews, Poles, Greeks and Slav immigrants who had come in from 1890-1920, and their children and grandchildren, were fully assimilated. They had become not only U.S. citizens, but also identifiably American.

The Melting Pot had worked. We had become one nation and one people, almost all speaking the same language, and steeped in the same history, heroes, culture, literature and faiths.

Today, in 2014, after an influx of perhaps 50 million in 50 years, legal and illegal, no longer from Northwest Europe, or Europe at all, but Latin America, Africa, Asia, the Middle East, of every race, color, creed, culture and language, we seem less a nation than some mammoth Mall of America. An economy, but not a country.

Running in 2008, Obama said he intended to become a “transformational president.” With this decision, he succeeds.

He has accelerated and ensured the remaking of America. Now when the wives and children of the illegals arrive, and their extended families apply for and receive visas, and bring their wives and children, we will become the Third World country of Obama’s dream, no more a Western nation.

But then, the community organizer did not much like that old America.

Savage Likens Obama To Hitler Over Immigration Executive Action

On Wedesnday’s edition of “Savage Nation,” Michael Savage connected President Obama’s executive action on immigration reform back to Adolf Hitler’s implementation of his Lebensraum policies.

“He’s in a long line of others who have taken the law onto themselves and said they’re not taking the law onto themselves, others who have said they’re acting within the law while they’re acting clearly outside of the law,” he said. “When Hitler invaded a neighboring country, he said he was simply taking back German land on Lebensraum, ‘living room.’”

Hitler, Savage explained, “took a neighbor’s countries away, but he didn’t do it illegally, he said he was doing it perfectly legally, like Obama.”

Louie Gohmert Claims Obama And 'Liberal Attack People' Want Violence And Mayhem

In an interview yesterday with Dan Cofall, Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, accused President Obama of using immigration and the Ferguson case to provoke violence.

When Cofall asked Gohmert about Sen. Tom Coburn’s claim that Obama’s executive action deferring the deportation of some immigrants could result in violence, Gohmert replied that Obama’s critics would never resort to violence since only liberals do that.

“Civil disobedience comes from the left,” he said. “They’re the ones that loot and shoot up and shoot up stores and do all kinds of things like that. If you look at the conservative gatherings, we even pick up our own trash. But it could be that this president is doing all he can to get conservatives who remember the country when presidents didn’t exceed their bounds and wish we would go back to those days, it may be enough to make them that angry. But I hope not, I hope there’s no violence.”

Gohmert also weighed in on the Ferguson case, accusing Obama of inciting violence: “Obviously the president and the attorney general have done all they could to help stir up animosity and fuel the fire and getting people angry at police where they shouldn’t have, but I hope and pray that doesn’t happen. It may happen in Ferguson because obviously they brought in the liberal attack people that just create all the havoc and mayhem they can but I hope and pray that doesn’t spread anywhere else. I’m sure they want it to, I’m sure that people would love to have the federal government intercede, but I would beg conservatives not to get sucked into that trap.”

Suggesting that Obama is pushing conservatives to turn to violence, the congressman said that “this administration will be totally exposed for who and what they’ve been doing.” 

Michael Peroutka: Immigration Action Is An 'Act Of Treason' And Local Governments Should Defy It

Michael Peroutka, a Christian reconstructionist who peddles radical theocratic views at his Institute for the Constitution, recently got a new platform for what he calls his ‘American view’ of government when he was elected as a Republican to a county council position in Maryland.

Although Peroutka has yet to take office, he’s already giving a taste of what it will mean to implement his radical views at a local level. In an interview with Iowa talk radio host Steve Deace on Tuesday, Peroutka urged state and county governments to simply ignore any White House order deferring the deportation of some undocumented immigrants, and instead work independently to “incarcerate” or “deport” immigrants covered by the order.

Deace asked Peroutka what he, as a newly minted GOP elected official, would do about the “Marxist in the White House” who is “supposed to be protecting us from invasion, and here he is implementing one.”

“This action on the part of the president is the action of somebody who hates America and is seeking to destroy America,” Peroutka responded. “I don’t think it can be interpreted any other way. It certainly is an act of treason because it’s aiding and abetting the enemies of America and giving them comfort and aid.”

Peroutka urged Republicans in Congress to move to impeach the president, and added that governors and county executives throughout the country “should resist this in every way they can.”

He advised that local governments tell the president: “We’re not abiding by it, we are still going to either incarcerate or seek to remove and deport those who are here illegally. We’re not going to follow suit and give them aid and comfort like he wants us to do, even though he’s bribing us with money to do it.”

“We as local authorities and as state authorities should resist this scheme,” Peroutka said. “If we did, then it couldn’t go through.”

Earlier this year, Peroutka declared that all laws passed by the Maryland General Assembly were invalid because that body had violated “God’s law” in implementing marriage equality.

Wayne Allyn Root: Impeach 'Traitorous' Obama

Right-wing activist Wayne Allyn Root is once again calling for action to remove President Obama from office, telling talk show host Dan Cofall earlier this month that Obama must be impeached for his diplomacy with Iran, which Root deems “traitorous,” and his execution action on immigration policy.

While nearly all experts believe that the president’s executive action will cover close to five million undocumented immigrants, Root insisted that the president will “legalize 34 million.”

“If he does that, don’t we then have to do instant impeachment? I mean, there’s no choice at that point. You can’t tell me that will break the nation apart, there’s no excuse,” he said.

Today, Root used his syndicated column to continue lashing out at the president, writing a bizarre holiday-themed post mockingly suggesting that Obama hire an Ebola-infected immigrant prepare his Thanksgiving meal:

It's almost Thanksgiving and the Christmas season is upon us. Many of us are already shopping for holiday gifts. So that inspired me to think up a holiday gift list that I hope and pray Obama receives for Christmas! Here are 15 perfect holiday gifts for Obama.

*Obama's Secret Service disarmed- since he doesn't think rest of us need guns for protection.

*Remove the fence around the White House- since Obama doesn't think we need a fence at our Southern border.

*A Christmas dinner at White House prepared and served by illegal immigrants who just arrived from the Ebola Zone- since he thinks rest of us shouldn't worry about Ebola (or illegal immigration).



*If Obama comes under withering fire from terrorists, may he call his favorite General and find him asleep with orders that he not be disturbed for the night. A little taste of the last moments of our heroes at Benghazi might be the ideal Christmas gift!



*And my last Christmas wish for Obama…

IMPEACHMENT in the New Year...prison time for fraud for every Obama aide involved in Obamacare…and a partridge in a pear tree.

Happy Holidays & God Bless everyone.

Ben Carson: Obama Has 'Nefarious Agenda' To Bring In Government-Dependent Voters

In an interview this morning with Newsmax TV, conservative activist and potential GOP presidential candidate Ben Carson insisted that President Obama’s executive action providing temporary deportation relief for some undocumented immigrations is part of a “nefarious agenda” to bring government-dependent voters to the U.S.

“I think he’s very smart, he’s very clever, he’s very scheming,” Carson told host J.D. Hayworth. “And, boy, if he could use that intellect on behalf of the American people rather than on behalf of his nefarious agenda, we would be doing quite well.”

“Essentially, is he just trying to instead of get out the vote, bring in the vote?” asked Hayworth, a former GOP congressman from Arizona. “Is this all designed to have new voters — despite the fact he claims they’re not going to get citizenship — is the long-term goal to bring in a new class of voters dependent on government?”

“Of course it is,” Carson replied.

Later in the interview, Carson offered his recommendation for how Republicans in Congress should respond to the president’s announcement: by shutting down the government, but only the parts that are “important to the president” and not any parts that will “hurt the American people.”

“I hope they put in front of them a whole list of the things that can be defunded, and then look specifically at the ones that are going to hurt [Obama] and those around him. Defund those things. I don’t want things that are going to hurt the American people,” Carson said, claiming that during the sequester, President Obama chose to cut funding on programs that would “inflict the most pain on the American people.”

“It’s not an all-or-none phenomenon,” he said. “You don’t have to shut down the important parts of the government. You just defund the things that are important to the president.”

Carson did not provide any specifics of programs to cut that would hurt Obama but not anybody else.

Allowing DACA Recipients In Military 'Unbelievably Dangerous' Says Numbers USA Spokeswoman

In an interview with Frank Gaffney on Tuesday, Rosemary Jenks, the director of government relations at the anti-immigrant group Numbers USA, said that any opening of the U.S. military to some people who came to the country illegally would be an “unbelievably dangerous” attack on the military’s “morale” and “integrity.”

“I think this president, not only is he intent on transforming America, he is intent on decimating our military in every way possible, in attacking its morale, in attacking its integrity,” she said. “It is just unbelievably dangerous to put illegal aliens inside the gates with our troops. It is unconscionable the things this president is doing to our military.”

“Well, I really think of it as a wrecking operation, and this fits the profile for sure,” Gaffney agreed.

In September, the Defense Department issued a new policy expanding to a small number of DREAMers an existing Bush-era program that allow some noncitizens with specialized skills serve in the military. USA Today explained the policy change:

The Pentagon program is capped at 1,500 recruits per year. Officials say it's unclear how many of those might be unlawful DACA status immigrants as opposed to others who are also eligible for military service under MAVNI, including those with legal, nonpermanent visas such as students or tourists.

Estimates suggest between 1.2 million and 2.1 million children, teenagers and young adults in the U.S. have no legal immigration status but meet the criteria for the DACA program. Those targeted by recruiters under the MAVNI program likely will be immigrants with language skills critical to national security, such as Arabic, Chinese, Pashto or Persian.

DACA status is granted by the Department of Homeland Security and includes a background check.

On average, the military recruits about 5,000 noncitizens each year, nearly all of them permanent U.S. residents, or so-called "green card" holders. Starting in 2006, the military began accepting some foreigners with nonpermanent visas, such as students or tourists, if they had special skills that are highly valued.

After entering military service, foreigners are eligible for expedited U.S. citizenship. Since 2001, more than 92,000 foreign-born service members have become citizens while serving in uniform.

The MAVNI program began in 2008 and remains a pilot program. The Pentagon notified Congress on Thursday that the program, which was due to expire at the end of this fiscal year, will be extended for another two years and will for the first time include DACA-status immigrants.

The military services are not required to accept recruits under MAVNI. In recent years, the Army has been the only service to accept a significant number of recruits under the program. The Air Force has accepted only a few and the Navy and Marine Corps have not sought MAVNI recruits in recent years.

Ted Cruz Vows to Damage Texas Courts in Response to Obama's Immigration Action

In response to President Obama's upcoming action on immigration, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz has vowed to retaliate by sabotaging the federal court system in his own state.

No, that's not how he phrased it, but that would be the impact of his vow. Yesterday in Politico, Cruz wrote how he thinks the Senate should respond to the president's policy decisions on immigration enforcement:

If the president announces executive amnesty, the new Senate majority leader who takes over in January should announce that the 114th Congress will not confirm a single nominee—executive or judicial—outside of vital national security positions, so long as the illegal amnesty persists.

While such a refusal to perform one of the basic functions of the Senate would harm the entire nation, the damage in Texas would be particularly severe. No state has more judicial vacancies than the Lone Star State. No state even comes close.

As of today, Texas is suffering from eleven current federal court vacancies, with another four known to be opening in the next few months. The White House has worked closely with Sens. Cruz and Cornyn to identify potential nominees, but progress has been slow: Only six of the vacancies even have nominees; three of these have not yet had their committee hearings.

But the other three – for the Eastern and Western Districts – advanced through the Judiciary Committee this morning and are now ready for a confirmation vote by the full Senate. All three would fill vacancies formally designated as judicial emergencies by the Administrative Office of U.S. Courts. Confirming them would be a good start at addressing the vacancy crisis in Texas.

And that's what is it: a crisis. As we wrote earlier this month in a Huffington Post piece entitled Lame Duck Opportunity and Obligation: Confirm Judges:

The situation is even more dire in Texas, where the Senate has a chance to fill three vacancies in the Eastern and Western Districts. The Western District judgeship has been vacant since 2008, and the Judicial Conference has asked for five new judgeships there to carry the load on top of filling all the existing vacancies. Chief Judge Fred Biery discussed the need for new judges last year, saying, "It would be nice to get some help. We are pedaling as fast as we can on an increasingly rickety bicycle." Judge David Ezra, formerly of Hawaii, explained why he was moving to Texas to hear cases in the Western District: "This is corollary to having a big wild fire in the Southwest Border states, and fire fighters from Hawaii going there to help put out the fire."

The Eastern District of Texas is in similar need of getting its vacancies filled during the lame duck: Of the nation's 94 federal districts, only two have had more weighted filings per judgeship than the Eastern District, according to the Administrative Office of U.S. Courts' most recent statistics. Small wonder, then, that the Judicial Conference has asked for two new judgeships there: Even if every judgeship were filled, that just isn't enough. To make matters worse, two more judges in the Eastern District have announced their intention to retire or take senior status next year, making it all the more important to fill the current vacancies now.

Even if the three nominees are confirmed during the lame duck, as they should be, more vacancies in both of those districts will open up early next year. Texas would still have eight vacancies, a number that would rise to twelve in the next few months.

To express his fury at President Obama and rally his right-wing base, Cruz would work to make sure that all these vacancies remain unfilled, which would hurt a lot of innocent Texans.

Cross-posted from the PFAW blog.

Louie Gohmert: Defund Obama's Golf Game!

Rep. Louie Gohmert and other conservatives are pushing for a short-term continuing resolution that could potentially lead to a standoff with President Obama over his executive action on immigration. The Texas Republican and his allies are threatening to use the budget process after that short-term spending bill runs out to threaten a government shutdown by insisting that the government “totally defund the amnesty.”

But Gohmert wants to take it even further, suggesting that Congress also go after any golf outings and family trips the president may take.

“I think we’ve got to make it clear that ought to be a short-term CR and we ought to keep holding that over the president’s head and if he grants an amnesty we just do massive cuts in programs that Americans won’t notice the bureaucrats being gone that he cares deeply about, including his own staff,” Gohmert told Dan Cofall earlier this month.

He added: “But if we’re funding everything he wants except for certain items that are his little pet piece or saying, like, we’re not going to fund any more golf outings or any more trips, vacations where he and his family travel on different planes. Just things in America go, really Mr. President, you can keep the government running and yet you’re the one saying, ‘No I want my golf outings, I want my czar for this and my czar for that,’ really, you will shut down the government over that?”

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Miranda Blue, Tuesday 03/03/2015, 12:46pm
As we noted earlier, former GOP Alaska Senate candidate Joe Miller is launching a new chapter as a right-wing radio host, and recruited an all-star cast of activists to be guests on his show in its opening weeks. Miller set the tone for the program with his very first guest, prominent anti-immigration activist and Kansas secretary of state Kris Kobach, who discussed with Miller the “cultural damage” being done by high levels of immigration. Miller lamented to Kobach that too many people “react with sympathy and empathy” to undocumented immigrants when really President... MORE
Miranda Blue, Thursday 02/26/2015, 6:03pm
As we’ve noted, the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) has long had a fraught relationship with conservative LGBT groups, but at the same time has been very welcoming of another subset of the conservative movement: white nationalists. For the past several years, CPAC has been partially sponsored by the English-only group ProEnglish which, along with promoting an anti-immigrant agenda, is led by Bob Vandervoort, an activist with a history as a white nationalist organizer. This year, CPAC once again allowed ProEnglish to host a booth in the event's exhibit hall, which... MORE
Brian Tashman, Thursday 02/26/2015, 12:05pm
Conservative columnist Ann Coulter writes today that while politicians are debating ways to defeat ISIS terrorists, they really should be focusing on the “illegal aliens [who] have killed, raped and maimed thousands of Americans — in America.” While Coulter mentions tragic cases of violent crimes committed by immigrants, the Immigration Policy Center notes that immigrants are “less likely to commit crimes or be behind bars than the native-born, and high rates of immigration are not associated with higher rates of crime.” Nonetheless, Coulter claims that “we... MORE
Brian Tashman, Tuesday 02/24/2015, 12:30pm
Today on “The 700 Club,” Pat Robertson warned that comprehensive immigration reform would give Mexico power over American politics and put the government “firmly in the hands of left-wing progressives.” “They’re trying to get these people so they become voters. ‘So they can’t speak English— too bad. So they can’t hold a job — tough luck. We’re going to give them drivers’ licenses, we’re going to give them healthcare, we’re going to give them a free education if they want it, but more than anything, we... MORE
Miranda Blue, Friday 02/20/2015, 12:57pm
This post has been updated In what is becoming an annual tradition, the American Conservative Union has accepted the sponsorship of an organization led by a white nationalist. Metro Weekly reported yesterday that the Log Cabin Republicans attempted to sponsor the upcoming Conservative Political Action Conference, but were rejected. Although the ACU disputes the story, in the past it has repeatedly excluded the now defunct gay conservative group GOProud. [UPDATE: Log Cabin Republicans report that they have been offered a speaking slot at CPAC, while they will "continue working... MORE
Miranda Blue, Wednesday 02/18/2015, 1:32pm
William Gheen of Americans for Legal Immigration (ALIPAC) visited VCY America’s “Crosstalk” yesterday to discuss some of his expansive conspiracy theories about immigrants in the United States. Gheen told host Vic Eliason that when President Obama’s executive actions on immigration take effect, it will be the “death of the United States” because “five, 10, 15 million illegals will then begin to dominate over conservatives in U.S. elections” and “vote for the people that are going to tax and debt American citizens to pay for their cell... MORE
Miranda Blue, Friday 02/13/2015, 1:25pm
In an interview on the “Florida Roundtable” radio program this week, Eagle Forum founder Phyllis Schlafly attacked President Obama for weakening American by bringing in “foreign ideas and diseases and people who don’t believe in self-government.” Schlafly said that while she believes that the United States “should be the biggest and the best and the strongest,” the president believes “just the opposite,” which is why he is letting into the country “all these people with Ebola” and immigrants who “are not familiar with the... MORE