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Anti-Immigration Crusaders Face A Biden Policy Shop Of Horrors

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The incoming administration of President-elect Joe Biden is planning to reverse many of President Trump’s immigration initiatives, and Biden himself promised to prioritize the type of legislation conservatives have frequently described as amnesty.

“Some of it’s going to depend on the kind of cooperation I can or cannot get from the United States Congress,” Biden said in his first post-election television interview. “But I am going to make a commitment in the first 100 days. I will send an immigration bill to the United States Senate with a pathway to citizenship for over 11 million undocumented people in America.”

“Joe Biden said last night he is going to submit an amnesty bill for 15 million immigrants in the first 100 days,” Sen. Tom Cotton, an Arkansas Republican who has emerged as a top Trump ally on immigration, warned on Fox and Friends on Wednesday. “That is probably going to unleash a surge towards our border of people trying to get in before that bill is introduced.”

Cotton also accused Alejandro Mayorkas, Biden’s pick to run the Department of Homeland Security, of “selling citizenship to well-connected Chinese nationals on behalf of Democratic Party donors” during his tenure at the department under President Barack Obama, calling it “disqualifying.”

How much influence lawmakers such as Cotton will have next year, in what figures to be a closely divided Senate no matter what happens in Georgia’s two runoff elections, remains to be seen. In the Obama and George W. Bush administrations, Democrats who supported legal status and a pathway to citizenship for most illegal immigrants negotiated immigration legislation with Republicans who favored similar policies. This included the 2013 Gang of Eight immigration deal.

The failure of that legislation to pass, plus the nomination and then election of Trump, was widely seen as a repudiation of the Gang of Eight approach. Trump included restrictionists such as Cotton and Sen. David Perdue, a Georgia Republican currently up for reelection, in immigration negotiations along with the Democrats and South Carolina GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham, who was one of the Gang of Eight.

With Trump gone from the White House — he has yet to concede the presidential race and is still contesting the results in multiple states — things could revert to their pre-Trump status quo on immigration. “There are more hard-line senators now,” said a GOP staffer. “But there are still a lot of old guard establishment types too.”

Democrats don’t want to go back to the Obama administration’s approach. The previous Democratic president, under whom Biden served as vice president, initially attempted to build credibility for a pathway to citizenship by stepping up enforcement against employers of illegal immigrants. Activists decried Obama as the “deporter in chief,” while immigration hawks maintained he exaggerated his deportation numbers.

Jerry Kammer, the Center for Immigration Studies fellow who chronicled this history in the book, Losing Control: How a Left-Right Coalition Blocked Immigration Reform and Provoked the Backlash That Elected Trump, described it as “a ‘more thoughtful approach’ meets a more powerful backlash.” Obama soon used executive action to shield some younger illegal immigrants from deportation, something he had repeatedly denied having the power to do, through Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. Trump unsuccessfully attempted to rescind this program completely, which Biden plans to reinstate fully.

Biden’s “unity” platform with Bernie Sanders and his supporters also proposes a 100-day deportation moratorium. This, too, could elicit a backlash among Republicans capable of sustaining immigration hawks through at least the midterm elections. Trump also managed to win the highest share of the Hispanic vote of any GOP presidential nominee since 2004 without adopting Bush’s immigration policy, prompting Obama to complain Latino evangelicals ignored the “racist things” his successor said because they opposed gay marriage and abortion.

“The Biden-Harris administration is determined to implement an ‘America Last’ immigration agenda despite having no mandate to do so,” said Matthew Tragesser, a spokesman for the Federation for American Immigration Reform. “Recent nominations for secretary of state and head of the Department of Homeland Security reveal where its priorities lie: open borders, mass amnesty, and more legal migration in the middle of an economic downturn and global pandemic.”

This means immigration hawks are going to face new political battles early in Biden’s presidency.

FAIR will work with Republicans and moderate Democrats in Congress to not only torpedo the amnesty bill promised in the first 100 days but also reject radical nominations and ensure proper oversight of agencies with immigration jurisdiction,” Tragesser said. “Not only will we be fighting for the American people here in Washington. We’ll be giving them a play-by-play of what happens when you put a radical, open borders party into power.

Author : W. James Antle

Source : Washington Examiner : Anti-illegal immigrant crusaders face a Biden policy shop of horrors

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Amazon Fights Against Mail-In Voting In Union Decision To Preserve Vote Fidelity

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E-commerce giant Amazon is reportedly seeking to postpone a unionization vote at a warehouse in Alabama and is fighting back against federal labor authorities’ decision to allow mail-in voting. Amazon claims it has created a “safe, confidential and convenient proposal for associates to vote on-site, which is in the best interest of all parties—associate convenience, vote fidelity and timeliness of vote count.”

The Wall Street Journal reports that the e-commerce giant Amazon is aiming to postpone a unionization vote at one of its warehouses in Alabama. The company is also reportedly requesting that federal labor authorities reconsider a decision to allow mail-in voting due to the pandemic.

On Thursday, Amazon filed an appeal to a decision by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), which is allowing employees to vote by mail due to coronavirus risks instead of holding in-person elections. The ballots are set to be mail to around 6,000 workers associated with Amazon’s facility in Bessemer, Alabama, on February 8.

In the petition, Amazon said the NLRB’s decision was flawed as it had not adequately defined an outbreak, along with a number of other objections. Workers at Amazon’s facility are seeking representation from the Retail, Wholesale, and Department Store Union.

If a majority of ballots vote in favor of unionization, it would be the first time that hourly Amazon workers have formed or joined a union in the United States.

Amazon declined to comment on the appeal but stated that it believes the best approach to an election would be having it conducted in person, stating that it “provided the NLRB with a safe, confidential and convenient proposal for associates to vote on-site, which is in the best interest of all parties—associate convenience, vote fidelity and timeliness of vote count.”

Read more at the Wall Street Journal here.

Author : Lucas Nolan

Source : Breitbart : Amazon Fights Against Mail-In Voting in Union Decision to Preserve ‘Vote Fidelity’

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Did Joe Biden Just Make Our Power Grid Vulnerable To Foreign Adversaries Again?

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On May 1, 2020, President Trump signed Executive Order 13920, “Securing the United States Bulk-Power System,” to prevent foreign adversaries from creating and exploiting vulnerabilities in the United States bulk-power system.

“The bulk-power system is a target of those seeking to commit malicious acts against the United States and its people, including malicious cyber activities,” the executive order read. “Although maintaining an open investment climate in bulk-power system electric equipment, and in the United States economy more generally, is important for the overall growth and prosperity of the United States, such openness must be balanced with the need to protect our Nation against a critical national security threat.”

In December, former U.S. Secretary of Energy Dan Brouillette issued a prohibition order “designed to reduce the risks that entities associated with the People’s Republic of China pose to the Nation’s bulk-power system” under Executive Order 13920, which took effect January 16, 2021—mere days before Biden’s inauguration.

On his first day in office, Joe Biden suspended Executive Order 13920 for 90 days as part of his “Executive Order on Protecting Public Health and the Environment and Restoring Science to Tackle the Climate Crisis.” According to the order, “The Secretary of Energy and the Director of OMB shall jointly consider whether to recommend that a replacement order be issued.”

While it remains to be seen whether a replacement order will be issued, and whether a replacement would similarly protect Americas’s bulk-power system from being exploited by foreign adversaries, it’s still hard to understand why Trump’s executive order was suspended in the first place.

Was it simply an anti-Trump action or was it because of his son Hunter Biden?

As CNN reported last month, “After [Joe Biden] left office in 2017, Hunter Biden worked on securing a deal with CEFC China Energy to invest in US energy projects.” The deal fell through, but Hunter Biden’s business dealings with China may very well be a motive behind his father’s suspending Trump’s executive order. Recall that Joe Biden is on the record saying that “China is not our problem.” And he has repeatedly insisted that his son’s business dealings with Ukraine, while he was vice president and the Obama administration’s point man on Ukraine, was not a conflict of interest.

While President Trump believed in “America First,” Joe Biden seems to believe in “China First.”

Author : Matt Margolis

Source : Pj Media : Did Joe Biden Just Make Our Power Grid Vulnerable to Foreign Adversaries Again?

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Bernie Sanders Predicts Democrat Party Could Be Wiped Out In 2022 Midterm Elections

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Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, an independent lawmaker who caucuses with Democrats, warned the Democratic Party this week what will happen if Democrats do not improve American lives now that they control the White House, House, and have effective control over the Senate.

Sanders predicted the Democratic Party will be “wiped out” in the 2022 midterm elections if they squander their opportunity to improve American lives.

“Given all that we face, now is not the time to think small. It is time to think big, very big,” Sanders said on Thursday, according to McClatchy reporter Francesca Chambers.

“With Joe Biden as president and Democrats controlling the House and Senate for the first time since 2010, we will be judged on what we deliver for the American people in their time of need. The people want action, not excuses,” Sanders explained.

“And let me be very clear. I have zero doubt that unless we significantly improve the lives of the American people this year, Democrats will get wiped out in the 2022 midterm elections,” Sanders predicted. “That is what happened when Democrats had the House, the Senate and the presidency under Bill Clinton in 1994 and that is what happened under Barack Obama in 2010.”

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Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, an independent lawmaker who caucuses with Democrats, warned the Democratic Party this week what will happen if Democrats do not improve American lives now that they control the White House, House, and have effective control over the Senate.

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Sanders predicted the Democratic Party will be “wiped out” in the 2022 midterm elections if they squander their opportunity to improve American lives.

“Given all that we face, now is not the time to think small. It is time to think big, very big,” Sanders said on Thursday, according to McClatchy reporter Francesca Chambers.

“With Joe Biden as president and Democrats controlling the House and Senate for the first time since 2010, we will be judged on what we deliver for the American people in their time of need. The people want action, not excuses,” Sanders explained.

“And let me be very clear. I have zero doubt that unless we significantly improve the lives of the American people this year, Democrats will get wiped out in the 2022 midterm elections,” Sanders predicted. “That is what happened when Democrats had the House, the Senate and the presidency under Bill Clinton in 1994 and that is what happened under Barack Obama in 2010.”

“Politicians and media focus a great deal on drama, personality and conflict,” Sanders added. “That’s how they define politics. That is not my view. Politics is nothing more complicated than delivering policy that positively impacts the lives of working families.

Of course, Sanders’ vision of what policies are beneficial significantly diverge from the majority of Americans. Sanders is a self-declared “democratic-socialist,” who advocates for European-style socialism.

Indeed, Sanders said this week that he would use his power in the Senate to implement as much of his big government agenda as possible while Democrats control Congress.

Sanders wrote in an essay for CNN:

The Senate’s 60-vote threshold to pass major legislation has become an excuse for inaction. But let’s be clear: We have the tools to overcome these procedural hurdles. As incoming Chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, I will use a process known as budget reconciliation that will allow us to pass comprehensive legislation with only 51 votes

Democrats have a poor history of leveraging control in Washington.

In fact, the last two times that Democrats had control of the White House and Congress — after Bill Clinton’s election in 1992 and Barack Obama’s election in 2008 — Democrats gave up control in the next national election

The 1994 midterm elections were particularly bad for Democrats; they lost control of the Senate, House, a net loss of 10 governorships, and numerous state legislatures. The 2010 midterm elections were equally as bad — coming amid the Tea Party movement — though Democrats managed to retain control of the Senate until the 2014 midterm elections.

Author : Chris Enloe

Source : The Blaze : Bernie Sanders predicts the Democratic Party could be ‘wiped out’ in the 2022 midterm elections

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