Sen. John McCain (RINO-AZ) wants Congress to pass the Gang of Eight’s comprehensive amnesty bill when he returns to the Senate after getting treatments for brain cancer.
According to The Arizona Republic, McCain, before leaving Washington to get cancer treatments in Arizona, reportedly spoke to Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) about joining forces again to pass the “Gang of Eight” bill. After joining Sens. Susan Collins (R-ME) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) to defeat the GOP’s “skinny repeal” of Obamacare, McCain, who has always wanted to be known as a straight-talking independent, was lionized by Democrats and the legacy media, with CNN paying homage to his “maverick moment.”
Referring to the “Gang of Eight” bill, McCain told the Republic on Thursday that he wanted “to reintroduce the same package that was passed through the United States Senate and never taken up in the House.”
“Immigration reform is one of the issues I’d like to see resolved,” McCain reportedly added. “I’ve got to talk to him (Schumer) about when would be the best time. I think there are all kinds of deals to be made out there. I really do.”
McCain worked with Schumer, along with Sens. Marco Rubio (R-FL), Jeff Flake (R-AZ), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Bob Menendez (D-NJ) and Michael Bennet (D-CO), on the “Gang of Eight” bill, which was introduced in 2013. The Senate passed the bill but the House never took it up due to the massive amount of public pressure Representatives faced against the bill.
The bill would have given a path to citizenship to most illegal immigrants, greatly increased the number of H-1B visas to allow companies to displace rrican workers–U.S.-born and legal immigrants–with foreigners who are not more qualified, and greatly increased the number of legal immigrants who would be eligible to enter the country over the next 30 years to put more downward pressure on wages on blue-collar and white-collar workers of all backgrounds already in the United States.
“I think you have to consider that we do want high-tech people, but we also need low-skilled people who will do work that Americans won’t do,” McCain reportedly said. “I wouldn’t do it. Even in my misspent youth, I wouldn’t do it.”
After Mitt Romney lost the 2012 election, the Republican National Committee (RNC) produced its disastrous “autopsy” report. The only policy solution the terribly-named “autopsy” report advocated was amnesty for illegal immigrants. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) and his gang of establishment inside-the-box consultants tethered to the tired views of the permanent political class bought the malarkey in the “autopsy” report, and Rubio became arguably the most prominent face of the “Gang of Eight” bill.
Breitbart News, on the other hand, sided with American workers who read its pages and called into Breitbart radio programs on Sirius XM Patriot and rejected the RNC’s nonsense. Former Breitbart News executive and current White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon did not care what the permanent political establishment thought and encouraged Breitbart News reporters like Matt Boyle to expose all of the Gang of Eight’s shenanigans and behind-the-scenes machinations. Since Fox News essentially supported the Gang of Eight bill, Breitbart News was oftentimes the lone outlet in the media universe that was critical of the bill and, in so doing, gained the trust of American workers who had been for too long accustomed to having all of the media outlets ignore their voices and concerns.
As Breitbart News previously noted, Breitbart News “was undersized, outmanned, and taking on the ‘professional conservative’ establishment, the GOP establishment, the establishment media and their liberal allies, the international establishment, and the left. All too often, all five of these camps tried to swarm Breitbart News. But Breitbart News prevailed and got even stronger because, like the honey badger, Bannon and Breitbart News didn’t give a sh*t.”
During the amnesty debate, then-Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) became a champion of American workers in the Senate, as he denounced the “Masters of Universe” who viewed American workers simply as commodities. Ann Coulter, to the relief of many, found her groove again. Mickey Kaus became an indispensable follow on Twitter and an unheralded source of information about the bill. Breitbart Texas’ groundbreaking scoop in June of 2014 about illegal immigrants being warehoused in Texas drove the national news cycle for weeks, and it led to former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s (R-VA) shocking primary loss to Dave Brat, whom Laura Ingraham and Mark Levin supported.
Brat’s win was an upset for ages that essentially put the final nail in the coffin of the “Gang of Eight” bill. Breitbart News was one of the only outlets that covered Brat’s upstart candidacy and Ingraham’s final campaign event for Brat. The legacy media and the political establishment did not think Cantor’s race was worth covering and, in a bit of foreshadowing, never saw the forces that led to Cantor’s defeat.
The fierce opposition to the Gang of Eight bill may have convinced Donald Trump to firmly oppose illegal immigration when he entered the 2016 GOP presidential race. Trump won the GOP nomination by opposing illegal immigration, swatting away “Little Marco” and “Low-Energy Jeb” Bush. And proving how idiotic, insufferable, and out of touch GOP establishment lawmakers, “Republican” pundits, the legacy media, and Democrats like Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) were in claiming that Republicans could never win a general election without passing amnesty legislation, Trump did better among people of color in 2016 than Romney did in 2012 in the general election.
Unlike Trump, Rubio went against the interests of American workers in going all-in on the Gang of Eight bill, and GOP primary voters did not forgive him for breaking his campaign promises. White House special assistant and former Breitbart News writer Julia Hahn—whom Josh Green described in Devil’s Bargain: Steve Bannon, Donald Trump, and the Storming of the Presidency as having a “cherubic visage and impeccably sweet manners” that “belied an intense commitment” to America-first nationalist policies and “a ferocious pen”—pointed out how devastating the Gang of Eight bill was for Rubio.
“Rubio entered the Republican primary race as the donor class favorite with seemingly limitless financial backing, media support, and institutional resources,” Hahn wrote thenfor Breitbart News. “Rubio was the handpicked successor to the legacy of Bush Republicanism: He was to be Paul Ryan’s partner in the White House to complete the immigration, trade and foreign policy legacy of George W. Bush.”
But Rubio failed to win a single primary in 2016 and, as Hahn noted, “to be so resoundingly electorally crushed given his incomparable advantage” was “likely a first in American history.”
While Rubio will most likely calculate how potentially teaming up with McCain again will impact his potential political future, McCain may want a comprehensive amnesty bill to be a lasting legacy not only for himself but for his late friend Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-MA), with whom he introduced the McCain-Kennedy immigration reform bill.
That bill failed to pass in 2007 because the public revolted against President George W. Bush and the usual band of left-wing Democrats and establishment Republicans who always try to scheme together to pass amnesty bills that American workers have never supported.
Kennedy later passed away in 2009 from glioblastoma, which, as the Washington Postnoted, is the same aggressive brain cancer that McCain is fiercely fighting.
According to the Republic, McCain, “who turns 81 on Aug. 29,” is “in a more reflective place in his long Senate career as he faces” his “serious health challenge and undergoes chemotherapy.”
“We’ll know in a few weeks,” McCain reportedly said of his brain cancer. “I hate the use the word ‘beat it,’ because it’s not a matter of beating. You either get cured or you don’t get cured.”
Sen. David Perdue (R-GA) discussed the RAISE Act immigration reforms with SiriusXM host Alex Marlow on Friday’s Breitbart News Daily.
Perdue said the RAISE Act does not “touch the temporary work visas or the illegal situation,” because “the president is already moving on the illegal situation.”
“You see the border crossings going down dramatically so far, the illegal border crossings,” he pointed out.
“What we do is focus on our legal immigration system, which is totally broken,” he said. “We bring in 1.1 million people today, and only one out of 15 come in with skills. The rest are people that come in as extended family members. It’s called chain immigration.”
“The result of all that is, over half of the immigrant households in America today are participants in our welfare systems. That’s not the American dream. This is why it’s so broken, and we can fix it,” said Perdue.
“What we’ve done is focused on a merit-based immigration system that is modeled, really, after the Canadian and Australian systems that have been in place for decades, and they’ve been proven to work. This is pro-worker. It’s pro-growth. It’s been proven to work,” he said.
“It focuses on six major areas: education, age, job, investment – if somebody wants to bring a business here – major accomplishments, and English. We give points for having English proficiency,” Perdue explained.
“This actually protects our low-skilled workers, and it provides a higher-skill worker. It attempts to deal with the income disparity that we’ve witnessed over the last 20 years here in America,” he said.
Perdue noted that, contrary to the bizarre talking point advanced by some opponents of the immigration reform plan, requiring English-language proficiency does not limit immigrants to “white people,” given that about 69 countries around the world have English as an official language.
“I’ve lived in Europe. I’ve lived in Asia. I’ve worked much of my career outside the United States. English is the language of business,” he said. “This not unusual for us to have this as a requirement.”
“By the way, it’s not a prerequisite,” he added. “Someone could still come under this system with minimal English skills but they have really, really strong education skills or something else that really can give us an indication that they will be productive here. That’s the whole bottom line is, they come in – there’s a reason they’re coming in to add to the economy and have a chance at the American dream without stealing it from existing workers in the United States.”
Perdue clarified that the merit-based immigration system uses a 100-point scale, following the Canadian and Australian models, and English-language proficiency counts for 12 points at most.
“If you’re a perfect English speaker, that doesn’t necessarily guarantee you’re going to be able to qualify under this merit-based system,” he said. “We have to see evidence that you’re going to bring skills that are employable. We give points for a job based on income, so it can’t be a job cutting grass. You get very few points for that, but a Ph.D. that can be an innovator and that sort of thing, we give them a few more points. It’s based on the kind of job it is and the compensation.”
“This is a very thoughtful, a very measured approach,” he argued. “We’re not trying to solve all of the immigration issues now. There’s one of the problems the attempts we’ve had in the past: they’re trying to solve everything at once. We have carved out 1.1 million green card recipients each year, and we said this needs to move to a merit-based system.”
“The liberal left better look at their history because, honestly, they looked at this in the mid-90s under Bill Clinton and they said, ‘Look, we need to be more like Canada in relation to bringing in skilled workers with a merit-based system,’” Perdue observed. “This is something that really shouldn’t be that partisan, frankly.”
Perdue cited “very strong” polling numbers, in the sixty percent range, indicating that Americans believe immigration should use a merit-based system.
“Right now, it’s family-based, so if you have a worker that comes in – and remember, only 1 out of 15 immigrants come in with skills to work – the rest are these chained extended families,” he stressed. “So today, if a worker gets a green card, they can bring their immediate family, but they can bring their extended family. We have workers that have been here for ten years, they’re still bringing family members, extended family members who may have no skills, and there’s no requirement to have any skills.”
“In addition to that, we have country cap quotas. It’s all arbitrary, and some of these numbers are fifty years old. It really does prohibit us from bringing the best and the brightest in here. It’s an archaic system, and we’ve really got to fix it,” he urged.
Perdue said the liberal left does not understand these arguments, “and they don’t want to.”
“You could see the hue and cry from the CNN guy the other day, and then also what Nancy Pelosi said, and everything else,” he said. “When a liberal politician starts to really scream about a new piece of legislation that I put in, I feel like I’m headed in the right direction.”
“There’s going to be a hue and cry, they’re going to say it’s biased, and this and that, but they need to realize that this was a Democratic effort in the mid-90s that looked at best practices and came up and said, ‘You know, we need to have a skills-based approach,” he reiterated.
“This is about developing America and making sure that America can afford to have all the things that the liberals think we need to have,” Perdue contended. “The point is, we’ve gotten to a point where we can’t afford the things that we’re now spending money on.”
“For America to continue to be the economic leader, we’ve got to continue to be the innovator, and we’ve got to continue to be a brain sink for the best and brightest around the world. We’ve also got to close this income gap between the skilled workers and the unskilled workers in America. This bill does all of that,” he said.
Marlow noted that the RAISE Act does not have an “easy path” through our sharply divided Congress and asked for some signs of hope that it might reach President Trump’s desk.
“I’m hoping that because Barbara Jordan and other people – Barbara Jordan is not known as a moderate, and she looked at this; this was back in the 90s when she was running this commission on immigration and said this was a pretty good idea,” Perdue replied.
“I think when people look at it away from the partisan – if a Democrat had brought this, we’d have plenty of Democratic support, and I could see a Democrat bringing this,” he said. “Look, Canada is not known for its conservatism, right? And here is a program that they’ve had for decades, and it’s worked. We looked at its objective. We looked at best practice and came up with something that we thought was nonpartisan and really would make America stronger.”
“This isn’t about necessarily cutting the number of immigrants. That’s a derivative number. What we did is say, ‘Look, let’s look at the quality of people coming in and make sure that they have something to add to our way of life that they can assimilate, and they can contribute to what we’re trying to do here, and then have an opportunity for their own American dream. Right now, we bring people in, entrap them in the welfare system, and they have no chance of chasing the American dream,” said Perdue.
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