Former Governor of Alaska Sarah Palin took to her social media and blasted the amnesty bill that is being debated. Specifically she targeted Florida Senator Marco Rubio. According to her Twitter account, Palin was responding to a Townhall article by Leah Barkoukis on Rubio titled Candidate Rubio: 'Earned Path to Citizenship is Basically Code for Amnesty'. She then went on to title a post on her Facebook page as Holes in the Border As Big As the Holes in Their Amnesty Bill
First Palin Tweeted:
— Sarah Palin (@SarahPalinUSA) June 23, 2013
This came around 12:30pm on Sunday afternoon. However, the post on Facebook came around 2am on Monday morning. Palin wrote, "Just like they did with Obamacare, some in Congress intend to 'Pelosi' the amnesty bill. They'll pass it in order to find out what's in it. And just like the unpopular, unaffordable Obamacare disaster, this pandering, rewarding-the-rule-breakers, still-no-border-security, special-interests-ridden, 24-lb disaster of a bill is not supported by informed Americans."
Though she is in favor of immigration, she is ardently opposed to a discussion of immigration without securing the border and said that the amnesty bill was "completely toothless" when it comes to border security. She's right.
She then called those who claim to vote for this bill as though it ensures security as "disingenuous" and she set her sights on one Marco Rubio.
"Look no further than the fact that Senator Rubio and amnesty supporters nixed Senator Thune's amendment that required the feds to finally build part of a needed security fence before moving forward on the status of illegal immigrants who've already broken the law to be here," she wrote.
Palin added, "And if shooting down the border fence wasn't proof enough, they blew another chance by killing Senator Paul's 'Trust But Verify' amendment which required the completion of a fence in five years and required Congress to vote on whether the border is actually secure before furthering any immigration measures. And then they blew it yet again, nixing Senator Cornyn's "Results" amendment, which also required border enforcement standards. Now the Senate's pro-amnesty crowd is offering a fig leaf to security via the Corker-Hoeven Amendment, but this is really nothing more than empty promises. It's amnesty right now and border security… eh, well, someday."
She then offered what she called common sense solutions. "Pass-through grants could be given to border states to actually build a fence. The most responsive and responsible level of government is the most local, and since governors accept pass-throughs all the time, this is a workable solution. We could also free up more federal lands along the border to be privatized. The farmers and ranchers would have a clear incentive to keep their private property secure from the flow of illegal immigrants and/or other illegal activities trafficked across the border onto land they'd cultivate."
"There are plenty of other commonsense solutions, but this bill isn't about fixing problems; it's about amnesty at all costs."
Palin took a shot at Barack Obama too, saying that government is "awash in one scandal after another involving blatant lies and violations of our basic liberties, and the leader of the pack ventures out on one road trip after another to avoid accountability."
She then called out what was in the bill for Alaska senators. "Just like they did for Obamacare, the permanent political class is sugaring this bill with one goody after another to entice certain senators to vote for it. Look no further than page 983 of the bill, which contains a special visa exemption for foreign seafood workers in the 49th state despite huge unemployment numbers in the American workforce. This is obviously a hidden favor designed to buy the votes of Alaska Senators Murkowski and Begich."
She said that like Obamacare, the amnesty bill "fails on every level of economic sanity and sane reform" and offers "no solutions. She also said it would barely slow illegal immigration.
According to the CBO, the bill won't stop illegal immigration. In fact, 75% of illegal immigration would continue under this bill. It will drive down wages for hardworking Americans.
"Passing this bill with an unsecured border and within a growing welfare state under Barack Obama is economic insanity," Palin wrote. "Have people already forgotten that our bankrupt government is running up massive unsustainable deficits every year? We can't afford to pay the piper now, much less the trillions of dollars more in welfare and entitlements for the millions who are here illegally today that will be granted this bill's benefits."
She declared, "Pass this, Congress, and Obama will have succeeded in fundamentally transforming America."
Then, just like Michelle Malkin did, she spoke about the law of the land. "Border security is fundamental to the rule of law, as is incentivizing those who follow the legal path to citizenship instead of punishing them by promoting lawbreakers. This is non-negotiable. It's time our lawmakers remember that we are a sovereign nation of laws. This bill ignores that, and ignores the will of the people. The continued porous border goes against what politicians assured us was in this mountain-high bill, and in typical D.C. style it flies in the face of what many politicians campaigned on. I heard their campaign promises. You heard them, too."
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