Immigration Update 

Mr. Meadows: I wanted to give you an update on news surrounding the immigration debate and where we stand in Congress.

Right now, unfortunately, the House of Representatives is not acting on immigration, instead choosing the let the Senate go first and try to pass their own bill–and I believe this is the wrong approach. The Senate has already failed to pass any of the four measures they considered. If the House is going to wait for 60 Senators to figure out an immigration bill first, we might as well all go home and take a nap.

The House should not wait on the Senate to act before we do. We already have an immigration bill in the House that deals with the problem and delivers on the voters’ priorities, including border security, ending chain migration, and ending the visa lottery program. It’s time for us in the House to start leading and get to work on our own bill.

That’s where we currently stand. But here’s the bottom line on this debate: House conservatives will not accept an immigration proposal that fails to do what we told the American people we would do during election season. We kept our promise on cutting taxes, but we have to follow through on immigration now, too.

I joined Face the Nation on CBS to discuss the issue, and you can watch that interview here. Rep. Jim Jordan and I also spoke with the Atlantic in an interview about the immigration debate—you can read the full article here.

Editor: Transylvania Indivisible makes an effort to maintain a non-partisan stance, but I cannot allow this position to pass without comment. Mr. Meadows’ contention that he is fulfilling a promise made and based on the the wishes of the American people is made a lie by the actual feelings of the American people, as reported by The Hill on January 14 this year: “The CBS News poll, released Sunday, shows 70 percent of Americans favor allowing those who benefit from the program, often known as “Dreamers,” to stay in the country.”  (See related story HERE.)

Mr. Meadows, like most politicians, is addicted to telling us, the people, how we feel. My wife taught me doing that is a losing proposition, typically with no relationship to reality and no possible good outcome. The same can be said of Mr. Meadows’ posturing. He expresses his own feelings about brown people and their families from our southern border, and passes them off as a reflection of the American public. I call BS.