October 30, 2019
It is nice to finally see some bipartisanship in Washington!
When it comes to the issues that really matter, like importing a lettuce-picking underclass for lazy Boomer farmers and megacorps, the Republicans are more than willing to work with their Democrat colleagues to write the necessary legislation.
The only thing stopping them is the pesky will of the American people and the fact that a President elected on the promise to MAGA is still sitting in the White House.
The White House is dismissing a fresh effort from a bipartisan group of House lawmakers to address the status of undocumented immigrants working in the U.S. agriculture industry.
Lawmakers led by California Democrat Zoe Lofgren and Florida Republican Mario Diaz-Balart — two veterans of immigration overhaul efforts — plan to introduce a bill this week that would provide a pathway to legal status for those farm workers, their spouses and minor children, congressional sources told McClatchy.
Diaz-Balart, who confirmed his involvement, said three other GOP lawmakers have been involved in quiet negotiations over the past several months and that roughly 100 farm labor groups were supporting the effort and nearly 20 House Republicans had expressed interest in signing on as co-sponsors.
Last week, Theo Wold, a special assistant to President Donald Trump for domestic policy, came to Capitol Hill to meet with members and senior aides involved in negotiations.
Wold is an ally of Jared Kushner, a senior adviser and son-in-law to Trump who has tried to be a bipartisan dealmaker on immigration overhaul legislation in the past.
This Theo Wold is no fool. He knows who holds the keys to the White House. It’ll cost him, but if he can “convince” Jared Kushner, the main obstacle to the farmers’ selfish plans will be neutralized.
Congressional sources familiar with the meeting said they saw Wold’s participation as a positive sign there could be some openness to support for the bill within the White House — or at least no active effort to try and thwart it.
A senior administration official confirmed Wold’s attendance but said the White House is unlikely to back the legislation.
That would be a blow to the Republican lawmakers who had been quietly working with Democrats for months on this measure.
We can only hope that Donald Trump does not listen to the farmers and this Wold character or Jared Kushner – who, by the way, is a child with no experience in anything and yet who gives “advice” to a man twice his age.
But whatever. We all know what a disaster that whole situation is. I was just unaware that Jared Kushner is apparently personally involved in an effort to get Trump to import millions of Mexican lettuce pickers, of all things.
According to a summary of the bill obtained by McClatchy, the so-called Farm Workforce Modernization Act would provide a pathway to legal status for undocumented immigrants who have already been working in the farm and agriculture industry for at least two years and plan to continue in this sector.
It would make changes to the H2-A visa program, which farmers use to hire foreign nationals for seasonal agriculture work, to make it easier for employers to fill crucial workforce gaps while providing more protections for the workers themselves.
And as a sweetener for immigration hardliners, the measure would make E-Verify — the web-based system that allows businesses to confirm whether their employees are eligible to work in the United States — mandatory for the agriculture sector.
Treachery in the party cannot be “sweetened” away. It can only be purged.
The Republican Party will be forced to become the White Party whether it likes it or not.
I think there is a resurgence of anti-America First sentiment because at this point in time the GOP has not yet learned how to be pro-White. And I think we are going to be part of the throes of that transformation, which must take place. The GOP is not going to be the monolithic party of big business donors that they once were in the last century. Groypers are going to be at the center of that. It’s a huge transformation for the GOP to make. They are now going into an America First mode and Gropyers will be resented because of our leading role. But without that leading role and without that transformation, the GOP will not survive.