|Scott Walker gazes and tears up as Paul Ryan speaks at |
Republican convention in 2102 in Tampa, Florida.
The Ayn Rand fanatic is taken seriously by establishment Washington, and is routinely accurately described as a liar and fool by Nobel Prize-winning economist and New York Times columnist, Paul Krugman and the majority of Janesville, Wisconsin voters.
It's no surprise 'Lying' Ryan is playing the demagogue on the refugee crisis and ginning up fears of the others as one of his first acts of duplicity as Speaker.
Notes a New York Times lede editorial:
H.R. 4038, the American Security Against Foreign Enemies (SAFE) Act of 2015, which Republican sponsors say 'would put in place the most robust national-security vetting process in history' for refugees, one that would 'do everything possible to prevent terrorists from reaching our shores.'
Conceived partly in response to the Paris attacks, the bill seeks to 'pause' admission of Syrian and Iraqi refugees. Though there are real fears of terrorism, this measure represents election-year pandering to the xenophobia that rears up when threats from abroad arise. People who know these issues — law enforcement and intelligence professionals, immigration officials and humanitarian groups — say that this wrongheaded proposal simply would not protect Americans from 'foreign enemies.'
Ryan's sop to Republican-voting bigots is SOP.
Less known is Ryan's 2014 floating an onerous but at least a version of a comprehensive immigration bill that had support of the vast majority of the American public, the majority of the House and Senate but plays horribly with the neo-fascist GOP base.
Ryan had stoked speculation he was considering a run for the presidency earlier this year, a consideration aborted perhaps after Ryan learned he might to have work weekends, and his noise about immigration reform bill breaking up families would come back to haunt him, (Kim, The Politico) (Frontline, WGBH Educational Foundation).
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Obama Action for Refugees and Immigrants
President Obama's two executive orders regarding executive prosecutorial discretion (Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA)) on undocumented humans were as expected halted by the rightist Judge Andrew S. Hanen on Feb. 16, who ordered a preliminary injunction on the orders.
Hanen has a history of targeting immigrant communities, (Hennessy-Fiske, LA Times).
Hanen's injunction and other litigation were affirmed by decisions written by Federalist Society U.S. District Judge, Jerry Edwin Smith, of the rightest Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in State of Texas et al v. United States of America et al (No. 15-40238) (November 2015) writing for a split three-judge panel earlier this month.
In dissent (pp. 71-124), Judge Carolyn Dineen King eviscerates the tortured logic and contrived justification used in State of Texas et al v. United States of America et al to be considered by the federal judiciary, noting the inescapable conclusion that the case's non-justiciability, (its wrongful hearing by the Court), is admitted by plaintiffs. See also Judge Stephen A. Higginson's powerful dissent (pp 43-68) in the Fifth Circuit panel's denial of the "motion to stay the preliminary injunction or narrow its scope pending appeal," (New York Times document, May, 2015).
Writes Judge King, "Plaintiffs concede that if the DAPA Memorandum is only an exercise in enforcement discretion—without granting any 'additional benefits'—it is unreviewable under 5 U.S.C. § 701(a), (p. 84)."
Obama is expected to appeal the case to the United States Supreme Court but he faces a tight deadline, (Worth Tow, Frontline).
The solution is simple: Comprehensive and total amnesty for 11.3 million undocumented humans in the face of the paralysis and corruption of Congress and its abdication of America at its best, protected by a corrupt judiciary.
Those white, low-information bigots who cannot stand a rainbow-colored America can leave if they like and establish a white homeland somewhere and worship Odin.