Roy Beck's picture

Published:  

  by  Roy Beck

Many Washington champions for MORE immigration enforcement are abuzz and aghast at reports indicating that Congressman Michael McCaul (R-Texas) is considered to be high on the Trump Team's list to be the next Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

NumbersUSA members will recognize McCaul over the last four years as the champion of legislation for LESS immigration enforcement. (NumbersUSA activists flooded Congress with faxes and phone calls objecting to McCaul's legislation which eventually had to be pulled because of the grassroots disapproval.)

No government position is as important as the DHS Secretary in determining whether President-Elect Donald Trump fulfills his immigration enforcement promises to the working women and men of America.

Yet, the Trump Team apparently is seriously considering filling the position with Rep. McCaul who has used his congressional leadership position of chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee the last four years to try to undermine Trump's top proposals on immigration enforcement.

Let's look at some of the ways.

UNDERMINE #1: ENTRY-EXIT SYSTEM TO TRACK VISA-OVERSTAYERS

In Trump's landmark August 2016 immigration speech in Phoenix, he promised to "finally complete the biometric entry-exit visa tracking system which we need desperately. For years Congress has required biometric entry-exit visa tracking systems, but it has never been completed."

But H.R. 1417 (the "McCaul bill)," introduced in the autumn of 2013, would have gutted the entry-exit law previously passed by Congress. Here is what NumbersUSA's Chris Chmielenski wrote about the bill:

The 9/11 Commission recommended that the federal government implement a biometric entry/exit system at all ports of entry to better monitor the movement of non-immigrant visitors to and from the United States. In 2004, Congress codified a mandatory biometric entry/exit system in the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act, and yet, there's still no system in place.

Instead of requiring completion of the entry/exit system, the McCaul-Jackson Lee bill gives DHS an out. The bill requires DHS to develop a plan to implement a biometric system at all ports of entry, unless the Secretary determines that such a system is not feasible. In that case, DHS can develop a plan for an alternative system.

The inability to implement a biometric entry/exit system at all ports of entry is one of DHS's biggest failures. A recent report from the Center for Immigration Studies found that not only would a system be easy to implement, but given current technology, it would be very affordable. Giving DHS the opportunity, though, to develop an alternate system would almost guarantee that a biometric entry/exit system will never exist.

Rep. McCaul sought to weaken the entry-exit goals even more by co-sponsoring another bill (H.R. 3141) which our NumbersUSA Grade Cards describe like this:

(Weakens) interior enforcement by exempting non-pedestrian traffic from the entry-exit system. This would exempt an estimated 25% of all border crossings from the entry-exit system and create a loophole for would-be illegal aliens who would not be subject to the exit system and, thus, could potentially overstay in the U.S.

UNDERMINE #2: OPERATIONAL CONTROL OF THE BORDER

Chris wrote this about McCaul's H.R. 1417:

The Secure Fence Act of 2006 requires the Secretary of Homeland Security to 'take all actions the Secretary determines necessary and appropriate to achieve and maintain operational control over the entire international land and maritime borders of the United States.'

The McCaul-Jackson Lee legislation, however, only requires the Secretary of Homeland Security to submit "a comprehensive strategy for gaining and maintaining situational awareness and operational control of high traffic areas" within 2 years and "operational control along the southwest border" within 5 years.

So, instead of requiring DHS to secure the entire border, now the agency simply has to submit a plan to Congress detailing how it would secure portions of the border. There are requirements in H.R.1417 to implement the Secretary's plan, but should the agency fail to do so, the only consequence is for DHS to submit a report to Congress explaining why it failed (or didn't try).

UNDERMINE #3: FENCING ON THE MEXICAN BORDER

No Trump immigration promise has gotten more attention than his calls for a wall or fencing along the Mexican-U.S. border.

McCaul's handling of border fencing in H.R. 399, the Secure Our Border First Act of 2015 exemplifies the way House Republican leaders have responded to the public's clamor for more enforcement. The Republicans in November 2014 had won control of Congress after national campaigning against the Obama Administration's lack of enforcement and promising to do things differently. But the response of House GOP leaders was to offer the latest version of McCaul's border bill that had been exposed as an anti-enforcement bill in the previous Congress.

Jessica Vaughan of the Center for Immigration Studies analyzed the bill as an improvement over the 2013 bill but summarized that "it falls far short of what is needed to slow the flow of illegal immigration and prevent the entry of terrorists and criminals. It proposes to spend $10 billion of taxpayer money without ensuring that a single illegal alien will be sent home."

After all the promises made by Republicans seeking votes in 2014, McCaul's bill offered only 27 miles of double fencing, about which Vaughan stated:

This is certainly welcome but, again, inadequate. To put this into perspective, Hudspeth County, Texas, alone has 95 miles of unfenced border. We don't need to build fencing along the entire border, but 27 more miles (to be built in three separate sectors) is a drop in the bucket compared to the 700 miles that was authorized (but never completed) by the 2006 Secure Fence Act. And, if Congress just reneges on the authorization like it has in the past, and does not appropriate the funds, it may never be built. "

TROUBLING SIGNS OF LOYALTY TO GOP LEADERSHIP'S AMNESTY AGENDA

McCaul is on the leadership team of Speaker Paul Ryan who has a career-long record of seeking expansionist immigration.

McCaul was also loyal to the previous Speaker John Boehner on immigration when very few other Republicans were. McCaul's legislation to weaken various immigration enforcement provisions already in place was widely seen by those of us who support stronger enforcement as a fig-leaf to make it look like Republican leadership was doing something to strengthen border enforcement when it was actually doing the opposite. It is telling that the McCaul bill which the GOP leadership touted as enhancing border security was so effective at weakening enforcement that the House pro-amnesty forces included it in the border security part of their amnesty bill.

Before 2013, McCaul had a much better track record of supporting enforcement that would reduce the labor competition from illegal foreign workers. But by 2013, he was tighter with top Republican leaders who have long been far more interested than rank-and-file members in protecting business lobbies' access to illegal foreign workers.

The then-House Speaker John Boehner had bowed to grassroots pressure in 2013 and kept the Senate's Gang of Eight amnesty and legal immigration expansion off the House floor. But in early 2014, he tried to begin a process to build support for another version of amnesty outlined as his "Principles on Immigration Reform." The Principles included a path to citizenship and voting rights for illegal immigrants.

After tremendous NumbersUSA grassroots opposition, that Boehner outline (which was widely considered to have been heavily influenced by Rep. Paul Ryan) was eventually abandoned. Only 19 House Republicans were willing to publicly state their support of Boehner's amnesty outline.

McCaul was one of those 19.

ROY BECK is Founder & President of NumbersUSA

Tags:  
border control
Interior Enforcement

Updated: Fri, Dec 2nd 2016 @ 11:34am EST

NumbersUSA's blogs are copyrighted and may be republished or reposted only if they are copied in their entirety, including this paragraph, and provide proper credit to NumbersUSA. NumbersUSA bears no responsibility for where our blogs may be republished or reposted. The views expressed in blogs do not necessarily reflect the official position of NumbersUSA.
1
Debra 9260 of MD's picture

I hope he does not choose Michael McCaul......do you think Trump will follow thru on his promise to follow the laws that we have already....."The immigration laws that we have are fine. This will take care of the vast majority of illegal immigrants who are in the country or who are crossing into the country now. There are five laws that Trump could enforce immediately. Number one is to deport illegal aliens. Number two is to complete the Secure Fence Act of 2006, which both Hillary and Obama voted for. Number three, enforce the laws that punish employers for hiring illegals. Number four, end sanctuary cities, and, number five, enforce the laws prohibiting welfare to illegal aliens. That's it, we have laws already." (Rush) Obama never enforced the laws. 

Show More
Show Less
2
Jm  2943 of CO's picture

You forgot a few things!  1. should be reverse all EO's which deal with immigration especially DACA / DAPA / OPT and everything else!

and Van or someone what would you think about a straightaway EO until Congress can pass something that clarifies birth right citizenship?  legal or as legal as what Obama has done? so bad idea or good idea?

NO amnesty.  NO work permits.  NO nothing but deportation.

Yeah for Trump.

3
Van 0864 of VA's picture

Yes we need to reverse the policies (they're not executive orders) and DACA and DAPA. And Trump does not need an executive order to do it. Not sure what legal authority President Trump could use as the basis for an Executive Order on birthright citizenship. Without that, it would be easy for the media to accuse him of being a tyrant. That will undermine the broader agenda. Congress needs to pass legislation.

4
Brian 0936 of MN's picture

Amen Deb.  I agree with everything you said.  The bottom line is, we have nearly all the laws we need, on the books, to completely take care of our immigration mess. Our countries problem has not been a lack of laws on immigration, our problem is we have had Globalist politicians in office for the past 50-75 years who are intent on destroying our country, and incorporating it into worldwide global system.  Don't ever believe anyone who says they are for "immigration reform", as that is nothing buy a byword for amnesty, and the destruction of American Sovereignty.  On Michael McCaul, he would be a DISASTER.  Chris Kobach is the only one who makes sense for the DHS (and possibly Arpio for ICE).  Is there anyway for Numbers USA to voice their concern with the Trump transition team in regards to Michael McCaul????

Show More
Show Less
6
Albert 3441 of PA's picture

The fact that Trump, who ran on a platform promising true immigration reform, would even consider scoundrels like this for cabinet-level positions, is very disturbing.

7
Philip 5927 of AZ's picture

This is a well-written article. I agree with you, Roy Beck.

I really don't want McCaul. He is never strong enough to combat illegal immigrant crime and Obama's soft stance on criminal illegal immigrant deportations. He is not that tough. He is evidently soft on illegal immigrants (i.e., he filed a weak bill banning sanctuary city.) The wrong pick of McCaul would be no joke!

I heard that Obama and Jeh Johnson prefer him as DHS chief because they know McCaul is weak. If McCaul is picked, he would be shoot full of holes (criticized) by many unhappy and angry border patrol agents. He will never be a great DHS chief some day.

However, I believe this rumor is circulating by news media you did hear, but I hope this rumor will never come true.

Show More
Show Less
8
Philip 5927 of AZ's picture

I want Kris Kobach because he has great strength of character. He is not afraid of every criminal illegal alien.

Kobach is the best, perfect and strong choice to head DHS for Trump because he has a clear and logical mind. He has much more experience in border security, airport security, port security and immigration enforcement. He is an author of SB 1070 immigration law for AZ. About 6 years ago, he and AZ Senator Russell Pearce worked together on the legislation. Then, AZ Gov. Jan Brewer signed it into the law.

Show More
Show Less
9
Jm  2943 of CO's picture

Those of you with twitter accounts; tweet to Trump!  Its important you do this and do this from all over the country.

#nomccaul #kobachfordhs #sessionsandkobach #whatateam

NO amnesty.  NO work permits.  NO nothing but deportation.

Yeah for Trump.

10
Mike 1111 of CO's picture

McCaul is not the right guy.

Just like Johnson is clearly the wrong guy.

I like Kris Kobach for DHS Secretary, too.

"Mr. Trump Goes To Washington"

The corruption in Washington DC is much worse than he realizes.

11
James 7427 of KS's picture

Does anyone have any idea why Trump would be seriously considering McCaul?  I have always been all to aware of the strong possibility that Trump was not serious about the immigration message that caused so many voters to flock to him, but picking Sessions as AG was a big put your money where your mouth is step.  Why would he pick Sessions as AG only to turn around and pick McCaul for DHS?

12
Zhenna 0227 of NM's picture

I supported Trump from the first speech in AZ because of his hard line on illegal immigration and because I didn't see any other candidate that was not tied to neocon or globalist NWO agendas.  But to be honest I started seeing red flags with Cory being replaced, picking Pence, endorsing Paul Ryan and John McCain, picking Priebus, giving a position to McConnell's wife, even considering for one minute Romney for anything, and now this.  One would hope Jeff Sessions would have more influence?  But I never forgot the warnings of so many who said Trump is a manipulator and will say anything and use anyone to get what he wants.  I will have no problem turning on Trump with a vengeance if he picks McCaul.  And now Trump is on this childish egotistical victory tour.  How much adulation does one person need?

The reality is and has always been that government is self-serving and parasitic.  The real change comes from organizations like NumbersUSA - always has, always will.  I hoped we had a real chance to get some help with Trump, we will see soon enough. 

Show More
Show Less
14
Robert 4907 of DE's picture

I believe that Michael McCaul is a damn RINO.  He MUST be stopped from becoming DHA chief.

Maybe tis link should be sent to him.

http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2016/11/30/hhs-diverts-funds-can...

It's no wonder we are in such sad shape, mostly due to illegal aliens.  They have to go if we are to survive.  If we don't get rid of them, we will soon be a third world country.  Is this what we want?

15
John 4110 of MI's picture

If we don't get a substantial improvement in enforcement and a reduction in immigration, Trump is not following through on one of his core promises. 

16
Karen 6880 of AZ's picture

Trump is disheartening a lot of supporters by even considering McCaul. His votes are very poor on enforcment of immigration laws.   It was bad enough that Trump  chose Reince Priebus and Romney.  Too many of these types will undermine Trump's own plans. Worries me.  Big Time.  

17
Jeff 2418 of PA's picture

Immigration reform means just one thing, ENFORCE THE LAWS WE ALREADY HAVE!!!! We don't need more laws or more studies or more pandering and catering. WE DON'T NEED TO BE GIVING LAWBREAKING FOREIGN NATIONAL ILLEGAL ALIENS LEGAL STATUS!!! ENFORCE THE LAWS!!! WE DON'T NEED TO CONTINUE BEING POLITICALLY CORECCT FOR THE BENEFIT OF LAWBREAKING FOREIGN NATIONAL ILLEGAL ALIENS!!! ENFORCE THE LAWS!!! WE DO NOT NEED MORE UNEDUCATED LAWBREAKING FOREIGN NATIONAL ILLEGAL ALIENS IN THIS COUNTRY!!! ENFORCE THE LAWS!!!

Some of these people have been in this country ILLEGALLY for years and even decades getting rich off the legal citizens of this country by not having to pay taxes and receiving benefits with no consequences. So why are we going to reward them even more? I can't just go to any other country without legal resources and demand they give me everything that legal citizens are entitled to. SO WHY ARE WE GOING TO DO IT HERE? These people are laughing at the buffoons in Washington knowing they are about to get even more from us.

WHY DO WE CONTINUE TO PANDER TO THESE PEOPLE? THEY REFUSE TO ASSIMILATE!!! THEY REFUSE TO OBEY OUR LAWS ( AS EVIDENT BY ENTERING THE COUNTRY ILLEGALLY!!! ) And yeah, I know they are just looking for a better life. BUT SO ARE MILLIONS OF LEGAL AMERICANS!!! So who should come first, the Legal citizens of this country or LAWBREAKING FOREIGN NATIONAL ILLEGAL ALIENS?

Show More
Show Less
19
Jeffrey 9532 of CO's picture

Just read on "The Hill" that Lindsey Graham and Dick Durban are crafting last minute legislation to grant legal status to Dreamers before Obama is out of office.  I'd be willing to cut Dreamers some slack but only if they couldn't sponsor family members and only if it is traded for mandatory country-wide E-Verify.    

Graham has to be stopped.

20
John 4110 of MI's picture

Other Chamber of Commerce snakes (my word) such as McCain, Flake and Ryan seem poised to hand Trump supporters a defeat after the win with the voters. 

21
Debra 9260 of MD's picture

Van

Have you heard anything about a Bill that Lindsey Graham is putting forth for Amnesty for the Dreamers, taking up Obama's executive order?  This could be a horrible bill, because if the Dreamers are getting Amnesty, will the parents and extended family get Amnesty?  Not happy with this bill.

22
Van 0864 of VA's picture

Yes and we expected him to do that at some point. Whether it's his bill or another, a measure like this will be part of the discussion. We'll just have to shut it down. And we can. But please know that we have a battle ahead of us next year. We'll have to fight hard for immigration-reduction measures and against open-borders measures

23
DavidT 3807 of TX's picture

I have been watching Rep. McCaul since he was elected. I have found that he is one of the best switcharoos in Washington. He has rolled over and allowed the Obama  administration to open the door of immigration wider than ever. If Mr. Trump selects Rep. McCaul for anything all who voted for him should hang their heads in shame.

24
Dustin 2480 of CA's picture

I along with most here and many in the country knew. We all knew when Donald Trump came out from the start strongly against ILLEGAL immigration he would be the nominee. Then he continued on with the issue as one of his main issues through out the campaign. He is really concerned about the issue and has talked about it since he was elected. This to me cemented the fact that he is not a typical politician.

The issue is a paramount peace of legislation on his agenda. It is a goal for him to get done and he doesn't like to fail. He is a producer, he is a maker, not a taker. So, I am confident that he will make the right choice. My take of things thus far is that congress and other parts of the "swamp" is what we all need to keep an eye on. We all need to keep the pressure on them to help President Trump implement his plans to Make America Great Again.

Build the Wall, double layered fencing in some areas, increased enforcement on the border and in the interior, unleash ICE, etc.       Get it Done, finally we have a very good chance at that.

Hope everyone has a good Christmas

Come the new year it will be time to keep the pressure on them all.

Show More
Show Less
25
Robert 1324 of TN's picture

If Trump keeps his promise as we believe he will he would never put someone like H. mccaull in any position of authority who is PRO ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION.He should not be given anything with authority.

26
Kathryn 2022 of TX's picture

Don't assume he is picking these people for he might just be picking their brains instead for information.  Why does this person oppose this immigration structure to follow the law?

28
Kathryn 2022 of TX's picture

This would be a very bad pick for he does NOTHING that he states he will do.  Mike needs to go home and retire.  I am sick of these Career Politicians and he talks a good game but his actions are lacking!