Property Rights and Liberty Defenders, You Need to Watch What TEA is Brewing in The House of Representatives

By Alex Gonzalez

If you are a fiscal conservative, libertarian conservative or constitutional conservative, you should be alarmed by what happened on Tuesday in the House of Representative. In the same day, the House passed a law to extend protection to the “unborn” and the House Judiciary Committee tabled and passed a bill that will limit the Civil Liberties of hardworking people–already born and working in the U.S.–by extending the police powers to the state and local governments to detain and jail people. But The Strengthen and Fortify Enforcement Act (SAFE Act)  also takes away your property rights if you if you live within 100 miles of the border.  Sadly, part of this big government expansion is to appease the radio-talk hosts like Mark Levin and Glen Beck, and Tea Party groups that have made the Immigration Bill S.744 and Republicans who support it the target of their zealous “amnesty” claims.  

On Tuesday, the House Judiciary Committee began its review of the The SAFE ct (H.R. 2278 (SAFE Act), House measure — filed by U.S. Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C. and co-sponsored by U.S. Reps. Lamar Smith, R-San Antonio, and Ted Poe, both from Texas. This bill directly opposes an immigration reform package by the bipartisan group of senators known as the Gang of Eight. And if it sounds familiar is because the bill is a duplicate of Sensenbrenner’s punitive Bill of 2005.  If passed, this bill would designate all undocumented immigrants as criminals for the first time and would allow states to enforce their own immigration laws as well as federal laws.

Some Republicans, including Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), the Chairman of the Committee, argued that the SAFE Act is needed to provide stronger internal enforcement of immigration laws the bill would also require the prolonged detention of some nonviolent immigrants for the full duration of the deportation cases and without judicial review of their detention.  

Furthermore, and this is why  every Texan living within 100 miles of the border needs to be worried:

the bill prohibits the Departments of Interior and Agriculture from preventing Border Patrol Agents access to federal lands within 100 miles of the border…It also prohibits the interference of Border Patrol activities, such as construction and maintenance of roads and barriers, use of patrol vehicles, and deployment of tactical infrastructure.

If you speculate that this is an appeasement bill, you are right.  This measure is clearly designed to appeal the Tea Party activists because under the leadership of chairman Goodlatte The House Judiciary Committee two week ago approved a legislation by voice vote that prohibits state and local governments that receive federal economic development funds from using eminent domain to transfer private property from one private owner to another for the purpose of economic development, the Private Property Rights Protection Act (H.R. 1944). but the SAFE Act does the opposite. If you are Texan or California living within 100 miles of the border, your property rights can be infringed upon when the federal government and CBP deems it necessity. And these are the same type of intrusive legislation  Sen. Cruz has proposed.  

Not only SAFE Act bill most likely be declared unconstitutional, but it will cost the government billions in payments to detection facilities if implemented.

Also, the Republican-led House voted Tuesday to impose the strictest new limits on abortion in a decade, the bill, which would ban abortion after a fetus is 20 weeks old, returns the spotlight to an issue that bedeviled the GOP in the 2012 elections, when some Republicans’ comments about abortions resulting from rape cost the party support among women. But as the WSJ argues:

Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decisions established that states can’t ban abortions carried out before a fetus is able to survive outside the womb, which generally is considered to occur between 22 weeks and 24 weeks after fertilization.

So not only the House spent a day voting on an issue that has little change of be taken by the Senate,  but this bill also imposes mandates on states that can be challenged in the Supreme Court.

Conversely,  on Tuesday also, the same day that that the abortion and “Enforcement”  bills passed, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO)  came out with report forecasting that the immigration legislation S.744 by the “gang of eight” would save $175 billion over a decade by prompting a labor-force expansion that boosts U.S. income- and payroll-tax collections, said the CBO, the nonpartisan agency that advises Congress on budget and economic matters. In the following decade, the legislation would decrease federal budget deficits by as much as $670 billion, the CBO said.

According to CBO Report, the legislation would provide a boost to the economy, the CBO said. It estimated the nation’s inflation-adjusted gross domestic product would be 3.3% higher in 2023 and 5.4% higher in 2033 than it would be without the immigration overhaul.

Tea Parties and radio-talk hosts know the Senate bill will pass, so now they are assailing any Republicans like Paul Ryan, Raul Labrador and Speaker Boehner in the House who have showed signs of support for S.744; they want to derail any efforts in the House by preventing it from reaching the Floor. As a result, what is coming out of the House is bill creating by layers of federal and state police powers to appease these groups, which can also violate constitutional Property and Civil Liberties.

Thus this “Interior Enforcement Bill” is  irrelevant to a fiscal conservative objective that Republicans need to promote growth.

This “Enforcement” bill is aimed at appeasing ultra conservatives Like Rep. Steve King of Iowa and the Tea Party groups–backed by the Heritage Foundation–only want to increase the size of  government with punitive laws that have no real plan to come up the money to implement such measures.  This bill in the House is also the apposite of  of the the GOP really wants to do to woo Latino voters.  

Earlier this year, the Republican National Committee released a 100-page report detailing how the GOP needed to retrofit its agenda and soften its tone to attract more Hispanics, the very people the GOP desperately needs to bring back under its tent. Because regaining popularity among Hispanic voters is the party’s biggest priority heading into 2016. The SAFE Act will be perceived as anti-Hispanic bill.

This should be the time when Libertarians at Texas Public Policy Foundation should be sounding the sirens alarms telling Texans that the rights of Americans are being systematically eroded. 

Original cosponsors of the SAFE Act include Reps. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), Lamar Smith (R-Texas), Randy Forbes (R-Va.), Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), Rob Bishop (R-Utah), Howard Coble (R-N.C.), Ted Poe (R-Texas), Lynn Westmoreland (R-Ga.), Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wisc.), Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), Doug Collins (R-Ga.), Rob Woodall (R-Ga.), Mick Mulvaney (R-S.C.), Trent Franks (R-Ariz.), Steve Pearce (R-N.M.), and Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.)

Alex Gonzalez  is a political Analyst and Political Director for Latinos Ready To Vote!  He received a Bachelors Degree and a Masters’ Degree, with emphasis in American politics,  from San Francisco State University.
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