Before getting to the source of this observation, I should point out that it wasn’t uttered by a Republican, but it was a prediction blamed on Republicans, and more specifically the majority in Congress.
The speaker was Rep. Jared Polis (D.-Colo.), and the comment was part of a statement he made yesterday on the floor of the House in which he praised Barack Obama’s unilateral amnesty via executive action and condemned Congress for its “failure … to finally fix our broken immigration system,” as though doing that were as simple as changing a light bulb.
In fairness to Polis, he acknowledged the importance of “securing our border,” but he also incredibly accused the GOP leadership of attempting to “thwart the executive branch, doing what they can with the powers they have under our U.S. Constitution to restore the rule of law without the help of this body.” Someone get this man to a high school classroom and inject him with 300cc of civics, stat!
The statement in its entirety appears in the Congressional Record. Here are the relevant portions:
We should be celebrating today the start of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals expansion and the Deferred Action for Parents of American Citizens program that President Obama launched in light of the continued failure of this Congress to finally fix our broken immigration system. This Congress hasn’t brought forth a single immigration bill, not secured our border, not ensured that employers follow our law and only employ legal American workers; but, rather, at every opportunity, it has sought to thwart the executive branch, doing what they can with the powers they have under our U.S. Constitution to restore the rule of law without the help of this body. These three bills before us today are yet another way of kicking the ball down the road and refusing to address our broken immigration system, a problem that will continue to get worse until Congress steps up and solves it.
I hope that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program’s expansion, known as DACA — already a great success with additional success along the way with the new expansion — and the Deferred Action for Parents of American Citizens program, or DAPA, are soon unclogged by the courts to at least reduce the size of this sometimes insurmountable problem that Congress continues to refuse to tackle. That is the alternative.
If Congress continues to bring up three bills every week and if none of them are about border security and none of them are about immigration, do you know what? Instead of there being 10 million people here illegally, there are going to be 15 or 20 million here 10 years. That is exactly where this Republican Congress is leading us — towards an America where, someday, there might be more people here illegally than there are here legally.