Activist group Common Cause, viewed by conservatives as Leftist, has filed a de facto lawsuit on behalf of Mexican natives and some Democrats in Congress against the American people, guised as “asking the U.S. District Court in Washington to declare that the Senate’s filibuster rule is unconstitutional and violates the core American principle of majority rule.”
Vice president Joe Biden, who is also president of the U.S. Senate, and others associated with the Senate are named as defendants. The U.S. taxpayer will bear the cost of any legal fees associated with defense.
Plaintiffs want a federal DREAM Act passed.
The Washington Times explained:
“Illegal immigrant students and members of the House sued the Senate this week to try to overturn the upper chamber’s filibuster rule, arguing that the 60-vote supermajority requirement violates the Constitution and is blocking important legislation such as legalization for illegal immigrants.”
A news release at Common Cause states the students who are part of the lawsuit were brought to the U.S. as children by their parents. The students have earned college degrees, said CC. No year is given for their entry into the U.S., but many immigrants became legal citizens or residents after the 1986 Immigration Reform and Control Act passed. The act was written primarily by Democrats.
The Center for Immigration Studies noted that former Florida Att. Gen. Bill McCollum (R) was serving in the House when the bill passed. McCollum, said CIS, warned that “amnesty would ‘send a signal’ that ‘we’ve done it once, so we would probably do it again.'” McCollum's prediction, of course, was accurate.
The primary architect of the amnesty bill was Sen. Chuck Schumer (N.Y.) who was serving in the U.S. House of Representatives at the time.
The U.S. government never provided a full accounting of the costs of the bill. CIS said one study found that 25 percent of the amnesty applicants were granted approval via outright fraud.
Schumer and other supporters of the 1986 bill told Americans the border would be secured.
It’s hard to fathom how someone could break the law to enter a country, conceivably collect entitlements provided by U.S. taxpayers and enjoy a free education and medical care for their children and live here for many years, yet be unwilling to attempt to establish themselves in the country legally. Furthermore, the DREAM Act is not a federal issue; it is a state issue, at least as far as college tuition goes.
As for the filibuster, Democrats actually helped make the practice famous. Sen. Strom Thurmond (S.C.), a Democrat until he changed parties in 1964, and Sen. Huey Long (D-La.) were known for lengthy filibusters, and the late Sen. Robert Byrd (D-W.Va.,) who once belonged to the Klan, also engaged in filibuster when it suited his purposes such as opposing civil rights.
U.S. News and World Report said in January, 2011:
“’According to CRS (the Congressional Research Service), the majority [Democrats] has done this nearly three times more, on average, than the previous six majorities. In fact, the current majority in its two Congresses in power has moved to end debate on measures a total of 29 times prior to any amendments even being voted on. The previous majority did this less than half as often--only 12 times in the preceding two Congresses,’ the RPC [Republican Policy Committee] says.”
Democrats gained full control of the U.S. Senate and House in Nov., 2006, with control over the White House in Nov., 2008. That control lasted until Republicans regained the House in Nov., 2010. Democrats did not pass a DREAM Act or an amnesty act when they could have easily done so.
Will the lawsuit spur activist groups to respond with a countersuit or a suit against federal agencies and members of Congress who neglected to secure the border as promised? After all, a contract made publicly with the American people was deliberately broken.
At the least, it would be useful for Americans to know what the Amnesty of 1986 cost.
Ironically, those who are being sued may not mount a very vigorous argument against the lawsuit. Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) called for filibuster reform on May 11. The Common Cause lawsuit came days later. In addition to that, the U.S. Dept. of Justice has filed lawsuits against states attempting to maintain law and order, with Att. Gen. Holder siding with Mexico against those U.S. states.
Common Cause made one misstep─the concept of "majority rule." The United States is a Republic.
Ed. Note on Video:
When Democrats were in the minority, they spoke passionately about the filibuster for obvious reasons. This video produced by the National Republican Senatorial Committee reflects the hypocrisy of some like Harry Reid who are only against the filibuster when it impedes the Democrats’ purely political agenda. [Video NRSC]
Chuck Schumer owes Arizona and the nation an apology (The US Report)
Common Cause (Backgrounder at Discover the Networks)
History of the Filibuster (The U.S. Senate)
Soros-funded liberal group Common Cause (The American Spectator)
Left-wing activists cited as ‘independent watchdogs’ in new Obama ad (The Daily Caller)
(Analysis by Kay B. Day/May 15, 2012)