DC swamp fawns over ‘Deal-maker’ Tilli$$$

I can’t believe we have to wait three more years to deal with this guy: 

As Donald Trump was pressing his hard-line immigration platform en route to the GOP nomination last year, Republican Sen. Thom Tillis decided to go in a different direction entirely.

Tillis, a reliable Republican on most issues, approached the No. 2 Senate Democrat, Dick Durbin of Illinois, to discuss the fate of hundreds of thousands of “Dreamers.” […]

Yeah, Dick Durbin.  The guy who compared our troops to the Nazis, Soviets, and Pol Pot.  *A real reasonable mainstream kind of guy.*


[..] Sooner or later, Tillis thought, they would be at risk — a view that’s come to life after Trump announced last month that nearly 700,000 young immigrants would begin losing legal protections early next year unless Capitol Hill intervenes.

The freshman senator from North Carolina is now making his biggest immigration play yet, unveiling a plan to provide permanent relief to the undocumented immigrants who came here as minors.[…] 

Once again, HOW is this any different from what Kay Hagan would have done if she had been given six more years in DC?


[…] If a deal can be done to win over the warring parties and a president who has swung back and forth on the issue, it might start with Tillis, who has methodically carved out a profile as a pro-immigration Republican at a time when the GOP has swerved sharply to the right.

“Not all of the usual suspects have come out on the right opposing the bill because they’ve actually taken the time to read it,” Tillis recently told POLITICO in an interview in his office. And “when you sit down and you talk with left-of-center, reasonable Democrats … then we have people that are having a difficult time opposing it.”

With two other Senate Republicans, Tillis released a bill last month that would create a pathway to citizenship for Dreamers, albeit with more stringent requirements and tougher restrictions than the Dream Act pushed by Durbin and other Democrats.

Liberals bashed it as overly harsh. Immigration hard-liners dismissed it as amnesty, with just a slightly conservative bent. It’s yet to pick up more co-sponsors beyond the original trio: Tillis and Sens. James Lankford of Oklahoma and Orrin Hatch of Utah.[…] 

Now, here comes of some of the love from the swamp:

Even in Trump’s Washington, Tillis has emerged as a classic pro-business Republican when it comes to immigration: He believes more workers from abroad help the economy and that there are jobs Americans simply won’t do. He is open to a pathway to citizenship for the broader population of 11 million undocumented immigrants, but under conditions far more arduous than what he has outlined for Dreamers.

Most of Tillis’ early immigration battles in the Senate centered on protecting temporary visas for seafood workers critical to North Carolina’s economy. He partnered with Democrats — first with former Sen. Barbara Mikulski of Maryland (who good-naturedly nicknamed Tillis “Catfish”) and, more recently, Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia — to bolster the H-2B visa program, which cover immigrants who come to the United States to work as landscapers, ski instructors and housekeepers.

And while it’s mostly been Democrats who’ve held up Trump nominees, Tillis blocked Lee Francis Cissna from winning confirmation as director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services until the administration sped up a review of the H-2B visa program. Cissna was eventually confirmed last week.

“He’s been a new player,” Ali Noorani, executive director of the pro-reform National Immigration Forum, said of Tillis. “Not just a new player, but on an issue where we’ve been frankly starving for new talent.”

A NOW a word from the sensible caucus:

But Tillis’ efforts at recruiting more foreign workers into the United States and now drafting Dreamer-focused legislation has earned him few fans from the restrictionist immigration groups who are gaining new influence in Washington.

“Tillis has made himself the ninth member of the Gang of Eight,” said Mark Krikorian, executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies, referring to senators who negotiated a comprehensive immigration bill in 2013. “He is trying to make himself a player, but it’s really just putting a Republican gloss on a Democratic policy.”

Roy Beck, president of Numbers USA, added: “His attitude seems to be, immigration does not have any effect on workers.”

“I think he’s playing with fire with his kind of cavalier attitude,” Beck said.


And here comes the spin. (Duck!)

It was during his tenure as speaker of the North Carolina House of Representatives that Tillis said he realized “we had to get right on immigration reform,” particularly as he met with employers around the state who told him they were struggling to hire even as the unemployment rate held steady.

“This myth that, you know, American workers were flocking to certain jobs are just that: a myth,” contends Tillis.

In North Carolina, Tillis also helped implement a mandatory E-Verify system — a workplace program that checks whether an employee can legally work in the United States. He now notes that mandatory E-Verify, a top policy priority of conservatives, has left some businesses in the state unable to fill vacant jobs.

He helped weaken E-Verify.  Weaken it.  Very important distinction there. MORE: 

[…] He also tried to shepherd through a bill that would give driver’s licenses to undocumented immigrants if they went through background checks, were fingerprinted, paid a hefty annual fee and showed proof of prepaid car insurance. That legislation prompted his opponents to deride Tillis as an “amnesty speaker.”

“You just got to talk to these people like adults and expect that 10 or 15 percent of them are unreasonable,” Tillis said. “I’m not going to waste any time trying to win them over.”[…]

So sayeth ”Mr. 48 percent.” (See you at the primary, big fella.) 

17 thoughts on “DC swamp fawns over ‘Deal-maker’ Tilli$$$

  1. Neville Chamberlaine was once promoted as a dealmaker, too. Tillis is a surrender monkey, not a dealmaker. He is the Nevilla Chamberlaine of our time, surrendering to the illegal alien invaders and to Mexico..

    Tillis’ bill is worse than DACA because it gives away the store much more than even Obama’s DACA. This is DACA amnesty on steroids. No conservative should EVER vote for any politician who votes for Tillis’ leftwing amnesty bill. If the choice is an amnesty Republican and a liberal Democrat, there are no good options, so just leave the line blank on you ballot.

    Tillis’ move to give a pathway to citizenship to illegal aliens can never be forgotten or forgiven. It is completely unacceptable.

    As to the leftwing “Politico” rag saying Tillis is a “reliable Republican” on other things, this is just fake news from a lefty rag known fcr fake news. A Senator whose voting record is regularly below 40% on the Conservative Review rating is NOT by any reasonable definition a “reliable Republican”.. On the contrary, he is a fake Republican.

    DOWN, DOWN, DOWN with Thom Tillis. This backstabbing traitor is worse than Kay Hagan.

  2. Career politicians are cancer masquerading as the cure…….exorcise with prejudice

    “The main thing that every political campaign in the United States demonstrates is that the politicians of all parties, despite their superficial enmities, are really members of one great brotherhood. Their principal, and indeed their sole, object is to collar public office, with all the privileges and profits that go therewith. They achieve this collaring by buying votes with other people’s money. No professional politician is ever actually in favor of public economy. It is his implacable enemy, and he knows it. All professional politicians are dedicated wholeheartedly to waste and corruption. They are the enemies of every decent man.” —H. L. Mencken 9/12/1880-1/29/1956

      1. WHAT took him sooo long. Everyone has been waiting for beneficial adjustments to the Affordable Care Act for years. He waits 9 months to do something simple like this for the American people?

  3. If Tom ‘The Terrible’ Tillis is considered a good Republican then I no longer want to be one #ConservativeBeforeRepublican

    1. Indeed. Join the thousands in NC who’ve come to the same conclusion. Take five minutes and re-register to vote as an Unaffiliated voter.

      1. That may make you feel good, but it is not solving the problem. It is burying your head in the sand.. The Unaffiliateds do not have a structure to recruit and support candidates. When conservatives crap out and register Unaffiliated, they are surrendering the election playing field to the RINOs and Democrats.

        1. Did you sleep through the campaign of 2016? People … in effect ‘unaffiliating’ themselves … rejecting the parties in favor of individual candidates, most often from outside the professional legislator types. It continues today, most recently in Alabama. Until we can form a viable third party … its base formed of both former Dems and Republicans who can no longer live a lie or be betrayed any longer … operating as unaffiliated is the only course of action that makes any sense. Defund the GOP and make them stress about your vote. Increasingly, smart Tar Heels are doing exactly that.

  4. At some point, this amnesty-cum-cheap labor motive becomes human trafficking. Tillis, funded by his Chamber of Commerce puppeteers, is the face of the effort to legitimize human trafficking. Hang that dubious distinction around his neck for the next three years.

  5. What a bunch of crap.

    Senator Tillis, here is how it works. Reduce the welfare rolls and we will have plenty of labor. One has to be really dumb not to understand this.

    Tillis efforts support welfare, he is a surrender monkey.

  6. I want – and we need – every one of Trump’s 70-point immigration plan passed into law… and implemented!

    Also, do you now see why many of us have been touting a repeal of the 17th amendment, so the state legislature could yank a RINO boob like Thilli$$$ from office over a weekend, and replace him with a true conservative?

  7. What the Tillis bill really amounts to is a racist special preference for Hispanics. Most of the ”Dreamers” are Hispanic rather than other races. Look at the rallies of ”Dreamers”. Do you see any African blacks, Eastern European whites, or Asians? Part of that may be that other races are more prone to respect law, but it also may be that Hispanics can walk here and the others cannot. Whatever the reason, the impact of Tillis’ bill is highly racist – a racial special preference for Hispanics over potential immigrants of other races.

    As the GOP platform points out, those who break the law should not get a preference over those who apply properly, are not accepted due to no availible slots, and then obey the law by staying in their own countries.

    Tillis is a racist and what he is doing is reprehensible. He is also attacking the rule of law. Those who break the law should not get preference over those who obey the law.

    Tillis is a pathetic excuse for a Senator. Can we have Kay Hagan back? She was as bad as Tillis, but it is more infuriating when a nominal Republican does these things. It is better to be stabbed in the front by a Democrat than stabbed in the back by a fake Republican.

  8. Maybe TIllis should take a hint from yesterday’s election in Austria. The party with the most open border policy, the Green Party, lost every one of its seats in Parliament, while the two parties that took very hard line anti-immigration positions, the Peoples Party and the Freedom Party, together won 58.6% of the vote. Immigration was the main issue driving the election, just as it was in the recent Italian local elections, where the open borders center-left got clobbered by a coalition of the anti-immigration right and the traditional right. Illegal immigration was such a powerful issue that even Genoa, which had been firmly under leftist control for half a century flipped to the right.

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