The ascension of Rep. Dave Brat (R-VA) was seen as one of the biggest victories of the tea party era. With zero name recognition and little money, Brat defeated establishment favorite Rep. Eric Cantor largely on the immigration issue. A little over three years later, Brat is already caving on amnesty.
Brat is working alongside the Chairman of the Homeland Security Committee Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX) to devise a plan that would keep DACA in place and provide anmesty for hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants. Brat and McCaul believe that eliminating the diversity visa lottery, enacting a mandatory e-verify program, and banning chain migration would make amnesty worthwhile.
“The numbers from those three pieces I just mentioned clearly outweigh the DACA — by a lot,” Brat said. “And so you’re just saying, ‘OK, we can deal with 700,000 here [in DACA] because we’re getting a reduction in millions here.’”
McCaul was more tight-lipped about the progress of the proposed deal, only stating that he has “been sworn to secrecy.” This is not a strong indicator the process that is out in the open and on the level. During the Obama administration, Brat was signing a different tune regarding DACA and amnesty for illegals.
“Immigrants come to the United States precisely because we have the rule of law while so many of their home countries do not. Today, Mr. Obama stands ready to violate that very rule of law and force his unpopular agenda on the American people while bypassing their elected representatives,” Brat said in a 2014 press release against Obama’s amnesty policies.
Brat talked tough when Obama was President, but has flip-flopped now that a Republican is in office. If amnesty is put into place, it will likely have Brat’s fingerprints all over it, and he will officially be another GOP legislator who betrayed the promises made to his constituents on the campaign trail.