I have to hand it to the N&O, it’s had some stories recently that made me sit up at the breakfast table and say, “What the …?”
Like this one about Sen. Thom Tillis, who is considered a Republican. The paper reported:
Tillis … placed a hold on Lee Francis Cissna’s nomination to be director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services – a department within Homeland Security whose 19,000 employees and contractors deals with naturalization, green cards, visas for temporary workers and the e-verify program that checks job applicants for legal residency in the country.
Senate custom allows a single senator to block legislation or presidential nominations through the use of a hold. … Tillis took the action to pressure Homeland Security to speed up a decision on making available more H-2B visas – a program that allows American businesses to hire seasonal foreign workers for non-agricultural jobs.
Golly gee. I remember Tillis’ run for the Senate and I don’t recall one of his main talking points being: “I’m going to bring more immigrants here to get jobs.” That would be fun to see at his next race, though, wouldn’t it?
I do remember Donald Trump campaigning in North Carolina, and my recollection is that he was less enthusiastic about immigrants taking American jobs. I also recollect he won NC and the election.
Also, I was happy to be reminded about the awesome power of senators to block anything they want.
Conservatives are rightly unhappy that one (or a few) federal judges can block elected legislatures, Congress or the president from executing their duties.
I forgot we had an oligarchy — rule by a few powerful people, such as judges, bureaucrats, and in this instance one senator.