By Ken Small
Special to the Las Vegas Tribune
Since Congress is out of session, Joe Heck is back in town. The members of the NRMC enjoyed the fruits of their choice to invite Congressmen Heck to be their speaker. Heck, a very good public speaker, reported to the attendees the recent occurrences in Washington, DC.
Heck referred to the current immigration problem as a result of “spotty enforcement of the law,” presumably by the Obama administration. He reported that the Senate tried to pass an immigration bill and couldn’t.
Just because the Senate didn’t do its job doesn’t mean that the Congress shouldn’t try to do its job. So the House of Representatives worked on agreeing to its own bill. Among the provisions of the bill, which was widely panned by the liberal media, were provisions to eliminate the loophole that gave special treatment to some kids over others and changed the law to treat all of them equally. This would mean that kids coming in from South America would be given a hearing within 14 days and be available to the deportation process, if so decided in the hearing, directly after that.
Although Heck did not go into the ramifications of this, it obviously puts a stop to Obama directing that kids be bussed throughout the US and essentially set up as long term residents regardless of any reasonable immigration hearing process. It also takes away Obama arguments that Republicans have no solution for the problem because now a bill has been passed that would be a big step in the solution.
An intention of Congress enacting such a bill was to send a signal to the countries who are sending the illegal immigrants here that there is no “free pass” for minors.
Heck also informed the audience that the Obama administration has been preventing immigration enforcement staff from going onto federal lands except on foot. The excuse of endangered species has been used to make it necessary to go on foot only. Making the common sense exception for immigration enforcement to use vehicles in these areas was also included in the bill.
Heck also reported that there was another bill after the one just mentioned. He said that he did not vote for that bill because it dropped the “Dreamers” who Obama previously accepted here. Although the way in which Obama allowed the Dreamers in was not right, Heck felt that dropping the Dreamers was an injustice to those people also.
Regarding other matters, Joe said that the US is losing its ability to influence the outcomes of international situations and have an impact due to a failure of leadership. Putin can’t be trusted with regard to Ukraine. He spoke of the glacial pace at which change is effected in Washington and that he is involved in DOD (the Department of Defense) changing its procurement procedures for the better.
After his prepared remarks Dr. Heck took many questions and stayed after the meeting to speak with people individually. Although there seemed to be a slight hesitation in supporting his stance on the Dreamers (from some of the audience), Joe was received with a standing ovation and was well supported from the audience.
Heck is running for reelection and would appreciate anyone volunteering. His campaign office is at 8872 S. Eastern Ave. (Suite 220). The number is (702) 387-4941.