On Wednesday, syndicated radio talk-show host Mark Levin slammed House Speaker John Boehner for engaging in “playacting” with regards to immigration and national security.
“This is actually not about the issue of immigration. This is about the president acting lawlessly,” Boehner said at a press conference Tuesday on Capitol Hill. “Listen, our goal here is to fund the Department of Homeland Security.” This clearly did not sit well with Levin the following day:
“Don’t buy all this phony talk of, ‘Oh, we’re gonna take on Obama, because what he’s doing is unconstitutional, this unconstitutional amnesty.’ This is round one. This is playacting.”
Levin stressed again, “This is playacting.”
“Because Boehner out of the other side of his mouth said that they’re going to fund the Department of Homeland Security. Would you fund it in a clean bill? ‘Oh sure!’ What that means is fund it lock stock and barrel.
“Problem is the various elements of our immigration enforcement and immigration generally is in that department. Used to be in the Justice Department but now it’s there. Boehner has no intention of ‘shutting down the government’ over this. None.”
“He has no intention of playing out the power of the purse over Article I – Congress’s power to the end. None,” Levin continued. “And Obama knows it.”
The syndicated talk show host also asserted “passing a bill to secure the border” does not necessarily secure the border, referencing a National Review article published by Peter Kirsanow on Wednesday.
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Kirsanow writes, “The Secure Fence Act of 2006 mandated the construction of 670 miles of double-layered fencing along the 1,930-mile border with Mexico.”
The Department of Homeland Security claims that 352 miles of pedestrian fencing has been erected. But Representative Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., notes that only 40 miles of that is double-layered, as required.
Levin said, “Gee, I would think this is a perfect stimulus program for our infrastructure. Wouldn’t you?”
h/t: The Right Scoop