WASHINGTON, DC – House Democrats blocked an amendment put forth by Republicans to mandate vaccines for immigrants trying to remain inside the United States, while tens of millions of Americans must comply with President Biden’s mandate.
Democrats Reject Plan to Mandate Coronavirus Vaccines for Immigrants https://t.co/qfjYBS7O07
— Ullie (@ullionweb) September 17, 2021
During a hearing Tuesday scheduled for the Democrats’ 3.5 trillion budget reconciliation, Rep. Darrel Issa (R-CA) proposed an amendment to the package that would require vaccines for foreign nationals in the U.S. who are seeking to adjust their immigration status to remain in the U.S.
The amendment was voted down by a party-line vote. Every Democratic member of the House Judiciary Committee voted against the amendment. Every Republican member voted for the bill.
Rep. Issa said the Democratic “hypocrisy” must end:
“The American people are more than aware that President Biden is mandating vaccines for Americans while exempting those illegally flooding our borders and being released into our communities without notice.
“And they want the hypocrisy to end.”
Why NOT requiring vaccines for those coming over the boarder? #novavax Over 1.2 million non vaxed immigrants came over the border thus far & were moved throughout the country #superspreader watch follow up question w WH saying NO #VaccineMandate is correct #Covid_19 #COVID19 pic.twitter.com/fdKcF6Fsnb
— Mountain View (@Mountain_Views) September 17, 2021
The refusal to mandate vaccines for immigrants comes at a time when the Biden administration is issuing vaccine mandates on the American people.
Last week, President Biden ordered sweeping new federal vaccine requirements for as many as 100 million Americans, including private sector workers, health care workers, and federal contractors.
The President also criticized Americans who have not yet vaccinated:
“We’ve been patient. But our patience is wearing thin, and your refusal has cost all of us. The unvaccinated minority “can cause a lot of damage, and they are.”
Many Republicans and union leaders have said the President’s vaccine requirements amount to government overreach. Gov. Henry McMaster of South Carolina said in a statement:
“Biden and the radical Democrats (have) thumbed their noses at the Constitution.”
— Kenna (@K_R_Hamblin) September 17, 2021
American Federation of Government Employees National President Everett Kelley criticized the unilateral approach the President is taking:
“Changes like this should be negotiated with our bargaining units where appropriate.”
The President ordered that all private employers with more than 100 workers must either vaccinate all employees or require weekly virus tests. The order effectively mandates vaccines for about 80 million Americans.
Additionally, about 17 million Americans who work in the healthcare field must be fully vaccinated if the facility receives federal Medicare or Medicaid funds.
Several million more Americans who are employees of the Executive Branch of the federal government and contractors for the federal government must get vaccinated. These employees are not given the option of weekly testing.
House Democrats REJECTED a plan to mandate the vaccine for immigrants. pic.twitter.com/xFNjNN0Yh6
— TE᙭ᗩᔕ ᖇEᗪ ᑭIᒪᒪ (@RedPillLaredo) September 17, 2021
Yet the President refuses to require vaccinations for immigrants at a time when there is a surge crisis at the southern border and a massive airlift of Afghans escaping the Taliban evacuated by American forces following the Taliban’s return to power in Afghanistan.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) has demanded that the Biden administration supply him with personal information on undocumented migrants being relocated by the federal government in Florida, many of whom have not been completely vetted or tested for COVID-19.
Gov. Santos wants the names, addresses and the number of people who tested positive for Covid-19 or refused the vaccine.
Based on a recent Kaiser Family Foundation survey, only about 25 % of “potentially undocumented” immigrants in the United States received their vaccine.
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Rep. Mast urges Americans ‘do not comply!’, says ‘ignore Biden’s illegal mandates like he ignores our immigration laws’
September 15, 2021
WASHINGTON, DC- Last week, the current occupant of the White House, Joe Biden issued what is likely an unconstitutional dictate whereby he said he would direct the Department of Labor to force any business with 100 or more employees to coerce those employees into getting vaccinated against COVID or be tested weekly.
Remember, this is the guy who said he would “bring the country together.” Since January 20, he has done exactly the opposite.
The messages emanating from Biden and the White House which are supposed to be “based on science” are anything but. For example, his latest dictate, which also includes all healthcare workers, federal workers and workers who contract with the federal government includes one big unscientific exception—US postal workers.
Is there something in postage stamps which makes postal workers immune from COVID? No, however postal workers are the ones who are expected to deliver mail-in ballots nationwide, and Biden has likely received internal polling which says the postal union is not down with the forced mandate.
In other words, Biden is trying to pigeon-hole some 100 million Americans as being “unpatriotic” and pitting the vaccinated against the unvaccinated. This sends a convoluted message because one would think that if you were vaccinated, you have nothing to worry about from unvaccinated people. Yet here we are.
He’s also threatening to take the livelihood away from many of those 100 million people, who are actually working and not living off the government teat.
Shortly after Biden’s angry old man, “get off my lawn” type of speech, Rep. Brian Mast (R-FL) advised Americans to “ignore Biden’s illegal mandates like he ignores our immigration laws.” Touché!
In a tweet, Rep. Mast said:
“Ignore Biden’s illegal mandates like he ignores our immigration laws. Keep your money and exercise your freedom. Do not pay fines, do not pay for tyranny!”
Ignore Biden’s illegal mandates like he ignores our immigration laws.
Keep your money and exercise your freedom. Do not pay fines, do not pay for tyranny!
— Rep. Brian Mast (@RepBrianMast) September 10, 2021
Mast wasn’t the only one to slam Biden’s dictatorial and likely illegal mandate.
Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) blasted Biden:
“From ignoring property rights, to shirking his duty at the border, and now, coercing private citizens to undergo a medical procedure, Joe Biden has shown a wanton disregard for the U.S. Constitution. As a would-be autocrat, Biden endangers the very fibers of this great nation. Freedom and agency are the hallmarks of the American experiment,” Lee said in a tweet.
— Mike Lee (@SenMikeLee) September 9, 2021
Utah’s attorney general, Sean Reyes said his office is looking at the regulations and “will fight any unconstitutional limitation of individual liberties and privacy.” He also noted that the state has taken a “responsible” approach to the pandemic and such an “autocratic” mandate from the White House is unnecessary.
“Regardless of where you stand on vaccinations overall, the federal government should not be able to mandate such a personal medical decision to employers and individuals,” Reyes said in a statement.
Biden’s dictate is an unprecedented interference in private businesses by an overreaching government. Under the proposed OSHA mandate, any businesses which do not comply will be fined up to $14,000 per violation, according to the Wall Street Journal. In addition, the directive is expected to force businesses to provide workers time off to get vaccinated and/or to recover from any side effects of the jab.
It is mixed messages coming from Biden, the CDC and other administration officials that is causing so-called “vaccine hesitancy” and this latest unhinged dictate from the cognitively declined Biden is not expected to help overcome that.
Here’s an example of a convoluted tweet from Kamala Harris:
By vaccinating the unvaccinated, increasing our testing and masking, and protecting the vaccinated, we can end this pandemic. That’s exactly what we are committed to doing.
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) September 12, 2021
Rep. Chris Stewart (R-UT) agrees with the assessment of mixed messages:
“Sadly, his [Biden’s} arrogant and heavy-handed approach is likely to make more and more people resist the vaccine,” he said.
Steward also said that the vaccine issue is much more complex than Biden is apparently understanding, or maybe he simply does not care.
“What if someone has experienced past sensitivities to vaccinations? Do they already have natural immunities that may be even more effective? Are they pregnant? Do they have sincere religious concerns?” Stewart asked.
“No president has the right to ignore such legitimate scenarios, and someone’s ability to work and earn a living should not be threatened by an arrogant federal government.”
Rep. John Curtis (R-UT), who said he is a proponent of getting the vaccine, and who believes the chances of serious adverse reactions to the virus are slim still believes Biden is taking the wrong approach.
“That said, during a time of historic distrust of the CDC and federal health agencies, President Biden moving to illegally mandate private citizens at private companies be vaccinated is illegal and absurd. The announcement will only create more vaccine hesitancy and distrust of the federal government, the opposite of what we need in this moment,” he said in a statement.
Writing in National Review, Andrew McCarthy said Biden’s dictate is clearly unconstitutional. As he writes:
“There is no general federal health-care power. The constitutional exhortation for Congress to ‘provide for…the general Welfare of the United States’ (art. I, sec. 8) is not an open-ended authorization. Ours is a federalist system, the states presumptively govern their internal affairs, and Congress’s power to provide for the general welfare is cabined by its enumerated powers.”
Even if someone were to make the argument that Congress could possibly make a law mandating what Biden is attempting to, that would also not likely meet constitutional muster because the Constitution, as McCarthy notes “only permits Congress to regulate ongoing interstate commerce, not to coerce people into engaging in such commerce.” As he notes, “a vaccine is not even commerce, much less interstate commerce.”
In fact, McCarthy notes the recent opinion over the unconstitutional eviction moratorium gave an indication of how the high court might treat Biden’s latest foray into dictatorial politics.
In striking down the eviction moratorium, the Supreme Court ruled that when federal action “intrudes into an area that is the particular domain of state law,” Supreme Court jurisprudence requires “Congress to enact exceedingly clear language if it wishes to significantly alter the balance between federal and state power[.]”
In light of the clear unconstitutional (in our opinion) dictate issued by the cluelessly lost Joe Biden, we agree with Rep. Mast—“DO NOT COMPLY!”
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