Republicans foolishly poised to give Obama fast track on Trans Pacific Partnership, providing irreversible authority, since treaties supersede statutes under U.S. Constitution
“This is huge,” Dick Morris tells America‘s Forum host J.D. Hayworth as he discusses Obama’s attempt to fast track Trans Pacific Partnership.* (video under link)
“I hope that everybody listening takes action, call your senator about it. If he‘s a Republican. he‘s voting wrong. I don’t think the people understand that in this deal, which is a trade agreement among Australia, Malaysia, Vietnam, South Korea, Japan, Canada, United States, Mexico, Peru and Chili, there is a provision for free flow of workers, just like in the European Union.
What that means is unrestricted immigration. It means literally that Congress would not have the authority to restrict immigration, because a treaty supersedes a statute under our constitution.”
Morris continues, “Obama is going to try to circumvent the legislative process and use the treaty-making authority do stuff that Congress can’t repeal, and a future president can’t change. As he enters the seventh year of his presidency, that’s what he’s focused on. Under the guise of a NAFTA-like trade agreement it provides for unrestricted immigration within these eleven countries, which means any Mexican can come here to the United States legally, stay here, be naturalized, become a citizen and vote — and Congress can’t do anything about it. The Constitution enumerates the powers of Congress. One of them is Immigration and Naturalization. This supersedes that and it does so for all time. Because you can’t repeal a treaty unless the other signatories agree.’
“It also could become the way to get Climate Change in,” Morris warns. “He’s taking the whole legislative agenda and putting it in a treaty and getting it ratified and then it becomes as good as a Constitutional Amendment.
In this case Obama is putting it in a treaty and asking congress to approve fast track authority. The idea that with all the power this president has grabbed, the Republicans are about to give him fast track, which means he can do any trade agreement he wants and ratification is almost automatic, and the Democrats are opposing this. It is entirely Republican votes that are pushing it and they just don’t understand what’s in the damn bill.”
“This is not amnesty,“ Morris tells Hayworth. “Amnesty is for people who are already here.”
Watch this vitally important interview beginning at 5:52.
* Besides the United States there are 11 other countries involved in the TPP: :Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam.
On Thurs. May 21, 2015, by a roll call vote of 62 to 38, this is the Senate vote on HR 1314. This measure is expected to be the vehicle in the Senate guaranteeing Obama’s trade promotion authority. Check out the votes of Arizona’s Senators.