Trump judicial pick Brett J. Talley supports amnesty [Update: WH withdraws nomination]

[12/13/17 UPDATE: the Trump administration has withdrawn Talley's nomination. See below for what others wouldn't reveal about him.]

From [1]:

Brett J. Talley has practiced law for less than three years. He has never tried a case — or even argued a motion.

But he does write a spirited, far-right blog: Shortly after the massacre at Sandy Hook elementary, Talley described Barack Obama’s proposal to expand background checks and restrict rapid-fire weapons as “the greatest attack on our constitutional freedoms in our lifetime.” One month later, he endorsed the idea that Americans “will have to resort to arms when our other rights — of speech, press, assembly, representative government — fail to yield the desired results.” During the 2016 campaign he derided the Democratic nominee as “Hillary Rotten Clinton.”

He also went to Harvard Law School, clerked for a couple of federal judges, and made a positive impression on Alabama senator Luther Strange.
President Trump looked over this body of work, and decided the 36-year-old was qualified for a lifetime appointment to the federal bench (the American Bar Association begged to differ). On Friday, the Republican members of the Senate Judiciary Committee voted to second Trump’s assessment. Now, Talley’s nomination will proceed to the Senate floor, where he is widely expected to be confirmed on a party-line vote, just like Trump’s previous judicial nominees.

In addition to being unqualified, Talley is a Mitt Romney fan and he supports amnesty.

On February 1, 2013, Talley blogged "Immigration Reform, The Bitter Pill Republicans Must Swallow" [2] (bolding added):

...Surely, if there were an easy and effective way to bring people who are willing to work—and for whom there is always employment—to our country, illegal immigration would dry up like alcohol running over the Canadian border after prohibition was lifted.

President Obama is now making headlines with a push to reform our immigration system. If it is anything like his past efforts, we can expect a lot of talk and little action. But a gang of 8 Senators, four Republican and four Democrat, have beaten him to the punch. They have proposed an immigration reform bill that has a chance at working.

It contains several provisions Republicans will like, many of which were part of Governor Romney’s approach during the campaign. These include a robust e-verify system that requires employers to check immigration status before hiring workers. That alone should put a major dent in illegal immigration, as most immigrants are here for a job. It also includes tougher border security measures, always a favorite among Conservatives. And it will make it easier for people to come here legally. Immigration has always been good for the United States, and during some of the greatest eras in our history, our borders have been more or less open to those who seek a better life. But it’s the last proposal that will have conservatives up in arms—a path to citizenship for those here illegally.

Republicans are already starting to balk, obsessive in their absolute hatred of anything even approaching amnesty. Frankly, I think they need to get over it.

We are never going to round up 25 million people and ship them back to their home countries. It’s not going to happen. If it did, it would take a massive, jack-booted police force to accomplish, and we would be witnessing the 21st Century equivalent of the Trail of Tears. It’s impossible to imagine such a thing coming to pass, and if Republicans continue to push for it, they risk becoming a minority party for all time.

That’s especially true when it comes to the so-called “Dreamers.” These are the kids who have been in the United States all their lives, having been brought here when they were infants. They know nothing but America (some of them don’t even speak Spanish). Imagine for a moment someone knocked on your door and told you that you were being deported to Mexico. That’s pretty much what they are facing. If you think we should deport those kids, then I frankly don’t want you in my party.

...For the sake of their families, they crossed the border without a green card, and they’ve been working here ever since. If you’ve ever built a house, they probable helped frame it. If you’ve ever eaten a piece of fruit, they probably helped pick it.

It’s time to rationalize our immigration system... And it is also time to start the people who are here on a path to citizenship.

Hispanics should be a Republican constituency. They are fiscally conservative. They are very conservative socially. But immigration is always in our way. Before they can hear us on the issues where there’s common ground, we have to cross the threshold issue of immigration. Most Hispanics do not support illegal immigration, but when they hear conservatives talk about it, they hear veiled racism. They hear “I don’t want brown people in my country.” And in politics, perception is everything.

If we don’t do anything about immigration, in 8 years, Texas will be a battleground state. And when that happens, you can forget about fiscal responsibility, your right to bear arms, and anything else Republicans hold dear. This is our moment. It’s time to seize it.

All of that could have been blogged by any other pro-amnesty Republican. Some of the bogus talking points he's using include deportations false choice, Hispanics as Republicans, and the idea that all illegal aliens are workers. He's supporting the Gang of 8 amnesty and the anti-American DREAM Act.

And, Trump wants to make him a federal judge with a lifetime appointment.

[1] nymag · com/daily/intelligencer/2017/11/senate-panel-votes-to-make-pro-gun-blogger-a-federal-judge.html

[2] happywarriordotme · wordpress · com/2013/02/01/immigration-reform-the-bitter-pill-republicans-must-swallow/