Gang of Eight Rejects
Border Security Amendment
June 13, 2013
This week, the Senate is debating the Gang of Eight amnesty bill.
Believe it or not, Senate staffers are telling us they are not hearing from constituents like they did in 2007. We know that’s not true, because we’ve heard from many of you that you’re not able to get through.
In reality, they’ve simply sent their phones to voice mail. But, do not be discouraged — we must keep fighting! It might be necessary for you to call and visit your Senator’s district offices to be sure they are hearing your opposition. You can also use this tool to send them an e-mail.
On the Senate floor, Harry Reid is up to his usual antics. Despite his promises that the immigration bill would be drafted through an open amendment process (which is unusual under his leadership), and the Gang of Eight members’ oft-repeated promise that their bill would secure the borders first then legalize illegal aliens, Reid moved to table (in other words, kill) an amendment offered by Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley that would have significantly strengthened the border security requirements. Sen. Grassley was quite upset and addressed Sen. Reid very pointedly. See parts of that exchange here.
S. 744 is fatally flawed in so many areas, but even Gang of Eight member Marco Rubio said that he cannot support the bill in its current form, because the border security provisions are so weak. Senator Reid’s obstructionism and fact that the entire Gang of Eight voted against Grassley’s amendment prove that amnesty advocates are not serious about securing the border. The Gang of Eight assured us that amnesty would only happen once the borders were secure, now they are blatantly breaking that promise and refusing to secure the borders. We need you to keep calling to stop this bill!
Click here to see how your Senator voted on border security. If your Senators voted YES, that means they voted to kill the amendment that would have kept the Gang of Eight’s promise to secure the border. If they voted YES, we need you to contact them to express your outrage and to tell your friends and neighbors that their Senator voted against securing the borders. If your Senator voted NO, call them and thank them for their vote while urging them to oppose the bill as a whole since it is obvious that the liberals aren’t serious about border security.
Please vote NO on Amnesty!
S. 744 does more harm than good. It is a payoff to special interests and it will make the problems with our immigration system worse, not better.
S. 744 is so full of fatal flaws, no amendment can fix it.
S. 744 provides immediate legalization without securing the border.
S. 744 rewards criminal aliens, absconders and deportees and undermines law enforcement.
S. 744 contains extremely dangerous national security loopholes.
S. 744 facilitates fraud in our immigration system.
S. 744 creates no real penalties for illegal immigrants and rewards them with entitlements.
S. 744 delays for years the implementation of E-Verify.
S. 744 does not fix our legal immigration system.
S. 744 advanced through a process predicated on a deal struck before mark-up.
S. 744 rewards those who have broken our laws by offering a special path to citizenship.
S. 744 thoroughly guts interior enforcement of immigration laws.
Like Obamacare, S. 744 grants enormous power and discretion to the Secretary of Homeland Security, who has a well-established policy of NOT enforcing immigration laws and of legalizing as many people as possible.
S.744 weakens control on asylum seekers, even in the wake of the Boston Marathon terrorist attack, which was perpetuated by foreigners who were granted asylum in the United States.
S. 744 outsources the job of guiding aliens through the amnesty process to ACORN-like, liberal community organizer groups.
Robert Rector of the Heritage Foundation conservatively estimates that the amnesty portion of the bill alone will cost taxpayers $6.3 trillion, and reports indicate the bill will flood 33 million people into the country over the next 10 years to compete in an already difficult job market and untold numbers of temporary workers.
S. 744 creates extravagant new programs, and because the authors of the bill declared that these programs are “emergency spending,” they are exempted from the “pay as you go” requirement.
Even worse, S. 744 combined with ObamaCare will make newly amnestied aliens more attractive to employers than American citizens or legal immigrants, since employers will not have to pay ObamaCare penalties for newly amnestied illegal aliens, because they are not eligible for ObamaCare.
This bill is unjust and harmful on so many levels and it must be rejected. We would be much better off simply enforcing current law than enacting S.744, which weakens current immigration law.