How Did Your Senator Vote on the Amnesty Bill?

How Did Your Senator Vote on the Amnesty Bill?

June 11, 2013

The U.S. Senate voted this afternoon on the Motion to Proceed with the Gang of Eight amnesty bill, S. 744. Normally, we would not score a vote on the Motion to Proceed, however, this bill is SO dreadful that it should not even be up for a vote.

Only 15 Senators voted to keep this terrible legislation from coming to the Senate floor, and many might try to tell you that they voted “yes” so that they can bring their ideas, through amendments, to the bill. We disagree with that tactic. The Senate needs to scrap S. 744 and start over. 

You can see how your Senator voted here — we need you to hold them accountable!

We know many Senators are not answering their phones, so be sure to enter your zip code below to e-mail your Senator with our provided talking points about their vote on the Motion to Proceed to S. 744. Then call your Senator, and if they voted yes, tell them you are disappointed that they would vote to bring this terrible, promise-breaking amnesty bill to the floor. If they voted no, do all you can to support him or her for this courageous vote! 

Pressure to vote for this bill is incredibly intense in Washington, D.C. The Senators, well-funded corporations and special interests supporting this bill are so desperate to pass it that they are either intentionally lying to mislead the American people, or they haven’t read the bill.  That’s easy to do with a bill that is more than 1,000 pages long. 

One lie we’re hearing is that amnestied aliens will have to learn English.  As our friends at Pro English explain in this alert, that is completely untrue.

This document outlines the top twelve reasons Senators should oppose the Gang of Eight bill.  It contains excellent citations and resources.  Please share it with your Senators and other activists.  The top twelve reasons are:

  1. Fails to secure the border.
  2. Unfairly grants legal status to millions of illegal immigrants ahead of those following our laws.
  3. Threatens to bankrupt our already strained entitlement system.
  4. Contains dangerous loopholes that threaten national security.
  5. Cedes control of immigration law to the Secretary of Homeland Security and other unelected bureaucrats.
  6. Rewards criminals and punishes law enforcement.
  7. Expands government by creating new bureaucracies, authorizing new spending, and calling for endless regulations.
  8. Breaks our already dysfunctional legal immigration system.
  9. Contains earmark that benefits specific states, industries and interest groups.
  10. Dismantles domestic enforcement of our immigration laws.
  11. It is over 1,000 pages long.
  12. The Gang of Eight Oppose All Amendments that “upset” the “delicate balance.” (In other words, there is no fixing this bill!)

Take Action!

Now more than ever, we need you call your Senators, visit them when they return home on weekends, attend town hall meetings, and visit their district offices!  Tell them that you oppose the bill, challenge them if they are in support, and ask them if they know what is really in this bill.  We can tell you from speaking to staffers on Capitol Hill that most of the Senators do not know what’s in the bill. When they find out that they will be held accountable for it, they might back off their support.

If you live in Alabama, Idaho or Wyoming, you have two Senators who voted to stop this bill.  In all other states, one or both Senators voted in favor of further consideration of this terrible bill. Call your Senators and urge him or her to vote against the bill at the next opportunity!


Your Vote on the Immigration Bill Voted YES:

I am terribly disappointed that you voted to allow S. 744 to come to the Senate floor.

Even if the problems with border security are addressed, S. 744 contains too many other fatal flaws.

Among other things, S. 744 provides immediate legalization without securing the border, contains dangerous national security loopholes, facilitates fraud, delays implementation of e-verify, does not fix our legal immigration system, thoroughly guts interior enforcement of immigration laws, and rewards criminals, absconders, and deportees while undermining law enforcement

Additionally, 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.

The bill 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 also 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 bill 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 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.

I sincerely hope you will reconsider your support for this terrible legislation. I am telling my friends and neighbors about your vote and hope to tell them you changed your mind.


Voted NO:

Thank you so much for taking a stand against S. 744.

I applaud your courageous stand against this terrible bill and will tell my friends and family the truth about this bill and how important your vote is.

Please know you have my support as you continue to stand strong.

I urge you to become an even more vocal critic of this fatally flawed bill.


Did not Vote:
I am writing to express my concern over you not voting on S. 744 — the Gang of Eight amnesty bill – of which I am adamantly opposed.

Even if the problems with border security are addressed, S. 744 contains too many other fatal flaws.

Among other things, S. 744 provides immediate legalization without securing the border, contains dangerous national security loopholes, facilitates fraud, delays implementation of e-verify, does not fix our legal immigration system, thoroughly guts interior enforcement of immigration laws, and rewards criminals, absconders, and deportees while undermining law enforcement

Additionally, 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.

The bill 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 also 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 bill 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 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.

I sincerely hope that you will become a vocal critic of this terrible legislation and will vote NO on the next vote.