Amnesty Bill Filed in Dead of Night
“A bipartisan group of senators formally filed legislation early Wednesday calling for border security as the cornerstone of immigration reform. The bill also would prevent undocumented immigrants from reaching full legal resident status until after the government takes steps to keep unauthorized workers from getting jobs in the United States, according to a summary released before the bill was filed,” CNN reports.
Obama, Congress Drafted Amnesty Just Like Obamacare
“Obamacare set a nasty precedent in Washington: radical and unpopular legislation is developed behind closed doors and then passed quickly, without time for sufficient public scrutiny. Tragically, this is exactly what is happening on Capitol Hill as the so-called “bi-partisan Gang of Eight” Senators (four Democrats and four Republicans) is working with the Obama White House to craft broad, sweeping changes to our immigration enforcement system with a shocking lack of transparency,” says Tom Fitton at Breitbart.com.
Eight Potholes Facing Amnesty Bill
“The ‘gang of eight’ senators rolling out a bipartisan immigration overhaul this week are gearing up for the battle to formally be joined at the Senate Judiciary Committee and ultimately on the floor this summer. The senators are expressing optimism that a bill resembling their package will ultimately become law, and President Barack Obama reiterated on Tuesday his commitment to getting a deal passed,” Roll Call says.
Among the potholes are provisions to let previously deported illegal aliens get citizenship.
Senate Bill Faces Opposition
“A Senate plan to rewrite U.S. immigration law has stoked a years-old debate over allowing undocumented residents a chance to become citizens, a measure viewed by opponents as rewarding lawbreakers with “amnesty” and undercutting American workers.
Though Republican opposition to creating a citizenship path for the nation’s estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants has waned since the November election, the issue is dividing the party. Some lawmakers and interest groups criticized the bipartisan Senate plan released yesterday, centering on their opposition to amnesty for those in the country illegally,” Bloomberg News says.
“‘Our goal is to make the American public aware that there’s nothing in it for them’, said Ira Mehlman, a spokesman for the Washington-based Federation for American Immigration Reform, which supports limits on immigration. He added that the proposal includes ‘all sorts of goodies for people who broke our laws and people who want to hire cheap labor.’”