5 More Reasons the Gang of Eight’s Immigration Bill is a Bad Idea

Last week, Heritage Action shared 5 simple signs that the Senate immigration bill was bad news. Here are five more reasons this is an unworkable and undesirable solution to America’s broken immigration system.

1. It undermines the rule of law.   

America is based squarely on the rule of law. The opportunity people seek when they come to this country is predicated on the rule of law.   Why would any law-abiding American embrace a bill that tells 11 million people that they should be rewarded for coming here unlawfully?  It’s amnesty, and it is wrong.

2. It’s a déjà vu. 

Think 1986Three million illegal immigrants were given amnesty Politicians promised that they’d just legalize everyone and then crack down on anyone else that tried to come in.

Today, lawmakers are promising that they’ll just legalize everyone and then crack down on anyone else that tries to come in.  That was a bad idea in 1986, and it’s still a bad idea.  It is not too much to ask that Washington politicians, the media pundits and special interests learn from the mistakes of the past.

3. It undermines border security. 

Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX), the Senate’s second-ranking Republican and a member of the immigration, refugees and border security subcommittee, has said that this immigration bill would actually undermine border security because “the border patrol will shift resources away, in a preannounced fashion, from most of the border sectors in order to reach the goals for only a few.” 

4. It’s a comprehensive mess.

This 844-page bill addresses a mind numbing number of immigration related issues.  Comprehensive legislation forces Senators to say YEA or NAY to EVERYTHING in the bill.  They are forced to focus on the really bad parts, instead of focusing on how to fix the flaws with the current system.  That’s why Sen. Cruz recently advised his colleagues to focus on areas of agreement first.

5. It’s self-defeating. 

Heritage’s Jim Carafano explains:

 The bill requires certification of “border triggers” for stemming the tide of illegal border crossings before additional steps in the legalization process can proceed.

Amnesty creates an incentive for illegal border crossings and overstays. Thus, the strategy laid out would drive up the cost of securing the border. Just throwing money at the border does not make sense. The policies adopted on both sides of the border are more important.

The long and short of it is that this bill throws money at securing the border and in the next breath encourages people to cross said border because they know very well they’ll get amnesty eventually.

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