Cruz-Grassley-Lee-Sessions: Amnesty Bill Weakens Current Law

Take one look at what Senators have done with the Gang of Eight’s amnesty bill and make the call for yourself:  does this bill actually make the problem worse?

In a letter to their colleagues, Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX), Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Mike Lee (R-UT) and Jeff Sessions (R-AL) outline nine specific and legitimate concerns with the Gang of Eight’s amnesty bill:

If passed, S.744 will leave our borders unsecure and our immigration system deeply dysfunctional.

Moreover, the bill’s already serious flaws were exacerbated by the adoption of several amendments that significantly weaken current law, hamstring law enforcement, ad further complicate our legal immigration system.  We were thus left with no choice but to oppose the bill.

In committee, conservative Senators offered a myriad of amendments that would have improved border security and reduced fraud in our current immigration system.  Unfortunately, those amendments were rejected; in fact, several terrible amendments were passed that actually weaken our current immigration system.

For example, one amendment the Senate adopted was offered by Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE) prohibits Border Patrol from returning illegal border crossers to Mexico during nighttime hours (when crossings generally occur) and require Border Patrol to follow guidelines written by the government of Mexico.

The justification for such an amendment should be outside any rational person’s comprehension.

Similarly, Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) offered an amendment that was adopted that would limit enforcement actions at certain locations, including college campuses and hospitals, essentially turning public places into sanctuary shelters.

Again, there is no legitimate justification for this.

Conservatives made efforts to improve cooperation between the federal government and state and local law enforcement agencies in the enforcement of federal immigration law.  But they were rejected.

Suffice it to say, if the Senate actually wants to improve our border security and our legal immigration system, their actions are sending a really mixed message.   The amendments many of them chose to adopt made a terrible bill worse.

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