Sen. Lee Compares Gang of Eight Amnesty Bill to Obamacare

Today, the Senate continued to debate the Gang of Eight amnesty bill on the floor.  After listing the large number of amendments that were rejected in committee that could have greatly improved the legislation, Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) explained that the Gang of Eight bill “does not secure the border; it doesn’t build a fence; it doesn’t create a workable biometric entry, exist system for immigrants to this country.”

He added, “What standards and metrics the bill does set, the bill simultaneously grants the secretary of Homeland Security broad discretion to waive.”

Many critics compare the Gang bill to the failed 1986 bill.  But Sen. Lee made a more frightening comparison, and one that we should all be able to relate to today:

The gang bill reminds me of a more recent piece of legislation, Obamacare.  Like the president’s healthcare law the Gang bill was negotiated in secret by insiders and special interests who then essentially offered it to Congress as a single take it or leave it proposition.  It grants broad new power to the same executive branch that today is mired in scandal for incompetence and abuse of power.  Total cost estimates are in the trillions according to some, and rather than fix our current immigration problems, the bill makes many of them worse.  However well intentioned, the Gang of Eight bill is just an immigration version of Obamacare.


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