Senate Committee Approves Massive Amnesty

Washington – Yesterday, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved S.744, the immigration bill drafted by the Gang of Eight.  Heritage Action released the following statement from CEO Michael A. Needham:

Yesterday’s vote is further evidence that some in Washington seem intent on repeating the mistakes of the past.  In 1986, Congress granted amnesty to three million people with the promise of enforcement and border security.  Since then the population of illegal immigrants has nearly quadrupled. 

From Obamacare to Dodd-Frank, false promises are quickly becoming the norm in Washington, especially when lawmakers consider unwieldy bills that delegate immense power to an unaccountable bureaucracy.  The American people would be better served if Congress tackled immigration reform through a step-by-step approach. 

The Senate Judiciary Committee missed an opportunity to get immigration reform right.  America can get the benefits of a reformed immigration system without the costs of amnesty.  The American people deserve a system that works.