(Washington, D.C. May 29, 2013) The Gang of Eight immigration bill, S.744, is on its way to the Senate floor for a vote, possibly as early as the week of June 10.
The bill was drafted in secret by eight senators and a group of Washington lobbyists. After its introduction on April 17, it received minimal scrutiny at a handful of hearings stacked with supporters of amnesty for illegal aliens and cheap labor for business interests, followed by a hasty Judiciary Committee mark-up in which virtually no substantive amendments were adopted.
“The product of this rigged and secretive effort to hijack American immigration policy under the guise of reform is a bill that can best be described as the mother of all legislative train wrecks,” declared Dan Stein, president of the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR). “S.744 includes a massive amnesty for millions of illegal aliens, a massive infusion of foreign labor to compete with skilled and low-skilled American workers, trillions of dollars in unfunded liabilities, and unprecedented discretionary authority for the Obama administration to ignore immigration laws. What the Gang of Eight bill does not include are mandates for border enforcement, or meaningful protections for American workers.”
In anticipation of the bill heading to the Senate floor for debate, FAIR has compiled a list of the Top 40 Reasons to Oppose the Senate Amnesty Bill, including:
The bill would not secure our borders or improve immigration enforcement:
- No border security requirements. The bill merely requires the Secretary of Homeland Security to submit a plan to secure the border.
- A rollback of existing border fencing requirements.
- No biometric exit system at all land, air and sea ports of entry to track aliens who enter and leave the U.S., which is already required under current law.
The bill would not enhance homeland security, or prevent legalization of criminals and terrorists:
- Illegal aliens would be protected from detention or removal merely by filing an application for Registered Provisional Immigrant (RPI) status.
- Would allow illegal aliens with multiple misdemeanor convictions to gain RPI status.
- Allows the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to waive a broad array of unlawful behavior for the purpose of determining whether illegal aliens are admissible, including gang membership, drunken driving offenses, domestic violence and others.
The bill would not protect U.S. workers or taxpayers:
- E-Verify won’t go into effect for all employers until four years after DHS issues regulations implementing the mandatory program, meaning these protections would not be in place for a decade or more after enactment.
- Doubles the admission of new permanent immigrants to compete with U.S. workers.
- Increases the number of guest workers by 50 percent during the first decade of enactment, including as many as 200,000 new low-skilled guest workers.
- Reduces protections for skilled U.S. workers against losing jobs and opportunities to H-1B guest workers.
- Does not require legalized aliens to pay back taxes.
The bill poses an enormous unfunded liability for U.S. taxpayers:
- Future costs of government services and benefits to amnesty recipients could run as high as $6.3 trillion.
- Requires that DHS waive the public charge law when determining which aliens are eligible for amnesty.
- Would allow people with as little as 125 percent of poverty level income to qualify for green cards after ten years AND sponsor relatives to immigrate legally.
- Creates a slush fund for advocacy groups to recruit and assist amnesty applicants.
- Allows illegal aliens, and even broad classes of illegal aliens, to litigate unfavorable amnesty decisions, with taxpayers picking up the legal costs.
The full list of the Top 40 Reasons to Oppose the Gang of Eight Amnesty Bill can be found on FAIR’s website, www.fairus.org.
Kristen Williamson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-328-7004