Senate Fails in its Attempt to Fail the American People on Immigration
(February 15, 2018, Washington, D.C.) — The following statement was issued by Dan Stein, president of the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) regarding today’s votes on immigration in the United States Senate:
“The Senate began the week with a mandate from the American people to fix our broken legal immigration system, take decisive action to end mass illegal immigration, and to address the status of about 690,000 DACA recipients.
“Instead, the Senate brought to the floor two amendments that would have granted amnesty to between 1.8 and 3.2 million illegal aliens and another that extended protections for 10-12 million. In return, those amendments would have done little or nothing to end illegal immigration or end our failed system of family chain migration. Ultimately, they all failed because they deserved to fail.
“The American people were watching this debacle unfold and so, too, should have the House. Fixing our failed immigration system – and fixing it in a way that serves and protects the interests of the American people – is now the responsibility of the House.
“We urge the House of Representatives to act swiftly to bring the Securing America’s Future Act, H.R. 4760, to the floor for a vote. Unlike the failed efforts in the Senate, H.R. 4760 prioritizes the agenda of the American people on immigration policy, while extending temporary protections to the 690,000 illegal aliens currently protected by DACA.
“Polls indicate broad public support for the provisions and the sequencing of H.R. 4760. After the Senate’s bungled attempt to sell mass amnesty as ‘immigration reform,’ it is time for the ‘people’s house’ to finally serve the people’s interests on immigration.”
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