The veil comes off: Gang of Eight's immigration reform bill = amnesty

Monday, June 17, 2013
 | 
Chad Groening (OneNewsNow.com)

An immigration enforcement advocacy organization says the scuttling of an amendment aimed at strong border enforcement removes any pretense that the current immigration reform legislation being debated in the U.S. Senate is anything but an amnesty bill.

Last week the Senate voted to kill the amendment from Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) that would have prevented illegal immigrants from being granted amnesty until the U.S.-Mexico border has been under control for six months. It was the first amendment voted on regarding S. 744 intended to remake the U.S. immigration system and effectively open the door to citizenship for millions of individuals who are in the U.S. illegally.

Supporters of the bill said the Grassley amendment would delay - possibly for years - the amnesty that is at the center of the bill. Ira Mehlman, who opposes the legislation and is a spokesman for the Federation for American Immigration Reform, says that argument is quite telling.

Mehlman, Ira (Federation for American Immigration Reform)"Harry Reid called [the amendment] a 'poison pill,'" he remarks. "And I think at this point if you didn't know it before, you should be aware of it now: this is not a border security or immigration enforcement bill - this is flat-out an amnesty bill, a 'flooding the labor market with lots of foreign workers' bill.

"There will be no enforcement," Mehlman continues. "They made that very, very clear when they refused by a vote of 57 to 43 to even hold a debate on Grassley's amendment [suggesting] we should prove to the American people first that we can secure our borders."

While it would take only 41 votes to defeat the bill in its present form, the FAIR spokesman predicts the vote is going to be close.

We moderate all reader comments, usually within 24 hours of posting (longer on weekends). Please limit your comment to 300 words or less and ensure it addresses the article - NOT another reader's comments. Comments that contain a link (URL), an inordinate number of words in ALL CAPS, rude remarks directed at other readers, or profanity/vulgarity will not be approved. More details

SIGN UP FOR OUR DAILY NEWSBRIEF

SUBSCRIBE

VOTE IN OUR POLL

As a conservative voter, which of these issues matter most to you?

CAST YOUR VOTE

GET PUSH NOTIFICATIONS

SUBSCRIBE

LATEST AP HEADLINES

  Clinton campaign: Computer service used by campaign hacked
  Latest: Trump slams Clinton's 'rosy-dory' optimism
  Courts strike blows to GOP voter restrictions in 3 states
  2 San Diego police officers shot, 1 fatally, during stop
  Ex-Texas A&M linebacker, wife killed at their home
San Diego police officer killed, another wounded in shooting
AP fact check: Misfires in Hillary's DNC nomination speech
Manafort: "Midnight" due to "Obama-Clinton"

LATEST FROM THE WEB

Law enforcement official: Hillary campaign apparently hacked By Russia
Most of the officers charged by Marilyn Mosby are now suing her
Former abortionist reveals horror behind Hillary-supported late-term abortion procedure
California risks $135M in federal grants over 'sanctuary city' policy
Clinton running mate Tim Kaine won't help with Jewish voters

CARTOON OF THE DAY

Cartoon of the Day

REASON & COMPANY

NEXT STORY
Amnesty compromise not popular with Republicans

An immigration enforcement advocate does not think the House of Representatives is prepared to go along with the recently passed Senate immigration bill which would give amnesty to millions of illegal aliens.