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

Monday, June 17, 2013
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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.

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