Conservative members of Congress, including Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas) and Sen. Jeff Sessions (R.-Ala.), have expressed sharp criticism of the 844-page immigration bill filed on the Senate floor on April 17 by the bipartisan “Gang of Eight.”
“It's hard to believe, but the Senate immigration bill is worse than we thought,” said Smith, in a statement quoted by CNS News. “Despite assurances, the border is not secured before almost everyone in the country illegally is given amnesty. The bill guarantees there will be a rush across the border to take advantage of massive amnesty.”
And the Senate proposal offers amnesty to far more illegal immigrants than we thought. In addition to most of the 11 million illegal immigrants already in the country, the bill offers to legalize the relatives of illegal immigrants outside the U.S. and even others who have already been deported back home. So current immigration laws are shredded.
The Senate bill is bad news for the American people. The good news is that the House Judiciary Committee will come up with a better plan that improves our immigration system and puts the interests of American workers first.
A report from the Daily Caller on April 18 pointed out that the immigration bill includes approximately “400 exemptions, exceptions, waivers, determinations and grants of discretion.”
Citing the text of the bill, the article noted that discretion would be used in determining the status of “an alien who departed from the United States while subject to an order of exclusion, deportation, or removal.”
The presence of conservative opposition to the immigration bill was reported in a Huffington Post article on April 18 that discussed the reception that Gang of Eight member Marco Rubio received while appearing on talk radio's The Mark Levin Show on April 17. The Post writer wrote that Levin's “skepticism [of the immigration bill] was clear,” and added that Levin, who once served as chief of staff to President Reagan’s Attorney General Edwin Meese, “referred to undocumented immigrants as ‘illegal aliens,’ ” — instead of noting that Rubio is now using the word “undocumented” to refer to illegal aliens.
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