Senate Bill Has 400+ Waivers And Loopholes in Enforcement

Senate Bill Has 400+ Waivers And Loopholes in Enforcement

“The Senate’s pending immigration bill includes roughly 400 exemptions, exceptions, waivers, determinations and grants of discretion. The bill’s complexity is forcing opponents and supporters to comb through its 844 pages before they can declare their conditional support or opposition to the high-stakes measure,” the Daily Caller writes.

“The complexity has already sparked GOP objections from Sen. Jeff Sessions and other Republicans who say they should be given more time to study and then explain the bill’s myriad complexities and loopholes to the public.”

ICE Union Leader Says Bill Doesn’t Help Enforcement

“While the authors of the newly released Senate immigration bill touted its multibillion dollar investment in border security, critics are seizing on what they describe as a major loophole — giving the government “discretion” to choose when to enforce immigration laws,” says

“The union representing Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents has long complained that the Obama administration has made their job harder by preventing agents from detaining and deporting select illegal immigrants. They had petitioned members of the so-called ‘Gang of Eight’ — the lawmakers writing the immigration bill — to address those concerns in the package.”

AFL-CIO Unhappy With “Compromise” Bill

The AFL-CIO is calling for changes to the Senate’s immigration bill, even as it also loudly endorses the bill’s multi-staged legalization measure. ‘The United States urgently needs a roadmap to citizenship for more than 11 million aspiring Americans. … Our cause is unstoppable. There will be a roadmap to citizenship in 2013,’ said the Wednesday statement from AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka. Trumka did, however, say the union has some objections to the bill, but did specify which sections he finds problematic,” the Daily Caller reports.

Debra J. Saunders – Why I Side With Rubio

“Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., may save the Republican Party in his push to pass the Gang of Eight bipartisan immigration package.
Let me be brutally honest about my position on the bill. I’ve opposed past efforts of this nature, because I fear that any amnesty bill — or ‘path to citizenship’ – will beget more amnesty bills. And that means that Washington is encouraging people to break the law,” says Debra J. Saunders.

“But I don’t see how the GOP prevails in national elections if Latino voters think that the party is anti-Latino and immigration bills have been a metric by which Latinos have judged the GOP. I want minorities to feel welcome in my party. I’d rather see Washington pass a Dream Act this year.”

Immigration Issue a “Rubik’s Cube” for GOP?

“While an immigration overhaul has drawn support from church groups, business, labor and even former opponents, there’s still deep opposition — mostly centered in the Republican Party. The last time a president tried to pass a comprehensive immigration overhaul was in 2007, and George W. Bush’s fellow Republicans in Congress killed his bill. Republican strategist Kevin Madden says a lot has changed since then — including the way the Republican Party is dealing with its own internal divisions,” NPR says.

About Author


Dan is the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR)'s President after joining the organization in 1982. He has testified more than 50 times before Congress, and been cited in the media as "America's best-known immigration reformer." Dan has appeared on virtually every significant TV and radio news/talk program in America and, in addition to being a contributing editor to, has contributed commentaries to a vast number of print media outlets.


  1. avatar
    Diane Kelsey on

    President Obama will still be a young man when he leaves office. He should then run for President of Mexico. If the amnesty bill passes, I guarantee he’ll be more popular there than he will be here. Of course, that’s assuming that there will be anyone left there to vote for him.

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    It’s all a smoke screen,Secure our borders now,no more anchor babies,and no more freebies,if your not legal you shouldn’t be getting these services to begin with ! Use e – verify and FINE employers who hire them.

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    This incident in Boston is going to be a little hard to reconcile with all the happy talk we will hear about this latest effort to increase immigration.

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      John Winthrop on

      It will only help actually at the expense of the people that lost their lives and limbs………that is any legal immigrant coming from conflicting countries to be scrutinize further…….and to move immigration reform ASAP to know who is here…….and see if any of these people pose a threat to us……..of course all other details of the bill are not mentioned here….

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    Concerned Citizen on

    Now that we know the Boston terrorists are immigrants from the Chechnya region, one born in Kyrgystan and the other in southern Russia, and both long-time residents of the USA with Muslim worldviews, we have to insist that Washington pay attention to the national security implications of inviting anyone and everyone to our country. People, not everyone likes us! What happens when you allow unchecked, immodest levels of immigration over time? The answer, if you’re paying attention, is clear: you get the same kind of ethnic, tribal violence that we see in other parts of the world.

    These two, sick punks “came here to kill.” But we let them in the country anyway. They have family in Massachusetts, as well. When does this mass immigration madness finally stop?

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    The answer to any rush to pass an 844 page bill should be no. This is a bill that will have a huge impact on the future of this country and any attempts to rush it through do nothing but reveal the intent of those pushing it. They don’t WANT it to be read.

    And the fact that this administration wants the “discretion” to enforce which laws it wants is just a continuation of the same things that have been going on for years. This bill is supposedly a fix for our “broken system” but it clearly is just the same old same old. Trust us, they say. By your past actions, you’ve shown you can’t be trusted. This mess deserves to be dead on arrival.

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      John Winthrop on

      If u like we can wait until the end of the world … it has been 20 years plus and about time this gets done……….after this amendments can be done to further fine tune it to the well being of the counter. In the meantime this needs to be done due to national security and fairness to those who contributed to the US…..

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        why cant we just live where we want? its everyone’s planet why have restrictions on where you lay your head at night? sounds a little selfish.. OH WAIT!!! we are Americans.. selfish is our middle name. I completely agree with you Leland, not only does our government seem more untrustworthy than ever but with the new immigration bill we have to carry a E- ID card which has very bit of information from your first shot to your Facebook. why do you think companies and hospitals are using E filing?

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    Hades Dan

    Its likely all a moot point.

    Since when have the American Politicians really stood up for immigration law enforcement in America and were against amnesty?

    Since 1996, when Congresswoman Barbara Jordan (D) headed the immigration committee, before she passed away.

    Since then Dem/Rep American politics has been controlled by foreign/corporate campaign contributrions for more overpopulation in America.

    No matter what this bogus immigration Bill says [plus or minus], assume the open border politicians will do nothing on immigration law enforcement anyway. Its a COMPLETE waste of American tax dollars.

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      John Winthrop on

      Softwarengineer use your critical thinking for once. The politicians did at least something they tried to fix it in 1986……but we failed as The People……….we r supposed to enforce the laws…..not the government to force us to do that….we r not old Russia for that matter…….your way of approaching this and your thinking is what has made us vulnerable instead of being part of law making……NOT JUST vote and see what happens……BUT vote, get involved like Dan Stein and make sure we enforce t laws a T he People …not just words and complaints and blaming t gov for our mistakes.

      Now as a result the government is implementing punishment after this bill goes through if anybody hires an illegal. So our freedoms are being each time taken away by our own actions as The People because we did not enforce the law and we r sitting relaxing among its and the gov with getting involved…

      SO it actually males sense to pass this bill hopefully with the rules put in place for national security and future illegal immigration with a better system to attract the best…BECAUSE otherwise NOT the government BUT we will fail again as The People to enforce our laws and support our congress. ……we r ue to be taken care of and complaint and bake our gov without any involvement but voting only…….