S.744 Would NOT Secure the Borders

Says who?

Chuck Schumer, that’s who.

During last week’s Judiciary Committee mark-up of S.744, the Gang of Eight amnesty bill, Iowa Republican Chuck Grassley offered an amendment that would have required that our borders be secure for six months before the amnesty process could begin.

Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), one of the Gang of Eight, took exception to Grassley’s amendment, arguing that the “amendment would set a standard that basically would delay, probably forever, any legalization, bringing people out of the shadows.”

Grassley’s amendment was defeated 12-6, with Senators Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), the two Republican members of the Gang of Eight who sit on the Judiciary Committee, voting against it. With that vote, and Schumer’s frank admission, went any pretense that S.744 is about preventing future illegal immigration.

Under S.744, amnesty would begin six months from the day the president signs the bill. Border security would begin six months from never.

About Author


Ira joined the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) in 1986 with experience as a journalist, professor of journalism, special assistant to Gov. Richard Lamm (Colorado), and press secretary of the House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee. His columns have appeared in National Review, LA Times, NY Times, Washington Post, Newsweek, and more. He is an experienced TV and radio commentator.


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    sherri palmer on

    they could stop all of this right now, simply by voting to stop all financial, medical etc. support of illegals, and illegals would leave. Use technology to build the fence, put our armed military on the entire length of the border, this will work! The gang of 8 is acting like it is under pressure because these illegals are here and trying to act before Americans kick them out of the country, but this IS our country and they have no right to be here. There is no reason to delay deportation of illegals, we have to say no more amnesty EVER! We dont need new laws that are 1500 pages. and not going to be enforced anyway! Just enforce what we have on the books. DONE! That would send a huge message!

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    sherri palmer on

    This bill will not delay bringing people out of the shadows…stop giving them any form of support and that will bring them out of the shadows and out of this country…those idiots in Washington are relentless in supporting these illegals…33 million plus, we dont have jobs for them, any jobs here belong to Americans only! Our American Dollars belong to Americans only! There is no reason except to let more illegals into this country to not enforce the border for another five years…they should just say what they really mean, they are not going to enforce the border because that B in the white house wants open borders forever. If there is anything left of this country when his term ends, the requirement for the person coming in should be to reverse every law that white house idiot has put in place.

    he said the borders are secure as they ever were…he is right because they were not secure and still not! he knows the border is not secure. he likes to make us think we are not informed of the truth…we know the truth and we know his lies. he is just an educated liar, thug, if you will!

    I am amazed at how feinstein and the rest of his bunch can look each other in the face, they know they are looking at lawless images of themselves…

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    The majority of illegals are here by intentionally overstaying their visas – be it student, tourist, etc. How can a border solve this?

    They problem is that the only people whose jobs are never outsourced or at risk in any way by illegals are lawyers, politicos and judges – the people who make and enforce the laws. To the 99 percent of everyone else – you (we) are on your own.

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    Absolutely no amnesty. We do not need millions of people coming into our country with no jobs, no where to live and we cannot afford to care for them so the crime will be unbearable. Why anyone thinks we can handle this is stupid. Our welfare is so huge with all the waste and corruption which needs to be taken care of now. We cannot let it go on. Where are the illegals going to live, where are they going to work? if you give them jobs where are Americans going to work? Who is going to see that criminals and enemies don’t come in? Obama has left the borders open and we know that enemies and criminals are coming in with no idea of who they are and the ones already here have no identification and we have to give them drivers licenses and everything with no e-verify and a way to follow them, but the government knows everything legal citizens, who pay taxes are harassed by the government. Something is very wrong and it must be stopped. No amnesty and not gun control. We have a government which is totally out of control. America is our country and we should have some say instead of a government that thinks we should not.

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    Old Chuck, the repugnant POS from the IRCA tragedy in 1986, still emitting his utter ignorance, along with those other demented souls in OUR government that are mentally deficient on this issue!

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    But wait a minute. Haven’t we heard over and over from this administration that the borders are ALREADY secure? I know Diane Feinstein was on CBS yesterday saying that, looking like the cat that ate the canary as she said it. So IF they already ARE secure, then what possible difference could any six months time period make?

    Unless what Schumer is acknowledging is what everyone without a bias knows. Which is the fact that the borders are NOT secure and this bill won’t require that for five years, if ever. Thanks for admitting it Chuck, if only in that weasel talk you always engage in.

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      Yes Leland

      Its like saying the Housing Price Bubble Decrease is over, the economy is improving. As if the CURRENT $85B/mo in debt money needed to buy treasuries and keep mortgage interest low and saving rates at zero is just a pesky emergency measure only used in a contradictory way when the economy has collapsed.

      Our politicians lie about immigration/overpopulations’ effects on our collapsed economy.