Senators Cruz, Grassley, Sessions & Lee Voice Opposition to Gang of Eight Bill

Concerned that S.744 repeats many of the same mistakes as the 1986 amnesty bill in addition to breaking numerous promises to the American people, Senators Ted Cruz, (R-TX), Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Jeff Sessions (R-AL) and Mike Lee (R-UT) sent a “Dear Colleague” letter to their fellow members of the U.S. Senate outlining their opposition to the bill:

Americans expect their government to end the lawlessness, not surrender to it. They deserve immigration reform with actual border security, enforcement of the laws on the books, and a legal immigration system that works. We must welcome and celebrate legal immigrants, but S. 744 fails to deliver anything more than the same empty promises Washington has been making for 30 years.

Noting numerous failures to strengthen the bill during the Senate Judiciary Committee markup, the letter highlights nine major problems with the Gang of Eight bill:

  • Provides immediate legalization without securing the border
  • Rewards criminal aliens, absconders, and deportees and undermines law enforcement
  • Contains extremely dangerous national security loopholes
  • Facilitates fraud in our immigration system
  • Creates no real penalties for illegal immigrants and rewards them with entitlements
  • Delays for years the implementation of E-Verify
  • Does not fix our legal immigration system
  • Advanced through a process predicated on a deal struck before markup
  • Rewards those who have broken our laws by offering a special path to citizenship


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Letter from Sens. Cruz, Sessions, Lee, Grassley Voicing Concerns with S. 744

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  1. avatar
    Patti Melton on

    One more thing, illegal immigrants are receiving free college educations while our own children have to take out loans or work their way through college. This is a disgrace that should not be happening when we have brilliant students that cannot afford to go to college without taking out loans at a high interest rate. The Pell Grant amount, which is for students who cannot afford a loan for school, has not changed since I first went to college in 1979. Instead, U.S. citizens have to apply for loans while children of illegal immigrants get tuition free educations.

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    Patti Melton on

    Illegal immigrants receive more in Social Security benefits, foodstamps, and cash assistance than our own retired citizens who have paid into Social Security. Illegal immigrants have never paid into Social Security but are allowed to file for and receive these benefits. This prevents disabled citizens like myself from being able to receive the help I need. They should be rounded up with their families and deported back to their own countries.

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      Its Getting Worse in 2014 for Our Real Legal American Disabled

      Obamacare was set up to service low wage overpopulation IMO, and very likely, inadequately too….there’s no money to pay for it. The NWO Pundits are putting about 70% of the uninsured [a lion’s share new legal/illegal immigrants] on Social Security’s Medicaid….before overpopulation Medicaid was difficult to pay for on just out legal disabled….now its “slamdunk” its gonna bankrupt America’s heathcare, as Medicaid [Medicare too] only pays a small fraction of the Nurse and Doctor salaries needed. I hear Medicaid only is almost impossible to schedule a doctor’s appointment….92,000,000 are on Medicaid alone.

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    Viola Collier on

    If they can’t go along with the laws they have no business here. And we need better border control and laws to punish the illegals when they are picked up here.

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    If there is no e verify for every job, it’s worse than the status quo. It says get here by hook or crook, wait long enough, and we will legalize you. It’s a fraud.

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      Yes Leland

      The only worse fraud against ou national federal debt is that $85B/mo buying of our own bonds to keep interest rates low to add more overpopulation….welfare to the middle incomes.

      Its all to appease the NWO Chiefs’ planned overpopulation in America and wage degradation [severe housing price degradation too, when we go back to a free mortgage interest rate market with much higher mortgage interest rates, this loose overpopulation debt is doomed to die soon too]