Early this morning, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) filed a motion to begin debate on the Gang of Eight amnesty bill, S. 744, setting up a VOTE EARLY NEXT WEEK ON WHETHER TO BRING THE BILL TO THE SENATE FLOOR! We know the pro-amnesty forces plan to move quickly, as Gang of Eight leader Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) has predicted a final vote on the legislation by July 4. That’s why we need you to call your U.S. Senator today and tell him or her to oppose S. 744!
S. 744 puts amnesty first and enforcement in the backseat, leaving promises of future improvements unfulfilled — just as it did in 1986. We cannot repeat past mistakes and we are calling on you to help us prevent this bill from passing. Just over 3 million illegal aliens received amnesty in 1986. Nearly 30 years later, if Congress passes S. 744 four times as many – or an estimated 12 million illegal aliens — could be amnestied, all at a time when 22 million Americans are unemployed or working part-time because they have no other option.
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Drafters of the bill refer to it as the toughest measure in U.S. history, but this is a bold-faced lie by the amnesty lobby. How can it be tough if it grants amnesty to illegal aliens after the Secretary of Homeland Security submits mere plans to secure the border? Other ways the bill puts amnesty first include:
Prohibits the deportation of illegal aliens until their amnesty application is processed.
Does not require any additional border fencing or completion of current border fence requirements.
Does not require illegal aliens to learn English or pay back taxes in order to be amnestied. In fact, the pro-amnesty majority of the Senate Judiciary Committee expressly rejected an amendment that would have required illegal aliens to pay back taxes.
Does not prohibit criminal street gang members from obtaining amnesty.
Allows in-state tuition and federal financial aid for illegal aliens, subsidized by taxpayers.
Does not require a biometric entry-exit system as already required by current law at all land, air, and sea ports of entry to ensure visitors don’t overstay their visas.
Finally, the S. 744 amnesty will cost U.S. taxpayers $6.3 trillion in federal spending over the course of 50 years!
For more on these reasons and many more on why this bill is bad for the American people, see FAIR’s Top 40 Reasons to Oppose the Gang of Eight Bill.