FAIR Alert: Senate Votes on Amendments to Gang of Eight Bill TODAY

Tell Your Senators to Support Thune #1197 and Vitter #1228!

Debate in the U.S. Senate continues today on the Gang of Eight’s amnesty legislation, S. 744.

Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) has scheduled a series of votes to take place this afternoon at 3 p.m. FAIR is asking its supporters to call their Senators and ask them to vote for two key border security amendments: Amendment #1197 by Senator John Thune (R-SD), and Amendment #1228 by Senator David Vitter (R-LA).

Call your Senators using the Capitol Switchboard NOW: 1-888-978-3094.

The amendments would do the following:

1. Senator Thune’s Border Fence Amendment (#1197)

Amendment #1197 would require construction of half of the 700 miles of reinforced, double-layered fencing along the Southern border (as initially required by the Secure Fence Act) as a precondition to illegal aliens receiving provisional legal status under the bill. Then, illegal aliens granted this provisional status cannot apply for green cards until the remaining half of the fence is built. As written, S. 744 does not require a single mile of fencing to be built.

2. Senator Vitter’s US-VISIT Amendment (#1228)

Amendment #1228 would prohibit illegal aliens from getting any legal status until the Secretary of Homeland Security certifies that the biometric entry-exit system known as US-VISIT has been fully implemented at every land, sea, and air port of entry, and Congress passes a joint resolution stating that such entry-exit system has been sufficiently implemented. As written, S. 744 does not require an entry-exit system be biometric, nor that it be in place at all ports of entry, prior to any amnesty.

These amendments are critical to ensuring border security comes first in the Gang of Eight bill!

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