The Senate voted 68-to-32 to pass the long-debated immigration bill on June 27, with 14 Republicans joining 52 Democrats and two independents. The extraordinary protocol for the vote highlighted its importance, with Vice President Biden presiding and the senators voting from their desks.
In 2011 the IRS paid out tens of millions of dollars in federal refunds to thousands of illegal immigrant workers who claimed single addresses around the nation.
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) launched a national petition on June 20 to oppose the bipartisan Senate Gang of Eight’s immigration bill. His e-mail to supporters read: "This is urgent. We must stop this Gang of 8 immigration bill, which would give amnesty to an estimated 11 million illegal immigrants with no guarantee of a secure border."
Senatorial votes on amendments to the "comprehensive immigration reform" bill and Republican rhetoric continue to convince conservatives that the bill is just amnesty by another name and that it will not slow illegal immigration.
Preventing voter fraud is the aim of an amendment to the immigration bill offered Monday by Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.).
As the debate in Congress intensifies over so-called “comprehensive immigration reform” amid fierce opposition from conservatives, critics are hammering the S. 744 legislation from all angles, arguing that it would provide amnesty to potentially tens of millions of illegal immigrants while costing trillions and doing nothing to secure the border. This week, meanwhile, an organization that advocates on behalf of law enforcement officers and Border Patrol agents added its own opposition to the plan due to numerous concerns over national security, uncontrolled immigration, agent safety, and more.
There are plenty of reasons to oppose the latest immigration reform bill, including the tendency of the bill to protect illegal immigrants who have committed serious crimes.
The Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday voted down an amendment to require certification of border security before a bill to grant legal status and a "path to citizenship" to the estimated 11-12 million people here illegally could take effect.
As persuasive as the Heritage Foundation study is of the costs of amnesty contained in the bill crafted by the "Gang of Eight," no mention is made whatever of the costs involved in the loss of national sovereignty if the bill becomes law.
Attorney General Eric Holder's claim that a "pathway to citizenship" is a civil right of the nation's estimated 11 million illegal immigrants may have gone unnoticed by the major news media, but it did not escape the attention of immigration reform foes on the Internet.