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.
Conservative members of Congress, including Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas) and Sen. Jeff Sessions (R.-Ala.), have expressed sharp criticism of the 844-page immigration bill filed on the Senate floor on Wednesday, April 17 by the bipartisan “Gang of Eight.”
Citing national security, high American unemployment, budget deficits, and safety concerns, critics lambasted the Obama administration’s Department of Homeland Security for its recent decision to purchase over $7 million of U.S. Border Patrol uniforms that are made in Mexico. All across the political spectrum, members of the media, Congress, and law-enforcement advocates say the goods should be produced in America. However, despite previous uproars in recent years over similar contracts, the administration claims that it must accept the Mexican-made uniforms under the North American Free Trade Agreement.
Thousands of supporters of immigration reform gathered in Washington, D.C., on April 10, with the main event of the day being the Citizenship for 11 Million rally held on the West Lawn of the Capitol. The Washington Post reported that the rally was co-sponsored by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and CASA of Maryland, identified as an “immigrant advocacy group.”
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano has predicted that the large number of immigrants taking up residency in Arizona will change the traditionally Republican stronghold into a Democrat-majority state.
In an Easter Sunday interview with Candy Crowley on CNN's State of the Union program, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said an agreement on an immigration reform plan has been reached by the bipartisan “Gang of Eight” senators.