Yesterday, on NBC’s Meet the Press, Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) said she will support the amnesty bill working its way through the Senate. Her disappointing decision was spelled out in detail in an op-ed on her Senate web page.

With an estimated 11 million illegal immigrants in the United States, the status quo isn’t working – it’s de facto amnesty. We need immigration reform that serves the best interests of our country – a solution that finally secures our southern border, implements an employment verification system, stops future waves of illegal immigrants, deports undocumented criminals, creates a tough but fair means for those who are here illegally to earn citizenship, and allows high-skilled and other needed legal immigrants to work here and help grow our economy.

Like other supporters of the immigration “reform” bill, the Senator pretends opposing this bill means supporting the status quo – never mind the border security, E-Verify, and other solutions offered by the bill’s opponents:

For too long, politicians on both sides of the aisle in Washington have failed to lead on this issue. And no doubt there will be naysayers in this debate who will continue to make excuses for inaction. But I ran for the Senate to make tough, independent decisions to strengthen our country, and that’s what it will take to solve our nation’s immigration problems.

Senator Ayotte ran as a conservative in 2010, but she has clearly been influenced by her time in Washington, and her longstanding guides in Senate politics – Senators McCain (R-AZ) and Graham (R-SC), both members of the so-called Gang of Eight. Nowhere in this bill is there an effective solution to stop “waves of illegal immigrants.” Most of the potential positive aspects of the bill require “triggers,” and/or are done at the discretion of the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security.

But most importantly, Senator Ayotte says this bill conducts effective border security. That is a laughable concept – or, rather, it would be laughable if it wasn’t a repeat of the 1986 claims that proved to be very, very wrong.

The first and most important step of immigration reform is border security. Senator Ayotte’s support for amnesty avoids that responsibility entirely. Furthermore, nowhere in her op-ed does she address the massive cost of putting low-income immigrants on America’s massive, unaffordable entitlement programs.

In supporting amnesty, Senator Ayotte has betrayed her state and country in support of the amorphous “bipartisan bill” goal that is so important in Washington, and that has done so much harm to this country.