The Senate Amnesty Bill’s Lack of Accountability

The Senate Judiciary Committee on May 21st voted in favor of Senator Schumer’s amnesty bill, S. 744.  The bill grants immediate amnesty to illegal immigrants, including those who have committed serious crimes.  The bill will radically transform American society, which is why it’s so mystifying why the Senate is ramming this bill through.

During the discussions about S. 744, Senators on both sides of the aisle promised that this bill would achieve border security.  But in reality, the bill provides amnesty to tens of millions of illegal immigrants before any border security measures are in place.   This is utter nonsense!  Polling indicates that Americans overwhelmingly support securing the border first, but Congress is once again ignoring the will of the American people.

This amnesty bill erodes government accountability.  Instead of writing specific immigration laws, the Gang of Eight in the Senate has simply written 900 pages of “suggestions” for the Secretary of Homeland Security to implement.  But the Secretary of Homeland Security is part of the federal bureaucracy.  She is not elected by the people, and she can never be held accountable for her actions.  If she fails to secure the border, there will not be any consequences or any way for voters to hold her accountable.

The recent IRS scandal really highlights the danger of handing too much power and discretion to unelected bureaucrats.  How can we expect any different outcome from giving unelected officials so much power in the area of immigration and national security?

Our Founding Fathers envisioned a government that would be accountable to the people.  They never could have imagined that Congress would be so comfortable shirking its duties and handing off total control of our national security to an unelected, unaccountable bureaucrat.

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