The Senate Amnesty Bill: Weak on Border Security

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, and does nothing to secure our borders.

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 more than 70% of Americans support securing the border first, but Congress is once again ignoring the will of the American people.

S. 744 has many flaws, but here are some of the most serious shortcomings related to border security:

  • S. 744 does not secure the border or strengthen national security in any way.
  • S.744 does not add any additional Border Patrol agents to patrol the vast land areas between ports of entry.
  • S.744 does not require any border security measures be taken on the northern border or along the coasts, which is where many illegal immigrants arrive.
  • S.744 leaves in place policies that direct immigration agents to release illegal immigrants the Administration deems “low priority.”

Now is the time to call our Senators and tell them to vote NO on cloture (the motion to proceed) on this bill.  We should definitely not proceed on any bill that isn’t serious about border security.