Senator [FULL NAME]
June 10, 2013
I am writing as your constituent to tell you that I am extremely disappointed that the Senate is rushing to pass S.744, the amnesty bill. At more than 1,000 pages, the bill is simply too large and too complex for the Senate to be racing forward toward a vote.
According to recent polls, more than 70% of Americans want the border to be completely secured before we begin to discuss any other components of the immigration system. The Senate amnesty bill, however, gets it exactly wrong by weakening existing security measures in many instances, and leaving the rest of our border security in the hands of the executive branch, which is already defying current immigration laws. To make matters worse, the only apparent priority of the bill is to grant amnesty to millions of people who are here illegally.
The Immigration and Customs Enforcement Employees Union opposes S. 744 and says the bill would pose a “danger to the general public.” As our nation’s premier experts on border security matters, shouldn’t they have been consulted during this process? Instead, the Senate completely blocked the ICE union out of the discussions.
My question for you is simple: Have you read the bill in its entirety? Are you comfortable with all of the ramifications of the bill, including the cost and the bill’s impact on border security? The American public deserves – and we are now demanding – that our elected officials read bills before voting on them. Our nation’s immigration system is simply too important not to read the entire bill.
I hope the American people can count on you to vote against Sen. Schumer’s rushed amnesty bill.