June 3, 2013
Senator [FULL NAME]
I am writing as your constituent to tell you that I am extremely disappointed that the Senate is rushing to pass the amnesty bill (S. 744), despite the bill’s lack of border security measures. For decades, Americans have been waiting for our government to get serious about border security and enforcing the immigration laws already on the books. In fact, according to recent polls, more than 70% of Americans want the border to be completely secure before we begin any talks about amnesty. The Senate amnesty bill, however, gets it exactly wrong and prioritizes amnesty over border security.
These are a few of the bill’s major shortcomings:
- 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.”
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.
The American public deserves – and we are now demanding – a more open and transparent process. Reforming our entire immigration system with a massive 1000-page piece of legislation that was authored by special interest groups and without the input of border security experts, is certainly not the answer.
The 2010 elections proved that voters do hold elected officials accountable. Next year’s elections will be another opportunity for us to voice our objections.