Letter to the Editor – Corker Amendment is a Cheap Political Ploy – Week of June 3
The Senate is expected to vote on the amnesty bill, S. 744, this week. The bill provides amnesty and immediate access to welfare programs to illegal immigrants, including those who have committed serious crimes. Adding insult to injury, the bill offers nothing in the way of border security, which will guarantee that we will see future influxes of illegal immigrants, perpetuating the need for another amnesty in a few decades.
Senator Corker of Tennessee has introduced a so-called “border security” amendment, which has the support of Sen. Schumer and the GOP establishment. But the amendment is a very clear attempt by the GOP establishment in DC to provide “cover” for their amnesty vote. Corker’s amendment provides additional funding for border security, but does not have the necessary accountability measures to ensure the money will actually produce results. This is the Republicans’ solution – throw more money at a problem and hope for the best? The Corker Amendment, while hailed by establishment Republicans as the answer to our border security problems, actually weakens our border security enforcement and controls. No wonder the border patrol agents are so opposed to this bill and this amendment.
As the Senate plays political games and tries to convince Americans that this bill solves our immigration problem, it is important to remember the following:
- 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.”
Senator Corker may think he has found a clever way of distracting the public from how damaging this bill is, but Americans learned from Obamacare that the fine print in legislation matters. Our immigration policy, with implications for national security and the national deficit and spending, is too important for the Senate to play games. Shame on Senator Corker and his Republican allies for attempting to pass a massive amnesty bill with a cheap political ploy that does nothing to secure the border.
Join your fellow (insert name for local residents, like “Floridians”) this Thursday, June 6th at (insert time) at (insert location) – for a Citizen Intervention for Common Sense.