5 More Reasons the Gang of Eight’s Immigration Bill is a Bad Idea

Last week, Heritage Action shared 5 simple signs that the Senate immigration bill was bad news. Here are five more reasons this is an unworkable and undesirable solution to America’s broken immigration system.

1. It undermines the rule of law.   

America is based squarely on the rule of law. The opportunity people seek when they come to this country is predicated on the rule of law.   Why would any law-abiding American embrace a bill that tells 11 million people that they should be rewarded for coming here unlawfully?  It’s amnesty, and it is wrong.

2. It’s a déjà vu. 

Think 1986Three million illegal immigrants were given amnesty Politicians promised that they’d just legalize everyone and then crack down on anyone else that tried to come in.

Today, lawmakers are promising that they’ll just legalize everyone and then crack down on anyone else that tries to come in.  That was a bad idea in 1986, and it’s still a bad idea.  It is not too much to ask that Washington politicians, the media pundits and special interests learn from the mistakes of the past.

3. It undermines border security. 

Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX), the Senate’s second-ranking Republican and a member of the immigration, refugees and border security subcommittee, has said that this immigration bill would actually undermine border security because “the border patrol will shift resources away, in a preannounced fashion, from most of the border sectors in order to reach the goals for only a few.” 

4. It’s a comprehensive mess.

This 844-page bill addresses a mind numbing number of immigration related issues.  Comprehensive legislation forces Senators to say YEA or NAY to EVERYTHING in the bill.  They are forced to focus on the really bad parts, instead of focusing on how to fix the flaws with the current system.  That’s why Sen. Cruz recently advised his colleagues to focus on areas of agreement first.

5. It’s self-defeating. 

Heritage’s Jim Carafano explains:

 The bill requires certification of “border triggers” for stemming the tide of illegal border crossings before additional steps in the legalization process can proceed.

Amnesty creates an incentive for illegal border crossings and overstays. Thus, the strategy laid out would drive up the cost of securing the border. Just throwing money at the border does not make sense. The policies adopted on both sides of the border are more important.

The long and short of it is that this bill throws money at securing the border and in the next breath encourages people to cross said border because they know very well they’ll get amnesty eventually.

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27 thoughts on “5 More Reasons the Gang of Eight’s Immigration Bill is a Bad Idea

  1. The constitution is the law of the land. End of story! There are laws on the books on illegal immagration and secureing our border states !! With 48 million citizens on foodstamps 16million on s.s disability. 98million jobless ! 17 trillion in debt and they won’t even audit the federal resesrve!! And the government wants to give 11 million illegal immagrints amnesty ! Something is terriblely wrong with our government purposely following a path to destruction!!! Like they are planning faliure purposely I do not at all understsnd there reasoning!!! One citizens OPINION!!!!!

    • Lance…Your so right, about laws on the books…..Then enters Obama who’s says they (the immigrants ) broke a few rules ….Once again a crock of sh* t Americans are force fed by our government …Next they’ll say they want to run health care for all…..

  2. The other aspects of Amnesty leads to much more as described in my factual article, such as Welfare that many illegals and legal immigrants are on coming from south of our border as opposed from elsewhere in the world. It also points out what the author(s) said, in their own words, during the 1800’s when the “Citizenship” clause of the 14th Amendment was hammered out. The “gang of eight” should take note. Here is a snippet of that article:

    The “gang of eight” in the senate has been behind closed doors with the AFL-CIO (Unions) and businesses to hammer out an Amnesty Bill for 11 million Illegal Aliens in the country. At first glance where did they get these numbers? Maybe from the Welfare payments that Illegal Aliens receive, yes Welfare payments.

    The (Democrats in this video) pulled a fast one on Republicans when they voted to give Illegal Aliens Welfare. Then there is the question on rather or not children born of Illegal Alien parents are actually U.S. citizens. The drafter of the actual citizenship
    clause and the Judiciary committee of the time (1800’s), say otherwise. –more– of the piece here with graphics: http://www.examiner.com/article/amnesty-increases-democrat-votes-and-higher-welfare-rolls

  3. Okay maybe you are correct – rather than stepping up and fixing a major
    problem it is better to ignore it; after all it can be fixed later when we
    reach 20 million illegals! I personally think this is a stupid approach but one
    we Republicans seem to continually endorse.

    Yes prior approaches have not worked, but that means Congress MUST be more
    diligent when crafting the current proposal, Stop whining and stating “no
    way” lets stiffen the sections to make them truly effective. A plan to continuously
    measure illegal crossing which if above the goals then stops or delays the time
    illegal’s time to get to the front of the line is a must. The illegal’s need to
    have some skin in the effectiveness of border enforcement, they can prove
    helpful stopping the flow if it hurts them when broken. Equally as important is
    the need to have the Fed cut off access to any/all benefits for illegal’s…even
    if it must remove money going to states who desire to continue to allow it.
    Thus, as happened years ago anyone sponsoring an immigrant is responsible for
    the financing of that person until they become a citizen.

    There many more improvements like making the enforcement mandatory no matter
    who is president even if it makes lack of enforcement an impeachable event. The
    House is key toward adding all of the protecting value as the Senate (in its
    totality) has lost its interest in following our Constitution.

  4. I will make this very simple, if you are in this country illegally you must leave and if you can not do this on your own we must force you to leave by any legal means available

  5. If your house is broken into just putting a better lock on the doors with a note on the door thats says. Come in through the windows they are opened and there will money and food on the table take all you want but leave by the front door and tell your friends nothing will happen to you if you are good. And we will leave the widows open for your friends.
    That is our border.

  6. The first step in solving this quagmire is to secure our borders, particularly our southern border. This will be next to impossible under the current regime. The next step is to find out exactly who is in the country illegally. Those here illegally, who are well known to law enforcement as habitual offenders and criminals should be deported as soon as possible. There’s no reason United States taxpayers should have to pay to support these criminals. The rest need to be sorted out in a constitutional, sensible and humane fashion. The key in all of this is to have verifiable secure borders. This can be done if enough of the American people demand it, despite Obama.

  7. This is why we need to start putting congressmen and senators that will be the balance and start agreeing on the things that they agree on an Americans agree on this is why it is so important to start voting out these crooked Democrats and the Republicans that don’t want to start reading these bills

    ,, there is no reason these bills cannot be simplified and made easy to read and put on the Internet site all Americans can see the bills

  8. I voted for Rubio and even went to rallies made phone calls to get him elected even when he was so far behind. Rubio breathed the air and drank the water in Washington and the American people no longer mattered only furthering his career mattered, for that he needs money so he sold his soul to those wanting cheap labor and he is producing it. The simple solution to protecting the border and our visa laws are through passing a strong mandatory E-Verifying law and place it in all work sites, schools, colleges and government service offices. This action will result in Attrition through Enforcement. Anyone not familiar with E-Verify can go to SELF CHECK and check yourself you will find now simple, easy, fast and accurate it is and it would also prevent most identity theft. We know that rewarding those that have violated our borders and visa laws only encourages more violations, proof being after the 1986 blanket amnesty there have been six additional ones with the result we have today. I made a mistake in believing Rubio, that will not happen again.

    • Hate to burst your bubble but Rubio has always been a supporter of illegal aliens. He spent years in the Florida Legislature blocking state level enforcement bills. And, while I know that he ran for federal office on a platform that included “no amnesty”, his actions have always spoken louder than his words. A little research, before offering your support, would have been very enlightening.

  9. Sen. Marco Rubio
    Sen. Mac Cain



    America Gave Them Everything And
    They Hated And Betrayed Us


    No Free Citizenship, No Free Jobs, No Free Phones
    No Gang Of Eight Sell-Out


    To all members here Please send this one to the Retarded Imbeciles in congress.

  10. And the border security metrics will only apply to three of the nine border crossing sites. Smugglers always change routes when there is increased enforcement. Check out comments from Kris Korbach, Jamie Kephart, Chris Crane at recent Senate immigration hearing. Your stomach will turn when you hear what they found in the bill.

  11. We spend billions of dollars on free education, medical, food, and housing for illegal immigrants, we can spend billions deporting every last illegal immigrant.

  12. Before ANY more discussions, FIRST fully secure OUR Border with the completion of the approved (in 2006) 700 mile, 2-layer fence, and pass Mandatory E-verify! ! ! Or we will just be dealing with a worse mess in a few years. NO More Amnesties!!! Period !

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  14. I take a hard line…I think that we should lock down the southern border…Go after those who overstayed their visas, and deport the rest who came here illegally…Why should they get amnesty when these politicians would gladly punish an American citizen for any and all crimes?? It is a slap in the face to those coming here legally..By the way I keep hearing we are going to put these illegals to the back of the line, but that is little more than a lie when the “back of the line” starts in their country of origin.

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  16. Found this very interesting…..copy and paste it everywhere!
    HEY OBAMA FORGOT ABOUT THIS LAW……Islam, by law, is prohibited from US immigration
    The Immigration and Nationality Act passed June 27, 1952 revised the laws relating to immigration, naturalization, and nationality for the United States. That act, which became Public Law 414, established both the law and the intent of Congress regarding the immigration of Aliens to the US and remains in effect today. Among the many issues it covers, one in particular, found in Chapter 2 Section 212, is the prohibition of entry to the US if the Alien belongs to an organization seeking to overthrow the government of the United States by “force, violence, or other unconstitutional means.” This, by its very definition, rules out Islamic immigration to the United States, but this law is being ignored by the White House.Islamic immigration to the US would be prohibited under this law because the Koran, Sharia Law and the Hadith all require complete submission to Islam, which is antithetical to the US government, the Constitution, and to the Republic. All Muslims who attest that the Koran is their life’s guiding principal subscribe to submission to Islam and its form of government. Now the political correct crowd would say that Islamists cannot be prohibited from entering the US because Islam is a religion. Whether it is a religion is immaterial because the law states that Aliens who are affiliated with any “organization” that advocates the overthrow of our government are prohibited.

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