5 Simple Signs the Senate Immigration Bill is Bad News

Over the coming days and weeks, there will be reams of analysis produced on the comprehensive immigration bill filed by the Gang of Eight.  As experts dive into the text, let’s look at five immediate signs sure to raise skepticism from law-abiding Americans.

1. Its length. 

Congress doesn’t do comprehensive well, especially on something as complex as immigration.  One of the many reasons people knew Obamacare would not turn out as promised was because it was roughly 2,000 pages.  The Gang of Eight’s comprehensive immigration reform bill is 844 pages!

The Heritage Foundation has posted the text of the bill on the Foundry in hopes that you will read it.  However, the sheer length is intimidating.  Controversial parts of this legislation may be buried deep within, so you have to dig.  We’ll dig, too.

2. Its timing. 

The Gang of Eight’s comprehensive immigration bill was introduced in the Senate today in the wee hours of the morning – 2:37 AM to be exact.  That’s just two days before the first hearing and, as one keen observer noted on Twitter, the late-night introduction “means all the editorial writers lauding it in the papers today didn’t read it.”

3. Its supporters.

Consider this:

President Obama hailed the proposal — which would give provisional legal status to an estimated 11 million people in the country illegally and put them on a pathway to citizenship — as “largely consistent” with his own vision for an overhaul of the country’s immigration system. 

Unfortunately, President Obama and his liberal friends in Congress value their ideological vision for changing America over the rule of law, which is part of what makes America a great place to live.  They are talking about changing America, not welcoming new Americans.

4. It’s being rushed.

President Obama said:

I urge the Senate to quickly move this bill forward and, as I told Senators Schumer and McCain, I stand willing to do whatever it takes to make sure that comprehensive immigration reform becomes a reality as soon as possible. (emphasis added)

Thomas Sowell explains the rashness of this mentality and adds this issue should be approached with circumspection:

Most laws are meant to stop people from doing something, and to penalize those who disregard those laws. More generally, laws are meant to protect the society from the law breakers.

But our immigration laws are different. Here the whole focus is on the “plight” of those who have broken the laws, and on what can be done to lift the stigma and ease the pressures they feel, so that they can “come out of the shadows” and “normalize” their lives.

Making an irreversible decision to add millions of people — and their dissimilar cultures — permanently to the American body politic is something that should take months of careful examination and discussion, both inside and outside of Congress.

5. It’s amnesty.

Again, 11 million people here illegally would be rewarded for their illegal actions by being allowed to stay in order to get on a “pathway to citizenship.”  The Examiner’s Conn Carroll mocked the bill’s triggers, calling them “worthless.”

The Heritage Foundation’s David S. Addington explains that no matter what form it takes, amnesty discourages respect for the rule of law.  He cautions:

Congress should not adopt failed policies of the past, such as an amnesty, which discourages respect for the law, treats law-breakers better than law-followers, and encourages future unlawful immigration. 

None of this is to say that our immigration system could not be made better; in fact, conservatives believe fixing the legal immigration process is essential.  Our country benefits from legal immigration, and it should be encouraged.  Congress should also continue to work to prevent unlawful immigration, secure our borders, and address the issue of visa overstays.

Simply put, there is a better way than the Gang of Eight’s comprehensive legislation.

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6 thoughts on “5 Simple Signs the Senate Immigration Bill is Bad News

  1. Why does everything have to be rushed ?Why was the law put together with only 8 members of congress? Why wasn’t this done with transparency as promised ?What is in it and is everyone going to be allowed to read it and understand it before its voted on? The American people deserve answers to these and many more questions.

  2. Rubio is a big disappointment. The Gang of 8 is a Gang of thugs bullying the American citizens.This is all part of the push to global rule.

  3. Senator Rubio,
    As a contributor to your election campaign and a strong supporter of Conservative causes I can only hope that someone in your office reads Conservative posts ( I agree not likely). Since my representatives in Maryland has little concern for constitutional matters or limited government, I look to other leaders in the Senate to support and communicate my thoughts and concerns. I am expressing my thoughts on the immigration bill working its way through the Senate. I applauded the leadership role you have provided for conservatives and I appreciate the difficulty of your task in a Senate that is driven by liberal Democrats.
    My current research on the Senate immigration bill has left me with concerns regarding the process for legalization of immigrants and the likely fraud and
    abuse this law will enable if enacted as written. In Maryland I have a friend that worked for a short time (before quitting) for a lawyer who made “legal papers” for illegal immigrants that she sold at local yard sales. Her explanation of the process and the scope of such illegal activity convinced me that there are many in our country that are willing to promote fraud either for personal profit or advancing an open boarders agenda. In listening to the many speakers on CSPAN who both oppose and support the legalization process in the bill, I can tell you from the streets that this bill will be severally abused and that there are insufficient provisions in the bill to prevent this from happening.
    I have other concerns regarding, what seems to be, a dual track to citizenship for illegal as opposed to legal requests for citizenship with others that are already in the queue. I am also concerned this bill increase millions crossing the border to gain legal status in the United States, which along with the fraud mentioned above is not mitigated in this bill.
    I ask that you consider opposing views of the bill that are being presented to the Senate and help modify the bill to strengthen the weaknesses. To be honest, if the Senate cannot achieve consensus without these provisions being addressed I would prefer the issue to be tabled to allow a more public debate and time to mature the arguments. I am not opposed to compromise, but I am opposed to the method of hidden deals and secret agreements instead of a public debate and time to address real issues.
    Please remember you are representing the whole country as you lead the immigration effort for the Republican party. Please do not make the same mistake that our great President did with the immigration bill in the 80s, that failed to address the same type of issues, only to require yet another bill. I’m tired of bills on immigration; let’s do this one right, not fast.
    I have no other way to express my thoughts to you except through public channels like this that I know you likely will not read , but I have to communicate somehow due to the importance of this issue to me, my children, and our future.

    Patrick A. Dant

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