Republican Congressman Lamar Smith slammed the new immigration bill released this week calling it, in essence, the “Senate’s amnesty proposal.”
The first hearing on the new immigration reform proposal put forth by the bi-partisan Senate Gang of Eight will take place Friday morning.
NJ Sen. Bob Menendez touted the bill as the compromise Americans wanted.
According to NBC Latino:
“It accomplishes something the American people have been asking for — true bipartisan compromise,” said Senator Menendez. The New Jersey Senator said the proposed legislation provides a tough, but fair pathway to citizenship, and it recognizes family unity by allowing the immediate reunification of green card holders with their spouses and minor children, as well as proposing that people waiting for green cards in the family system can come to the U.S. to work and be with their families while they wait.
However, Smith issued a statement Wednesday saying the bill “is worse than we thought,” and expressed his concerns about “massive amnesty.”
It’s hard to believe, but the Senate immigration bill is worse than we thought. Despite assurances, the border is not secured before almost everyone in the country illegally is given amnesty. The bill guarantees there will be a rush across the border to take advantage of massive amnesty.
And the Senate proposal offers amnesty to far more illegal immigrants than we thought. In addition to most of the 11 million illegal immigrants already in the country, the bill offers to legalize the relatives of illegal immigrants outside the U.S. and even others who have already been deported back home. So current immigration laws are shredded.
The Senate bill is bad news for the American people. The good news is that the House Judiciary Committee will come up with a better plan that improves our immigration system and puts the interests of American workers first.