The newly amended 1,198-page "comprehensive" immigration bill was plunked on Senate desks last Friday afternoon. On Monday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid forced through an initial vote over the objections of senators who said they had not read it. Sen. Mike Lee labeled the ploy "banana republic" politics.
The bill bribes reluctant senators to get their votes. A provision
slipped in to extend taxpayer-financed advertising for Las Vegas casinos
and other tourist attractions converted Sen. Dean Heller of Nevada into
a last-minute co-sponsor. A $1.3 billion jobs program mollified Sen.
Bernie Sanders (Sec. 1102(f), Sec. 1501).
Top banana Harry Reid is spending your money to buy support for his
agenda and power. The nation is reeling under the Obama health law,
rammed through the Senate by Reid in a similarly corrupt manner. The
hurried vote on Monday produced a 67 to 27 majority (including 15
Republicans) that will move immigration reform to a final Senate vote
later this week, and then on to the House of Representatives.
The House should discard the Senate bill and give us a series of
20-page bills in plain, honest English that members will read before
voting. Opponents of the Senate bill object to its failure to secure the
borders. Last week, the Congressional Budget Office report validated
their concern, concluding that the bill would reduce illegal immigration
by a meager 25 percent, making future amnesty crises inevitable.
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