The Democrats voted unanimously to pass SB 744, the senate immigration bill. They have been killing our democratic republic for years, so this is no surprise. However, two architects of the bill were Republican Senators Jeff Flake and John McCain. They both violated one of the tenets of their own Republican platform, specifically this one, “It is the duty of the federal and state government to protect our citizens by securing our borders, including, completing the border fence without delay.”
SB 744 does not require any additional border fencing or the completion of our current border fencing requirements. It only requires the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to submit to Congress a strategy of recommendations for additional necessary fencing.
Here are a few other items in the 800-plus page bill: You can have two DUIs and still be eligible for a path to citizenship. It voids state and local E-verify laws. Tucked away in the Corker-Hoeven (“Border Surge”) amendment is a kickback for Las Vegas hotel and casino chains. The provision permanently authorizes $100,000,000 in annual funding to certain parts of the country to promote tourism under the Travel Promotion Fund, posing a win for Nevada Senators Dean Heller and Harry Reid. (Sec. 1102(f), p. 66)
Here’s some pork for Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT). The bill creates a slush “Youth Jobs Fund” for FY 2014-2015 using $1.5 billion from the U.S. Treasury. Until the kickback, Sen. Sanders was an outspoken critic of the bill for taking jobs away from Americans. He has since been silent. (Title V, p. 1169)
SB 744 provides $300 million for La Raza and other liberal immigrants’ rights groups, which the federal government would contract to assist future U.S. citizens with applications and offer them legal advice.
What could possibly go wrong?