In other words, it's complex and does nothing to reform immigration. All it does is give amnesty to almost 11 million illegal aliens who broke our immigration laws with the false promise of securing the border, which is what the previous "immigration reform" bill in 1986 did, but on a smaller scale.
The Heritage Foundation has reviewed the bill and listed 10 Problems with the Gang of Eight bill:
The media and many Senators have been trumpeting a new amendment to the bill by Senators Bob Corker (R-TN), John Hoeven (R-ND) and Chuck Schumer (D-NY), saying it would fix the border security holes in the original legislation. But Heritage experts have explained why the amendment is deeply flawed and “does not even promise a reduction in illegal immigration.”
The new border-security language isn’t the only change. When the revised bill was released Friday afternoon, it had ballooned to 1,190 pages. Our colleagues at Heritage Action spent the weekend combing through the bill for other changes. Several sweetheart deals are included in the new bill text, such as special treatment for Alaskan seafood processing and $1.5 billion for youth job training.
Today, the U.S. Senate will vote at 5:30 p.m. to end debate. That’s typical Washington—rush to pass a bill before lawmakers can find out what is in it.
To help you understand what’s at stake, the Heritage Immigration and Border Security Reform Task Force released a paper detailing the top 10 concerns about the bill. Here is an infographic you can share with some of the highlights.
Prof. William Jacobson at Legal Insurrection writes about another big problem with the the bill. It gives the Department of Homeland Security Secretary (Janet Incompatano) great latitude to allow almost anyone to stay in the country and not be deported.
One of the things I learned from Obamacare was that each section of the law could take many hours to understand because of cross-references to other sections and other laws. Amendments make the problem even greater.
Put that problem into a 1000+ page bill, and it is almost impossible to uncover all the mischief — intentional and unintentional — buried in the language, something we are learning after the fact with Obamacare.
The rush to pass the Gang of 8 1000+ page bill is another example. As if that weren’t bad enough to start, Sen. Bob Corker last night unveiled his 1190-page amendment, and Harry Reid is rushing the first test vote to Monday. We have seen this movie before.
There is one provision which has not received a lot of press.
Yesterday Dana Loesch had a series of tweets about a section of the original Gang of 8 bill giving the Secretary of Homeland Security almost complete discretion to waive all other provisions of the law as to removal, deportation and inadmissibility.
It took me many hours to run that down and confirm. And I have done so.
You would think that, after the Boston Marathon jihadist bombing, there would be real immigration reform, done in a simple matter, that would do something about keeping track of those who overstay the visas (as the Boston bombers did). But that's not the case.
This bill has two purposes only. It was put together by willing suckers in the Republican Party (John McLame, Lindsey Grahamnesty, Jeff Flake and the turncoat Marco Rubio) with ultra-partisan Democrats like Upchuck Schumer, the Brooklyn ambulance chaser, to appease media critics who lectured the party after the 2012 election disaster. But it's main purpose (which is why Schumer is involved and Obama is in the shadows) is the electoral destruction of the Republican Party. Why? Despite the phony lectures from the media elites ("You Republicans have to get off this 'no amnesty' and these social issues like abortion and gay marriage"), electoral history has shown that the last amnesty in 1986 did nothing to attract Hispanics to the GOP. Consider also, that, despite the media's lectures about amnesty, a poll taken post Election Day 2012 showed 61% of voters embrace Arizona-style immigration laws, including 40% of Hispanics.
Never mind that the traitor to the Tea Party, Marco Rubio, once opposed the very type of amnesty that he is now pushing through today in the name of "outreach" by the GOP to Hispanics.
Yet Rubio turned his back on this belief and Tea Party principles, in order to give a big wet kiss to Richard Milhous Obama and liberals like Upchuck Schumer, who want nothing more but a one-party electoral rule.
This "Gang of Ocho" legislation is the very antithesis of the Tea Party. It was drafted in secret, with kickbacks and payoffs added, all in one massive bill that is not comprehensive, and must be rushed through for a final vote.
Kind of like Obamacare?
Which is what the Senate's immigration bill is...Obamacare, Part Deux. It puts those who broke immigration laws ahead of those who are playing by the rules to become citizens and throws poor unemployed American workers under the bus.
Any Republican who votes for this monstrosity should be thrown out of office on his butt.