"I feel that are another five within reach."
That was what the No. 2 Senate Democrat Dick Durbin told reporters yesterday as he explained his plan to grant amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants. We need "11 Republican names," Durbin said. "We believe we have five or six strongly moving in our direction, and I feel that are another five within reach."
In January, the Trump administration said the Durbin proposal "would exacerbate the worst features of our immigration system by increasing illegal immigration and increasing chain migration." Make no mistake, the Senate is debating amnesty for millions of illegal immigrants, and Durbin would have us repeat the mistakes of 1986 all over again. And a handful of Republican Senators could make all the difference.
Every single member of Congress needs to know the Durbin proposal is a non-starter because it:
- Fails to Secure the Border
- Increases Illegal Immigration and Guarantees Future Amnesties
- Grants Citizenship to Millions of "DREAMers" and Grants Legal Status to Their Parents
- Increases Chain Migration
- Fails to End the Visa Lottery
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The other plans in Senate are equally as bad.
Possible Senate Proposals
Once the Senate votes to begin debate on DACA, we expect the following proposals to be offered.
1) The White House Proposal -- Sens. Chuck Grassley and John Cornyn have drafted legislation that reflects the White House DACA proposal. It would expand DACA to grant an immediate amnesty to approximately 1.8 million illegal aliens. It calls for a $25 billion trust fund to build the border wall and improve overall border security. It would eliminate the Visa Lottery and halt new applications for Chain Migration, but use those supposedly eliminated visas to bring in the backlog of more than 4 million foreigners, which could take 15-20 years.
2) Gang of 6 Proposal -- The Gang of 6 is led by former Gang of 8 members Senators Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Dick Durbin (D-Ill.). It also includes a few other former Gang of 8 members, including Senators Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), and Jeff Flake (R-Fla.). Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) is also part of the group.
Their proposal would grant an immediate amnesty to 3.2 million young-adult illegal aliens and their illegal-alien parents. It includes $1.6 billion for a border wall, but it restricts the funding to only making improvements to existing fencing. It fails to end Chain Migration and repurposes the Visa Lottery green cards, allowing half of them to be issued to foreigners from Lottery countries and the other half for TPS recipients.
3) "Common Sense" Caucus -- There are few details from this led by Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) that includes moderate Republicans and Democrats.
The Washington Times reported last night that the proposal would grant amnesty to the 1.8 million illegal aliens identified by the White House, authorize $25 billion for a border wall, but only appropriate about 10% of it, and make tweaks to the Visa Lottery and Chain Migration without reducing overall immigration numbers.
4) McCain/Coons -- Senators John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Chris Coons (D-Del.) have their own "skinny" proposal that would grant amnesty to 3.2 million illegal aliens and require a government study on the effectiveness of building a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. While the McCain/Coons proposal is unlikely to get anywhere, several Republican Senators have discussed a smaller deal that would trade a DACA amnesty for border security funding.
4) Flake proposal -- Senator Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) is proposing a fallback plan should the Senate fail to agree on anything. His proposal would pair a 3-year legislative extension of DACA with some border funding. This proposal could gain some serious momentum if none of the proposals listed above receive 60 votes.
Again, none of these proposals would fulfill the wishes of Americans to reduce legal immigration. Please call the Senate TODAY and tell them to oppose any proposal that doesn't reduce legal immigration.