Fax your Senator on Amnesty: Letter #1 – Enforcement and Triggers

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Dear Senator NAME:

I’m writing you to express my concern over the amnesty bill (S744) that will be coming up for a vote shortly.

The Obama Administration and the Gang of Eight are spreading disinformation (or lies) about this bill in order to assure a repeat of the 1988 Immigration Amnesty farce.  You’ll recall that in 1988 the Congress promised President Reagan that in return for accepting amnesty first for about 1,000,000 illegal aliens the southern border would be secured.

That never happened.

We keep hearing that we “have to do something” because our immigration law is broken.  I would respectfully submit that it’s our “immigration enforcement” that is broken, not our laws.

Now we’re looking at round two.  The mantra is, once again, “Amnesty First, Then Security”.   Please Senator, once is enough.  Do not buy into the lie this time.

Here are a couple of things to consider as you decide how you will vote.

First, any enforcement will have to be done by the Department of Homeland Security which has shown not just a reluctance to enforce existing immigration law but has worked with the administration to blatantly find ways to avoid enforcement.  As an example, Judicial Watch, on April 2, 2012, noted the following action on “Unlawful Presence Waivers”.

In its quest to implement stealth amnesty, the Obama Administration is working behind the scenes to halt the deportation of certain illegal immigrants by granting them “unlawful presence waivers.”

The new measure would apply to illegal aliens who are relatives of American citizens. Here is how it would work, according to a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announcement posted in today’s Federal Register, the daily journal of the U.S. government; the agency will grant “unlawful presence waivers” to illegal aliens who can prove they have a relative that’s a U.S. citizen.


We have no assurance that DHS would actually enforce the new immigration law, which is loaded with loopholes, any better than they’ve enforced the current law.

Second, the Gang of Eight assures us that there are multiple “triggers” in this legislation.  They’ve actually talked about just two.

  • Six months after passage of the legislation, DHS has to submit a strategy on border security and a strategy on how to spend $1.5 billion on more fencing.
  • Within five years DHS must submit “written certification” to the President and Congress that the goal for border security has been met.  If it hasn’t been met, a Border Commission will have six months to issue a report and recommendation on how to spend another $2 billion on security.  DHS doesn’t have to comply with the recommendation.

Nothing here assures that the border will be any more secure than it is today, and Secretary Napolitano has already said that the border is more secure today than it’s ever been.

Senator, please don’t be played a fool by the Gang of Eight.

S744 will not secure the border.  It will only spend billions of dollars and 11 million plus illegal aliens will get amnesty.

Please vote no on S744.

Thank you,


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