In 2013, the notorious Gang of Eight in the united States Senate pushed forward a ridiculous anti-American amnesty bill and stood with pride before the American people and said it was good for us. It was summarily ignored by the House of Representatives. Now, the same senators are dusting it off and seeking to revive it.
“I’ll tell you what I’m going to do in 2017,” Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) recently told Politico. “I’m going to take the Gang of Eight bill out, dust it off and ask anybody and everybody who wants to work with me to make it better to do so.”
One has to wonder how such a bad bill could be made “better.” Yet, this is what Mr. Graham claims he will do, but his treason against the Constitution and the people of America is clear.
Politico went on to report:
Graham isn’t the only one eyeing a revival of the Gang of Eight, the bipartisan group of senators that shepherded a sweeping immigration bill through the Senate three years ago only to watch it stall in the House a year later. Propelled by a Republican establishment eager to make inroads with minority voters after losing them by steep margins in the 2012 election, it was the closest Congress came in a generation to overhauling the nation’s immigration laws,
Several influential lawmakers see another opening for immigration reform in 2017, especially if Hillary Clinton wins and the GOP takes another hit among Latinos. Mitt Romney was hammered for his “self-deportation” rhetoric four years ago. But that pales in comparison to Donald Trump’s vow to remove 11 million immigrants here illegally and calling Mexicans who cross the border illegally “rapists” and “murderers.”
Gang of Eight leader Chuck Schumer is poised to become majority leader if Democrats take the Senate this year. And the New York senator already said immigration reform would be a top priority, most recently in an interview last week. The recent Supreme Court deadlock that left President Barack Obama’s controversial executive actions on hold demonstrated that, for now, major changes to the nation’s immigration policy will have to come from Capitol Hill.
Though I believe Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) to have been ineligible for the presidency, I did support his petition against the original legislation. He was also one that exposed a $5,000 penalty for hiring citizens over legalized aliens and claimed that he was “guilty as charged” for opposing amnesty.
The Gang of Eight legislation does not help Americans in the least, but rather hurts them. Graham and those who join him, should not simply dust this bill off. They should simply trash it and start all over.