Despite weeks of assurances that border security measures would be in place before aliens received permanent legal status, the committee considered but rejected dozens of amendments that would have strengthened S. 744 both on the border and for American workers.
Next month, S. 744 will go to the floor for a full Senate debate. Without the advantage of a stacked committee, the bill will meet heavy resistance from Republicans and Democrats alike.
Discontent with the overtly anti-American legislation is already at the boiling point. During the committee’s final hours of deliberation, unions objected to a last minute Hatch-Chuck Schumer dirty deal that allows some high tech corporations to avoid a provision that before they can hire H-1B visa overseas workers, they have to offer the job to an American. This translates into more lost American jobs.
And the USCIS and ICE unions’ leaders strongly opposed S.744 because it offers citizens little protection against legalizing hardened criminals. Said Kenneth Palinkas, president of the National Citizenship and Immigration Services Council,
“The legislation will provide legal status to millions of visa overstays while failing to provide for necessary in-person interviews. Legal status is also explicitly granted to millions who have committed serious immigration and criminal offenses, while dramatically boosting future immigration without correcting the flaws in our current legal immigration process. We need immigration reform that works. This legislation, sadly, will not."
Watch the illegal aliens, supposedly "in the shadows" but actually in the Hart Senate Building, chant “Si, se puede” after Leahy announced the final vote. Video here.
This just in and most significant of all. House Judiciary Committee chairman Bob Goodlatte says the Senate bill falls "far short" of what's needed to solve the countries persistent immigration problems. Goodlatte's comments underscore the difficulties ahead of a congressional agreement on immigration even if S.744 passes. [Key House Committee: Immigration Bill 'Falls Far Short,' Associated Press, May 21, 2013]