In 2006, Flake, Schumer, Graham, Durbin, and McCain all voted for the Secure Fence Act that was supposedly going to create a border fence. However, the Democratic Congress cut the funding for the fence and it was never built. The new blueprint says nothing about a border fence or troops on the ground, but merely increasing “infrastructure” and “technology,” something that both President Bush and Obama claimed they had already done. In fact, in 2011, Janet Napolitano said “The border is better now than it ever has been.”
The Gang of 8 also promises workforce verification, by “developing a tough, fair, effective and mandatory employment verification system.” Sounds good, except that there already is a tough, fair, and effective employment verification system called E-Verify. However, the Gang’s proposal does not mention E-Verify. We can only assume that they will eliminate the program and replace it with a new program that is filled with loopholes.
The proposal also massively increases legal immigration. It calls for unlimited high skilled immigration and massive low skilled guest worker programs. They also propose that the amnestied illegal immigrants will not receive green cards until “every individual who is already waiting in line for a green card, at the time this legislation is enacted, has received their green card.” Even though America issues over one million green cards each year, there are over 4.5 million people on the wait list, which is 20 years long in some categories. So either there will be over a 20 year wait for the new illegals to get amnesty, or else they will expedite those waiting, leading to an increase of millions of legal immigrants.
Thus far, the Gang of 8 released a 4 page summary of their plan that will inevitably turn into a bill that is hundreds if not thousands of pages long. You can be sure that the final product will have tons of loopholes that I have not even contemplated.
Listening to the media, one would think that the support of a few establishment Republicans who always supported amnesty for this bill represents a major shift in the political winds. Yet I heard the exact same talk in 2006 and 2007. We stopped amnesty then, and we can stop it again.