A new advertisement brands sponsors of the Senate immigration reform bill a “Gang of Liars,” saying that supporters have falsely claimed the legislation would require that illegal aliens learn English in order to qualify for legal residency under the measure’s amnesty provision.
“Contrary to what the Gang of 8 says, S. 744 has no requirement for illegal immigrants to learn English to get work permits or amnesty,” says the ad by the group ProEnglish, which was placed in the Capitol Hill newspaper Roll Call. The ad features a large photo of the eight Senators — Republicans Marco Rubio (Florida), John McCain (Arizona), Jeff Flake (Arizona) and Lindsey Graham (South Carolina) and Democrats Dick Durbin (Illinois), Robert Menendez (New Jersey), Chuck Schumer (New York) and Michael Bennet (Colorado) — who crafted the bipartisan legislation.
On Tuesday, the Senate voted 84-15 — with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell among 30 Republican senators voting “yes” — to bring the bill to the floor for debate. Tea Party favorite, Sen. Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire, was among the GOP senators declaring support for the controversial legislation. However, Pro English executive director Bob Vandervoort said passage of the Senate bill “would be an unprecedented calamity for our nation’s unity,” and said sponsors of the measure have misled the public about key provisions of the bill.
“For at least ten years and perhaps for their entire lives,” Vandervort said in a statement Wednesday, “this huge new group of predominantly non-English speaking, former illegal immigrants will create a huge new demand for costly government services in their native language, further exacerbating the dangerous and growing division of the United States into separate cultural and linguistic communities.”
Rubio told David Drucker of the Washington Examiner that he is working with fellow Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah to craft an amendment that would strengthen border enforcement provisions in the bill. However, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat, has already signaled that he will oppose stronger enforcement.
The “Gang of Eight” bill was slammed this week by two influential conservative columnists.
“If the GOP Is This Stupid, It Deserves to Die,” Ann Coulter headlined her Wednesday column, saying Republican supporters of the legislation “are devoting all their energy to slightly increasing their share of the Hispanic vote while alienating everyone else in America.” And the bill was also criticized by Michelle Malkin.
“Suicidal Republicans have supported illegal alien amnesties dating back to the Reagan era,” Malkin said in her Thursday syndicated column, which concluded: “Trust them? Hell, no. There’s only one course for citizens who believe in upholding the Constitution and protecting the American dream: Stop them.”
In an early test of support for a comprehensive immigration bill, the Senate on Thursday voted down a Republican attempt to require the U.S.-Mexico border to be under control for six months before immigrants here illegally could take the first steps toward citizenship.
- Phil Kent, ProEnglish: The Gang of 8 is a Gang of Liars, Says New ProEnglish Ad
- Michelle Malkin, Creators Syndicate: Obama’s Definition of “Smarter Enforcement”: None
- David Drucker, Washington Examiner: Marco Rubio crafting tougher amendment on gov’t benefits for immigrants
- Ann Coulter, Universal Syndicate: If the GOP Is This Stupid, It Deserves to Die
- Erica Werner, Associated Press: Senate votes down GOP border amendment