WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), today in two procedural votes opposed the consideration of the Border Security Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act (S. 744). The motions passed by an 82-15 and 84-15 vote respectively.
“This is an amnesty bill that fails to address the serious problems and dire need for reform that is plaguing the U.S. immigration system," said Inhofe. "We must effectively secure our borders. The Department of Homeland Security has already proven itself incapable of properly securing the border, and the arbitrary triggers in this proposal allow the administration to certify that the borders are secure without any oversight from Congress. This proposal contains provisions that would allow illegal aliens to obtain citizenship in as little as 13 years while many current legal immigrants must already wait for much longer. Furthermore, the fence alone cannot prevent illegal entry of immigrants, and we must eliminate the availability of entitlements and other public assistance resources that attract and keep these individuals inside the United States. In many instances, the current proposal before the Senate may weaken current law and therefore I cannot support it."
Sen. Inhofe introduced the following four amendments to S. 744, the Border Security Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act:
- The Keep Our Communities Safe amendment would close the legal loophole that requires immigration authorities to release back into the United States, illegal aliens that have not been accepted for deportation to other countries after being detained for six months. This practice is also referred to as "catch and release."
- The English Language Unity amendment would declare English as the official language of the United States and require the federal government to preserve, protect and enhance the role of the English language within our government.
- The Common Sense English amendment would protect private employers who chose to have an English language requirement in the workplace from frivolous lawsuits from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).
- The Multilingual Services Accounting amendment would require the annual budget report to congress to include the amount of taxpayer money each government agency spends on translation services each year.