June 11, 2013
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: