June 27, 2013
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), today opposed the Border Security Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act (S. 744). The bill passed by a 68-32 vote.
“I am disappointed with today’s Senate passage of the Immigration bill which gives amnesty to illegal immigrants, and does so before meaningful border security is achieved,” said Inhofe. “The law only requires that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) submit two strategies for border enforcement before ‘provisional immigrant’ status is granted to illegal aliens. The border security provisions in the bill allow too much discretion to the Department of Homeland Security. They are full of exemptions and discretionary language. DHS has proven itself incapable of enforcing existing law. To make matters worse, once the DHS, not Congress, determines operational control of the border has been attained, this triggers an automatic process for illegal aliens to attain permanent residency, and ultimately citizenship. Furthermore, this bill fails to adequately address the federal benefits that illegal aliens receive. No immigration proposal is complete without provisions that reform the entitlements and other public sector resources that attract and keep these individuals in the country.”
Sen. Inhofe introduced four amendments to S. 744 that were not granted a vote by the Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid: