A broad coalition of more than 100 conservative leaders signed a letter Monday urging senators to oppose S. 744, also known as the Gang of Eight immigration bill. “No matter how well-intentioned, the Schumer-Rubio bill suffers from fundamental design flaws that make it unsalvageable,” the letter reads. “Many of us support various parts of the legislation, but the overall package is so unsatisfactory that the Senate would do better to start over from scratch.”
Letter signatories include RedState Editor Erick Erickson, radio host Mark Levin, Tea Party Patriots co-founder Jenny Beth Martin and former U.S. Rep. Allen West. Levin’s addition to the list is an especially big blow to Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., who has spent considerable time lobbying Levin on the bill.
The letter lists a number of problems with S. 744, including accusations that it:
- Is bloated and unwieldy along the lines of Obamacare or Dodd-Frank;
- Cedes excessive control over immigration law to an administration that has repeatedly proven itself to be untrustworthy, even duplicitous;
- Legalizes millions of illegal immigrants before securing the borders, thus ensuring future illegal immigration;
- Rewards law breakers and punishes law enforcement, undermining the rule of law;
- Hurts American job-seekers, especially those with less education;
- Threatens to bankrupt our already strained entitlement system;
- Expands government by creating new bureaucracies, authorizing new spending, and calling for endless regulations;
- Contains dangerous loopholes that threaten national security;
- Is shot through with earmarks for politically connected interest groups;
- Overwhelms our immigration bureaucracy, guaranteeing widespread fraud.
A group called “The Coalition against S. 744″ has also set up a website, called StoptheGangofEight!, where conservatives can read the letter and add their names to it.