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    Morning Bell: American Families Cannot Afford the Cost of Amnesty

    Our nation is going broke, and now is not the time to increase burdens on American families. The Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act (S. 744)—commonly called the “Gang of Eight bill” after the eight Senators who came up with it, Charles Schumer (D-NY), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Robert … More

    Morning Bell: Don't Fall Into the Boston Immigration Trap

    As the country continues to reel over the attacks in Boston last week, some in Washington quickly looked for ways to use the attacks to justify their political goals on border security and immigration reform. On both sides of the aisle, politicians and commentators were quick to assert that the … More

    Morning Bell: Top 5 Problems with the "Comprehensive" Immigration Bill

    The good news is Congress cares about trying to fix our flawed immigration system and broken borders. The bad news is they want to do it with a solution that looks a lot like Obamacare—the “Gang of Eight” 844-page-plus “comprehensive” bill. The sad news is that such an “easy button” … More

    DeMint: Taxpayers Would Pay for Amnesty

    Now that the “Gang of Eight” has introduced a comprehensive immigration bill in the U.S. Senate, the cost to taxpayers of implementing amnesty for an estimated 11 million unlawful immigrants has come into focus. The core problem with amnesty is clear: It encourages more unlawful immigration in hopes of future … More

    Immigration Bill Is a Trojan Horse for Spending

    The contentious immigration bill (S. 744) put together by the Senate Gang of Eight is a spending Trojan Horse with several provisions that simply declare open season on spending, allowing agencies to spend “as necessary.” The bill exploits a loophole in the Budget Control Act (BCA) that allows Congress to … More

    Read the Bill: Senate Gang of Eight Releases Immigration Legislation

    Early this morning a group of eight U.S. senators filed comprehensive immigration reform legislation that totals 844 pages and addresses a range of policy issues. Heritage scholars are already at work reviewing the details of the bill. We hope you’ll do the same, which is why we’re posting the full … More

    "Gang of Eight" Out of Touch on Border Security

    On Wednesday, four Senators leading in the push for comprehensive immigration reform headed down to Nogales, Arizona, to check out U.S. border security in action. From the beginning, it was clear the trip was simply another act of political showboating, an attempt by the members of the “Gang of Eight” … More

    Border Security as a Political Football

    In the increasingly politicized environment surrounding President Obama’s attempt to pass comprehensive immigration reform, border security again became the focus. In an attempt to take the issue of border security off the table, U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano claimed that “the border is secure. I believe the … More

    Immigration: A Problem-Solving Approach

    In his second inaugural address, President Obama stated that America will not reach its potential without immigration reform. Although his reference was grandly vague, the President is expected to soon begin blazing the trail toward legislation that comprehensively overhauls the American immigration system. Congress has tried this before—with little to … More

    Border Security Alone Not Enough to Stem the Tide of Violence

    The Texas Department of Agriculture has launched an online video campaign aimed to “shame” the federal government into enhancing U.S. border security. As part of the campaign, called “Texas Traffic—True Stories of Drug and Human Smuggling,” each week over the next four months the Department of Agriculture will release a … More