Grassley: Gang of Eight's Immigration Bill Repeats Mistakes of 1986

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Tuesday, 11 Jun 2013 12:31 PM

By Dan Weil

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The immigration bill crafted by the bipartisan Gang of Eight senators provides inadequate border security, just like its predecessor 27 years ago, says senior Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley.

And he should know — he voted for the 1986 law that granted amnesty to about 3 million illegal immigrants.

"I voted for it, and I acknowledge that what we did in 1986, we got it wrong," the Iowa senator said on the Senate floor Monday. "We can’t afford to make the same mistakes. So don’t repeat 1986. See that the borders are absolutely secure — no excuses on that point, no exceptions on that point."

The Gang of Eight's proposal passed the Senate Judiciary Committee last month and is being debated on the Senate floor this week, The Hill reports.

It "legalizes first and enforces later," said Grassley, who has sat in the upper chamber since 1981.

"The fact is we need real reform, not gimmicks that fail to fix the problem and secure our border. The path that we take in the days ahead will shape our country for years to come. It’s my hope that we can find a solution while learning from our mistakes."

The Senate will vote on whether to move forward with the immigration bill Tuesday and is expected to keep working on the legislation through this month.


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