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Republicans oppose immigration bill

June 12, 2013

HARRISBURG, PA — Representative Daryl Metcal fe, founder of State Legislators for Legal Immigration (SLLI), and 56 other state lawmakers, sent letters on June 11 urging members of the U.S. Senate to reject S.744, “Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act.”

The letters urged Senators Robert Casey and Pat Toomey to “represent American interests, not foreign interests.”

In a reference to the eight Senators who created the legislation, Metcalfe said, “Candidly speaking, the Gang of Eight’s amnesty legislation is out-of-touch with reality, a dereliction of duty and nothing short of a fiscal disaster for the states.”

He continued, “While the title of S.744 implies enhanced ‘border security,’ this is nothing more than a smoke and mirrors attempt to deceive the American people. In reality, S.744 does not provide for additional border fencing or completion of the current border fence requirements. Most egregious of all, S.744 allows for amnesty of an estimated 11 million illegal aliens currently living in United States.”

Metcalf said the legislation would put illegal aliens who entered the Unites States before age 16 on a path to citizenship.