Gang of Eight Bill Rewards Lawbreakers and Undermines Law Enforcement

Center for Immigration Studies, May 6, 2013

A thorough analysis of the Gang of Eight bill’s enforcement and compliance provisions by the Center for Immigration Studies finds serious flaws which will have public safety, national security, and enforcement implications. The extent of the problem is often hidden by S.744’s deceptive language; it contains misleading subtitles which mask the rewards and protection given to lawbreakers. Because the bill excuses nearly all forms of immigration and identity fraud for amnesty applicants, the proposed legislation compromises the integrity of our immigration system.

A detailed analysis, including an extensive table citing the relevant sections of the bill, is at:

“The problems in the Schumer-Rubio bill are so extensive that it is difficult to imagine that an abbreviated mark up or amendment process would be sufficient to reduce its impact on public safety and national security,” said Jessica Vaughan, Director of Policy Studies at the Center. “The passage of narrowly focused bills allowing for more input from law enforcement agencies would be more prudent and help ensure that we don’t create the conditions for another terrorist attack or allow more foreign gangs and criminal organizations to gain a larger foothold in our communities.”

Among the extensive list of flaws:

  • Public safety: The bill allows the legalization of aliens who have been convicted of up to three misdemeanors on separate occasions, not counting “minor” traffic offenses. This gives amnesty to aliens with multiple offenses for drunk driving, vehicular homicide, domestic violence, certain sex offenses, theft, identity theft, and other misdemeanors. And, the bill waives criminal offenses for amnesty applicants younger than 18, no matter the seriousness of the offense, and even if the offender was tried as an adult, which provides a loophole for teen-aged gang members to be legalized.
  • National security: The bill fails to mandate the creation of entry and exit tracking at land ports, and puts off a biometric entry-exit system at and sea ports for 10 years. It will allow arriving aliens to be granted political asylum on the spot, without background checks or in-depth examinations of the claims. It permits the entry of anyone in a loosely defined “persecuted group,” regardless of security concerns. It allows the DHS Secretary to waive background checks before the issuance of work permits and benefits. It withdraws authorization for DHS to designate lists of countries with security concerns whose citizens require enhanced screening.
  • Fraud: The bill forgives fraud committed by legalization applicants, including re-entry after deportation, use of false documents, skipping immigration hearings, and failure to depart when ordered. The bill provides no criminal penalties for application fraud, except for those applying as farm workers. It protects applicant information from law enforcement agencies.

View the Senate bill, and CIS analysis, testimony, and commentary on the bill, at:

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  • The__Bobster

    The Big Zuck is running lying pro-Rubio commercials on Rush Limbaugh’s show.

    The new tech firm lobbying group has played a major role in writing the Gang of Eight’s immigration legislation to make it easier for technology companies to import foreign computer programmers to drive down the ruinously high cost of American labor. I thought it would be fun to rank the names on’s “Our Supporters” page by net worth.

    I mean, if America’s tech billionaires and mere centimillionaires can’t lower programmers’ salaries immediately, what possible financial incentive will they have to continue to be rich?

    It just doesn’t pay to be a billionaire anymore.

    Here are the Friends of Mark Zuckerberg. Please take a moment to thank them for coming to work despite having to pay their employees such exorbitant wages that they are forced to bribe Gang of Eight senators with free campaign commercials.

    (I’m not promising that these are the best and most up to the minute net worth estimates, but they’re what I came up with quickly.)
    •$66,000,000,000 Bill Gates, Chair of Microsoft & Gates Foundation
    •$15,200,000,000 Steve Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft
    •$13,300,000,000 Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook
    •$8,200,000,000 Eric Schmidt, Executive Chairman of Google
    •$3,100,000,000 Reid Hoffman, Co-Founder of LinkedIn
    •$2,700,000,000 John Doerr, General Partner at Kleiner Perkins
    •$2,700,000,000 Elon Musk, CEO SpaceX and Tesla Motors
    •$2,000,000,000 Sean Parker, Founders Fund
    •$1,500,000,000 Ron Conway, Special Advisor to SV Angel
    •$1,200,000,000 Jim Breyer, Partner at Accel Partners
    •$760,000,000 Mark Pincus, Founder, CEO Zynga
    •$600,000,000 Drew Houston, Founder and CEO of Dropbox
    •$559,000,000 Reed Hastings, Founder and CEO of Netflix
    •$400,000,000 Matt Cohler, General Partner at Benchmark
    •$400,000,000 Kevin Systrom, Co-Founder of Instagram
    •$345,000,000 Chad Hurley, Co-founder and CEO of AVOS
    •$300,000,000 Max Levchin, Co-founder of PayPal, Chmn of Yelp
    •$230,000,000 Marissa Mayer, CEO of Yahoo!
    •$200,000,000 Andrew Mason, Co-founder of Groupon
    •$100,000,000 Josh James, Founder and CEO of Domo
    •? Aditya Agarwal, Vice President of Engineering at Dropbox
    •? Chamath Palihapitiya, Founder of The Social+Capital Partnership
    •? Ruchi Sanghvi, Vice President of Operations at Dropbox
    •? Brian Chesky, CEO and Co-founder of Airbnb
    •? Chris Cox, Vice President of Product at Facebook
    •? Paul Graham, Co-founder of Y Combinator
    •? Joe Lonsdale, Partner at Formation 8
    •? Mary Meeker, General Partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers
    •? Dave Morin, Co-founder and CEO of Path
    •? Hadi Partovi, Co-Founder and President of
    •? Alison Pincus, One Kings Lane Co-Founder
    •? Keith Rabois, Partner at Khosla Ventures
    •? Hosain Rahman, CEO and Founder of Jawbone
    •? David Sacks, Founder, CEO and Chairman of the Board of Yammer
    •? Brad Smith, General Counsel of Microsoft
    •? Padmasree Warrior, Chief Technology & Strategy Officer at Cisco

    • George White

      I closed my FB account. May that thief Zuckerberg rot in hell.

    • mobilebay

      I’m wondering why Fox keeps running the commercial of Rubio extolling the virtues of the “gang of eight’s” destructive bill. Thought they were the closests somewhat conservative channel we had.

  • The__Bobster

    The Center for Immigration Studies also analyzed the Gang of Eight amnesty bill and discovered that it is essentially a Get Out of Jail card:

    …Ronald Mortensen, a Fellow at the Center for Immigration Studies, shows that the token penalties, when they do exist, are not commensurate with the employment-related felonies committed by the majority of illegal aliens, nor are they commensurate with the benefits received by illegal aliens.

    “Illegal aliens will be rewarded for breaking laws for which American citizens are routinely punished,” said Mark Krikorian, Executive Director of the Center for Immigration Studies. “For example, an American citizen would face a maximum penalty of ten years in prison and fines of up to $250,000 for using a fraudulent Social Security card, but under this bill the illegal alien would face a $1,000 penalty covering all his many offenses, a penalty which in many cases will be waived. Then, they would be issued a new Social Security number without any past bad credit or arrest records.”

  • The__Bobster

    Jeff Session said that Americans would make sure this travesty was defeated if they actually read the bill.

    The Mortensen study (here) identifies 7 specific amnesties offered illegals covering different offences and 4 protecting the Cheap Labor Lobby

    Amnesty for employers found to have employed illegal aliens or who are currently employing illegal aliens. Moreover, employers may continue to employ illegal aliens, accept fraudulent Social Security numbers, and renew falsified I-9 forms for those who apply for provisional status.

    Amnesty for employers who did not withhold and/or submit payroll taxes for individuals illegally in the United States.

    Amnesty for employers who violated labor laws by paying unfair wages, who failed to pay wages, etc.

    Amnesty for employers who facilitated Social Security fraud and identity theft by providing or accepting false Social Security numbers.

    • Erasmus

      This country’s citizens are spitting-angry because they know they’re now fighting for their country’s survival and their children’s futures.

  • Kathy M

    I say we send John McCain back to Viet Nam with an illegal under each arm.

    • Erasmus

      You’re too kind. I’m thinking about in what sort of condition I think McCain should be in when sent back to Vietnam. But, if I said it, I know my comment would (wisely,wisely) be deleted.

      • edie

        mccain like kerry, milked his VN time for all it was worth……

    • Greg Thomas

      Juan McNasty would be more comfortable in mexico, surrounded by “God’s children.”

      • Erasmus

        If McCain really cared so much about “God’s children,” he would house them in one of his many homes and care for them at his own expense. McCain is a hypocrite like so many now in public office.

        • Greg Thomas

          Juan only cares about “God’s children” when he’s trying to ram amnesty down our throats. Juan is as corrupt as any mexican politician.

  • Dudley DooWright

    At least they are honest in calling themselves a gang, my guess is it’s an inside joke along the lines of “hey, let’s call ourselves gangsters and see if they notice”, sadly most don’t.

  • Erasmus

    With amnesty our rulers spit in the face of everyone who follows the law. They spit in the face of our men and women fighting and dying to protect this country and its citizens. They spit in the face of everyone who didn’t hire illegals and they reward the criminals who did.

    No enemy from without can do a fraction of the damage to a society that a society’s corrupt and inept leaders can do. These creatures in Washington, if they pass amnesty, will do more damage to the fabric of our society than OBL or Al-Qai’da could have ever done in 100 years.

    • Extropico

      Al-Qaida is our friend compared with these cheap labor, diversity, human-trafficking gangsters in DC.

      • edie

        organized crime runs the country

        • Erasmus

          If you think of the democrats and the republicans as two major crime families, the donkey family and the elephant family, American politics begin to make sense.

  • IstvanIN

    Anything short of deportation, removal of citizenship for their anchor babies, and a well armed border with a shoot to kill policy, will only encourage more illegals. And why are we obligated to take in every so called political refugee from every third world country? Don’t these maniacs realize that their wealth can be appropriated by the “new” Americans who have no respect for the rule of law? It has been done in other countries, it can be done here.

  • bigone4u

    When criminal acts go unpunished, even minor ones, the number and kinds of criminal acts expands. I note that sex offenders are eligible for anmesty, which ought to bring women to the anti-amnesty movement in large numbers. Women and children’s safety is seriously compromised and that must not be allowed to happen without an all-out fight.

  • Ralph

    The Gang of Eight are White haters and want to blend the whole world’s population into Tan Everymen. Bedroom genocide is the way they are trying to achieve this: simply swamp all White lands with millions of Brown, Black and Yellow people and soon, there will be no more White race.

    It’s already started. Some White men, for example, say they prefer Asian women. When these White men have children with Asian women, the White genotype is destroyed in their children as the White genotype requres 46 “white” chromosomes.

    It is difficult to remain White on this dark planet, and those who are able to do so will be the ancestors of Whites in the future, while those who miscegenate will disappear from our gene pool as they are absorbed into non-White gene pool–just as were the Germans who settled in Jamaica and who are now mostly Black.

    • Guest

      Why can’t these White traitors to our race see this? Are they really that stupid? Looks like it. They took thousands of years of the White gene and destroyed it forever. They all make me sick.

      • Ralph

        Many of these White weak seeds actually believe that race doesn’t exist and that they can end so-called divisions and racial conflicts by blending all people into a Tan Everyman.

        We Whites are seen as the main impediment to the blending, so we have to be blended away first.

  • Smitty

    W.C. Fields once stated,”the only thing worse than a politician is a child molester.

    That quote needs to be updated to : “The only thing worse than a child molester is a politician.”

  • JohnEngelman

    The only white people Republican politicians care about are rich white people.

    • Room101

      Rich republicans care about permission from their handlers to keep their government jobs, nothing else.
      The GOP is a sewer of treason, graft, corruption, and filth.
      And they’re the good guys in the American “political system” compared to their “Democrat” colleagues.

    • Guest

      You mean rich Jews, don’t ya? Both parties are ruled by the same.

  • MBlanc46

    And if they vote for the other candidate, the outcome will be the same. The folks who bankroll the pols want immigrants, so immigrants we’ll have regardless of which candidates get elected.

  • Bobby

    It amazes me, that these Gang of Eight TRAITORS, can even show their faces to the citizens of the states they “represent”(that’s a joke)

  • Room101

    All the GOP will cave, voting to use Government force , approving force against the taxpayers, to stamp out any remaining inconsequential human freedoms.

    The politicians and their filthy corrupt queer Government hates our taxpaying-job-providing guts.
    We’d be even, if I could stick a loaded .45 behind their ear once a year and get even…

  • thoughtcrime

    This is why all 8 of these “Americans” should be treated as traitors and given the proper form of punishment reserved for them. Of course we have to understand they are the gentile face on the actual group that is pushing this agenda…and agenda they spearheaded and used this “step n fetch it” Ted Kennedy back in 1964 to get the 1965 “reform” bill passed into law.

    What we need in this country is…Golden Dawn.

    • George White

      You said it my friend. My guess is that it’s around the corner. They can’t keep crapping all over us and expect us to just rollover and die. There will have to be some blowback eventually.

  • George White

    Call the Senate and call the HOUSE!!!! Don’t let them get away with it!!!

  • Ralph

    Brown racist Marco Rubio now has radio ads running during “conservative” radio programs pushing his amnesty program as being tough.

    Rubio wants a Brown America and that’s why he is bucking what White Republicans want.

    And, some White Republicans and Tea Party types are so dense they simply scratch their heads and wonder why Rubio wants to bring in all those Democrat voters–HEY Republicans, conservatives and Tea Partiers–it’s not always NOT about race, and in this case it is completely about race. Rubio is a Brown racist. Turning America Brown and destroying White people is his primary motivation and to hell with conservatives and Republicans.

    • Erasmus

      Good for Rubio. His ads are going to backfire on him. The more people know of this monstrosity cobbled together behind closed doors in the dead of night, they hate it. There isn’t a single good reason for amnesty, and all of its supporters know it.

    • Dudley DooWright

      Identity politics is the new game. There are no principles, just get more on your team than the other guy, the problem for Rubio is that Mexicans really don’t like Cubans.

  • me

    NOT! Impeachment, then tar and feathering for all of them!