Quick Scorn for Bipartisan "Amnesty" Plan

The Senate bipartisan immigration reform plan released in advance of President Obama's speech tomorrow has earned some quick scorn, according to Newsmax.

Mark Krikorian, executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies, tells Newsmax that the agreement is no different than existing law that the federal government repeatedly fails to implement.

“It’s almost like being Bill Murray in ‘Groundhog Day,’” he said. “It’s like I’m hearing ‘I Got You Babe’ every morning over and over again. It’s immediate amnesty for all illegal immigrants, and effectively unlimited future illegal immigration.”

“How many times can you promise the same thing to people and not carry through before they stop believing you?”

He argues in favor of properly enforcing laws already on the books such as those that require foreign visitors to check in and check out when they enter and exit the country “so we know who is here.”

U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith, Republican from Texas, criticized the proposal as well, saying that “No one should be surprised that individuals who have supported amnesty in the past still support amnesty.”

Smith is the former chairman of the House Judiciary Committee and currently serves on its Immigration and Border Security Subcommittee.

“When you legalize those who are in the country illegally, it costs taxpayers millions of dollars, costs American workers thousands of jobs and encourages more illegal immigration,” he said. “By granting amnesty, the Senate proposal actually compounds the problem by encouraging more illegal immigration.