Heritage pushes back against Congress’ immigration compromise

Congress fractured our immigration system even more with their latest updates to DACA, hurting the lives and security of all Americans.

Because the bipartisan bills continue to undermine the rule of law, David Inserra of The Heritage Foundation, an expert in Homeland Security and Immigration, is not happy about it at all.

Inserra rightly criticized Congress, saying that they were pushing “one big amnesty scheme.” It sets a dangerous precedent, and Congress failed to offer more resources to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), which is critical to positive reform.

According to Inserra, the immigration courts have 700,000 asylum cases on the docket alone. He noted that 95% of illegal immigrants with expired Visas do not show up to their court hearing, which means that an additional 262,000 illegals would be roaming about in your backyard every year.

Heritage’s Director of Congressional and Executive Branch Relations Tommy Binion agrees. In a commentary, he points to ineffective enforcement as a major problem in America, and one that Congress needs to address immediately—but Congress seems to have no interest in coming to agreement on that solution.

Heritage experts gave Congress many prudent and sensible solutions, many of which involved making improvements in internal enforcement. Instead, Congress focused on one small piece of a very complicated puzzle: amnesty. This choice neglected to strengthen the agencies that protect us.

Members, our hardworking civil servants in ICE can only do so much to secure our safety. However, as loyal donors, you are helping us fight to make these kind of crucial changes in America.

The conservative movement survives with people like you at the forefront of serving America’s interests first. We thank you for your continued support to help show Congress that they cannot incentivize criminal behavior.

To learn more about the truths behind immigration, listen to Heritage’s podcast on immigration enforcement, featuring David Inserra.

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