The head of an immigration enforcement think tank is concerned that United States Congress could end up passing an amnesty bill that would include far more recipients than what most Americans really want.
President Donald Trump has warned Congress that it is now or never when it comes to extending protections for young illegal aliens brought to the country by their parents.
In an early-morning tweet, the president said Congress must act now to provide legal protections to young "Dreamer" immigrants – even as legislation faces an uncertain prospect in Congress.
As a recent guest on American Family Radio (AFR), Center for Immigration Studies Executive Director Mark Krikorian expressed his concerned about the 60-vote requirement in the United States Senate.
"That's why Chuck Schumer was so excited – because he knows he's got several Republicans in his pocket,” Krikorian asserted. “And what's the danger is that he could come up with something that would get all the Democratic votes, and then he would need 11 Republicans – and I'm afraid there might be 11 Republicans who basically are collaborators with the Democrats on the immigration issue."
The immigration expert noted that House Speaker Paul Ryan is not making a concerted effort to pass the conservative bill sponsored by Congressman Bob Goodlatte.
"So, if there is a Senate bill that won't be as good if anything passes, they would at least be in a position when the House and Senate people meet to negotiate on what the agreed-upon bill will be – they'll be in a position to pull the Senate bill to the right,” Krikorian pointed out. “That's not going to happen if the House doesn't pass the Goodlatte bill and just waits for the Senate to send them something."
Krikorian also stressed that concerned citizens need to contact their members of Congress to push for tougher immigration measures.