An immigration watchdog was pleased to watch an immigration reform bill fail in the U.S. Senate this week, spelling the end of a proposal that openly pushed for open borders.
The bill, backed by eight Republicans and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, was one of four Senate proposals this week addressing illegal immigration that failed to get 60 votes necessary to pass.
Immigration watchdogs warned the bill that Trump described as the "Schumer-Rounds-Collins" proposal would have not only granted legal status to illegal aliens already in the U.S. but would have protected any illegal who manages to sneak into the country between now and June 30.
President Donald Trump, who has publicly said he is open to amnesty for illegals, had nonetheless threatened to veto the legislation.
Chris Chmielenski of Numbers USA says the organization has seen this sneaky scheme play out in the past.
"First you exempt all these people from removal," he complains, "and second next give them all work permits, and third eventually put them on a path to citizenship, give them full amnesty."
Fox News reports that senators also blocked a liberal immigration bill introduced by Sen. John McCain and Sen. Chris Coons, and a bill introduced by Sen. Pat Toomey that blocked federal grants from going to sanctuary cities.
Trump supported a bill introduced by Sen. Chuck Grassley, which was also defeated.
Although the White House is backing a controversial plan that gives amnesty to a million-plus illegals, Trump denounced the now-failed bill for creating "giant amnesty." He also pointed out that the Dept. of Homeland Security warned it would spell the "end of immigration enforcement" if passed.
The bill allocated $25 billion for border security, including a border wall, but Chmielenski says that spending is absurd because it's spread over the next decade.
"It would be very easy for an administration, if Trump were only to be president for one term, to completely dismantle it," he warns, describing the bill as a "bad, bad deal for America."
The legislation also fails to address the diversity visa lottery and chain migration, two issues that Trump wants to address in any bill he signs.