After the release of the newly written immigration bill, critics are weighing in on the loopholes they saw in the policy. While the “Gang of Eight” group works to gain support for their agreement, members of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement union argued that immigration reform gives the government discretion to choose when to enforce immigration laws. Members of ICE said that they have petitioned for months to allow their agents to detain and deport select immigrants. However, ICE president Chris Crane told Fox News that “this legislation…does nothing to resolve that.”
Backed by a number of high-profile government officials, the “Gang of Eight” is hoping that the new legislation will slowly gain support. They already have some senators on their side, including Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D). Reuters reported that Reid would “do everything in [his] power to get this legislation across the finish line.”
Although the immigration policy will spend billions on border security, Crane argues that the bill would allow dangerous immigrants back into the country. He said that President Barack Obama was abusing political discretion, which could cause “dangerous criminal aliens back into the community.”
Democratic Sen. Charles Schumer of New York, one of the bill’s main authors, noted that he agrees that changes will need to be made, but for now the core of the issues will remain the same.
“There are obviously going to be changes,” Schumer told Reuters. “But we’ve agreed, all of us, that we can’t let the core of the bill be undone.”
As the debates over the bill pan out, critics remain concerned. They’ve warned officials that legalizing the millions of immigrants already in the country without establishing a strict system for enforcing the new policies will allow the problem to start all over again.