This is immigration reform? An unnecessary and potentially harmful bill introduced by Senator McCain (R-Utah) passed the Senate yesterday. This short but damaging bill is known as the "Arizona Borderlands Protection and Preservation Act" (S.750) defines "border security" to mean the continuous and integrated manned or unmanned, monitoring, sensing, or surveillance of 100 percent of Southern border" and "apprehension or turn back of all illegal entries". This bill has been opposed by AILA (American Immigration Lawyers Association) along with a broad coalition.
Ranking Member Tom Carper (D-DE) and Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) both raised concerns about the unrealistic and unattainable 100% sealed border standard that S. 750 would put into law. DHS Sec. Johnson called a 100% apprehension standard "unworkable," and CBP testified that it does not need the additional access provided in the bill. Sen. McCain also acceded to Sen. Heitkamp's amendments to sunset the bill after four years (a modification that Sen. Carper also wanted) and to allow the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to conduct a study evaluating the impact of the bill and of the activities of Customs and Border Protection on federal lands. AILA hopes the bill goes no further.
We, at Miley & Brown, P.C., applaud any efforts by the House Republicans to engage in bi-partisan efforts to move immigration reform forward. You can help make this happen by visit us at http://www.mileybrown.com where you can contact Congress to tell them you want immigration reform now.