By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter
U.S. Representative Martha Roby (R) from Montgomery responded with a written statement to Senate passage of the omnibus immigration bill crafted by the Gang of Eight.
Representative Roby said, “What the Senate passed today is deeply flawed. An immigration reform bill that doesn’t truly secure the border isn’t immigration reform at all.”
Speaker of the House John Boehner (R) from Ohio said that the Senate bill will never come to the floor of the House.
Rep. Roby said, “I’m pleased that the House won’t take up this Senate monstrosity, but rather start fresh on true immigration reform and go through regular order. That means any immigration bills will have to withstand the rigorous committee process, transparent for the American people to see. And, if legislation can’t stand up to that scrutiny, it won’t and shouldn’t become law.”
Rep. Roby continued, “Though I don’t serve on the Judiciary Committee, my staff and I are closely monitoring any developments relating to immigration. There’s no question our immigration system is broken and in need of reform, but it matters how we do it. I’m against offering amnesty for illegal immigrants. I will oppose any attempt at reform that won’t truly secure the border. And, I will fight to ensure American taxpayers aren’t forced to pay for the addition of millions illegal immigrants to the rolls of our assistance programs.”
Senator Jeff Sessions (R) from Alabama has been the vocal leader of the opposition to the bipartisan bill which will give an estimated nine million illegal aliens who are already here a path to citizenship, while opening up the nation to millions of new legal immigrants, most of them unskilled laborers for the construction, hospitality, and agriculture industries.
Rep. Roby said, “I applaud Senator Sessions for his steadfast defense for the rule of law throughout this process. Because of his work, Americans are more aware of the onerous parts of this bill.”
It is expected that the House will pass its own immigration reform package and then a conference committee will go through the slow process of hammering out a compromise bill that will then become the law of the land.