When senators on both sides of the aisle announced the outline of a comprehensive, sweeping immigration deal on Monday, anti-immigration groups immediately slammed the deal as amnesty for 11 million immigrants.
Numbers USA, a grassroots lobbyist, issued an “Amnesty Alert” and appealed to its members to lobby their elected officials. The Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) slammed Sen. Rubio, one of the eight senators who crafted and will endorse the deal, for his “amnesty blueprint.”
“The only force strong enough to slow down the amnesty juggernaut is the voice of the American people,” Numbers USA wrote in an email plea to its members. “For those of you who were part of our team in 2007, it’s deja vu all over again. You know the drill. For the hundreds of thousands of you who have joined us since the defeat of the 2007 amnesty, you are needed today more than ever. Together, we can stop this.”
What do you think of the critics? Should some version of amnesty be part of national immigration policy reform?