Congressional Democrats looking to pass legislation granting amnesty to undocumented immigrants currently residing in the United States just got some bad news.
A new report from Breitbart suggests that opposition to Democrats’ amnesty bills is growing among Senate Republicans.
GOP weighs in
For its report, Breitbart reached out to all 50 Republicans in the Senate to ask whether they support two amnesty bills that were recently passed in the Democrat-led House — namely, H.R. 1603, the “Farm Workforce Modernization Act of 2021,” and H.R. 6, the “American Dream and Promise Act of 2021.”
As of Thursday evening, 17 of the GOP senators had relayed to Breitbart their opposition to the measures.
One senator, Florida’s Rick Scott (R), didn’t “state a clear position,” Breitbart said. The 32 other Republicans in the upper chamber either didn’t respond or refused to comment.
Among those coming out publicly against the bills is Sen. Mike Crapo (R-ID), a surprise no to many, given that he recently issued a joint statement with Sen. Michael Bennet (D-C) praising the Farmworker Amnesty bill, according to Breitbart. Not only that, but Crapo also said that he would work with Bennet to introduce a version of the bill for the Senate to consider.
A spokesperson for the Idaho lawmaker told Breitbart: “Even though Senator Crapo has said he’ll work on a Senate version of the bill, we should add he won’t support the existing House-passed version.”
Amnesty to millions?
Another surprise is Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), who has come out against the House measures even though he was a member of the so-called “Gang of Eight” that pushed to get an immigration amnesty bill passed in the Senate back in 2013, as Breitbart noted.
Rubio seemed to shy away from the measures that would grant amnesty to millions largely in light of a recent surge of migrants at the U.S.–Mexico border.
The White House, for its part, has hesitated to call the situation a crisis, but Republicans aren’t convinced.
If passed, the Farmworker Amnesty bill would give green cards to over 2 million illegal aliens who are currently working on farms in the United States. Meanwhile, the Dream Act Amnesty bill would put over 4 million undocumented immigrants currently residing in the United States on the path to U.S. citizenship.
If Dems do want to pass these sweeping amnesty bills through the Senate, they’ll need the support of at least 10 Republicans in the upper chamber. But at this point, it certainly seems like a longshot.