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Opponents: Proposed Immigration Background Check is Weak

Opponents:  Proposed Immigration Background Check is Weak

As a U.S. Senate committee prepares for a vote on sweeping immigration reform Thursday, opponents argue the so-called 'background check' inclusion is weak and meaningless.

The Schumer-Rubio bill requires no face-to-face interviews or state identification, and applicants can simply mail in their fingerprints. 

Jon Feere at the Center for Immigration Studies says the '86 amnesty was tougher -- and still saw rampant fraud.

"It’s estimated that 25% of all amnesty recipients -- or 700,000 individuals -- acquired legal status fraudulently through the '86 amnesty, and I don't see this Schumer-Rubio being any different," Freere tells KTRH News.

Freere believes it is a real national security concern.

"When you look at the 1993 World Trade Center attack, two illegal immigrants who were involved in the attack applied for the 1986 amnesty, both of them were taxi cab drivers in New York," he says.

Talk radio host Bill Cunningham says the government is ill prepared to handle another amnesty.

"A government that issues millions and millions of fraudulent driver's licenses is not the entity that should be doing something this complicated," he says.

"We have 11-20 million illegals in this country," says Cunningham.  "How in the world can you do this online or a mail-in deal when you're talking about provide hundreds of thousands or millions of dollars in benefits over somebody's lifetime?"

 

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