Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas), a vocal opponent of the proposed immigration bill, joined ‘Wilkow!’ on Monday to discuss immigration reform, border security and the chances of the “Gang of Eight” bill passing in the house.
Gohmert agreed with host Andrew Wilkow that the immigration bill in its current form would forever change the concept that suggests the government is an enforcer of the law.
The “Gang of Eight” immigration reform bill passed in the Senate last week with the support of 14 Republicans and the full Democratic caucus. Supporters point out that the bill will provide a 13-year path to citizenship for over 11 million undocumented immigrants and provide significant increases in resources allocated for securing the border.
A final push for the bill came with the Hoeven-Corker amendment which provides federal funds for significant increases in border patrol agents, additional border fencing and a mandatory employment verification system, among other conditions before the transition to Lawful Permanent Resident or Green Card status.
Some House Republicans have said they won’t take up the Senate bill but will work on their own legislation to create a “workable legal immigration system.” House Speaker John Boehner has said repeatedly he will not bring an immigration reform bill to the House floor if a majority of Republicans don’t support it.
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