Even if it passes both Houses, and is signed by the President, it will never be fully implemented!
How do I come to this conclusion?
Quoting from the introduction about when the Act becomes effective:
shall become effective on the date that the Secretary submits a written
certification to the President and the Congress that the following
border security and other measures are funded, in place, and in
(1) Staff Enhancements for Border Patrol: The U.S. Customs and
Border Protection (CBP) Border Patrol has, in its continued effort
to increase the number of agents and support staff, hired 18,000
(2) Strong Border Barriers: Have installed at least 200 miles of
vehicle barriers, 370 miles of fencing, and 70 ground-based
radar and camera towers along the southern land border of the
United States, and have deployed 4 Unmanned Aerial Vehicles
and supporting systems;
(3) Catch and Return: The Department of Homeland Security is
detaining all removable aliens apprehended crossing the
southern border, except as specifically mandated by law or
humanitarian circumstances, and U.S. Immigration and Customs
Enforcement (ICE) has the resources to maintain this practice,
including resources to detain up to 27,500 aliens per day on an
(4) Workplace Enforcement Tools: As required through all the
provisions of Title III of this Act, the Department of Homeland
Security has established and is using secure and effective
identification tools to prevent unauthorized workers from
obtaining jobs in the United States. These tools shall include, but
not be limited to, establishing:
(i) strict standards for identification documents that must
be presented in the hiring process, including the use of
secure documentation that contains a photograph,
biometrics, and/or complies with the requirements for such
documentation under the REAL ID Act; and
(ii) an electronic employment eligibility verification system
that queries federal and state databases to restrict fraud,
identity theft, and use of false social security numbers in
the hiring process by electronically providing a digitized
version of the photograph on the employee’s original
federal or state issued document or documents for
verification of the employee’s identity and work eligibility;
(5) Processing Applications of Aliens: The Department of
Homeland Security has received and is processing and
adjudicating in a timely manner applications for Z nonimmigrant
status under Title VI of this Act, including conducting all
necessary background and security checks.
(b) It is the sense of Congress that the border security and other
measures described in such subsection can be completed within 18
months of enactment, subject to the necessary appropriations.
(c) The President shall submit a report to Congress detailing the
progress made in funding, appropriating, contractual agreements
reached, and specific progress on each of the measures include in
(i) 90 days after the date of enactment; and
(ii) every 90 days thereafter until the terms of this section have
If the President determines that sufficient progress is not being made,
the President shall include in the report specific funding
recommendations, authorization needed, or other actions that are
being undertaken by the Department.
And that is just the tip of the iceberg. NZ Bear has kindly made available a version that you may browse online to read what our Senators haven’t read.
It would be nice of you to quote from the darn thing as you discuss your displeasure with it while on the phone with the staffers of the leadership of both parties.
Our elected critters need to realize we aren’t idiots, and will hold them accountable if they decide to enact this sorry excuse for legislation.
To find contact info for your critters:
WHITE HOUSE 202-456-1111
The House and Senate Numbers are Switchboards, and you can ask politely to be transferred to the person’s office you wish to speak with. For example to be connected with John McCain’s office, just ask for Senator John McCain’s office, and voila, you will be transferred.
I called the White House Comment Line, and briefly expressed my displeasure with the Bill, and I may post the audio later today after I get off work, after I stitch together some of the previous attempts that got busy signals. It took 45 minutes to get through, and is the longest time so far, so I hope many others were expressing their displeasure as well.