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Letter to the editor: Yes, Sen. Donnelly flip-flops on amnesty

Tuesday, June 25, 2013 - 12:01 am

Will Sen. Donnelly flip-flop on amnesty?

“I oppose any proposal that amounts to amnesty or rewards illegal behavior … I will continue to work hard to ensure that American citizenship is reserved for those who play by the rules.”

That pledge appeared on Joe Donnelly’s Senate campaign website just weeks before the election.

Donnelly is now our senator, and by all indications he is supporting the Gang of Eight immigration bill, S.744, which would reward illegal aliens with amnesty and citizenship.

As the bill is being debated on the Senate floor, Donnelly has voted against every amendment to improve enforcement or even to make sure that amnesty for illegal aliens is contingent on enforcement promises being kept.

Donnelly opposed an amendment that would have required the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to demonstrate effective control of our borders before 12 million illegal aliens could begin the amnesty process.

He opposed an amendment that would have required that DHS implement a biometric entry/exit system for foreign visitors – a law Congress has already passed – before amnesty could begin.

He opposed an amendment requiring that DHS complete just half of the 700 miles of border fencing already required by law before amnesty could commence.

I’m sure I’m not the only one wondering: What happened to your campaign promises, Sen. Donnelly?

Greg Serbon, state director, Indiana Federation for Immigration Reform and Enforcement