legalize 11 million people and leave millions out of a pathway to citizenship, a promise that has been the foundation
for our support to begin with. At the same time, we cannot support a bill that is also guaranteedto increase death anddestruction in immigrantlife through increased militarization of the border
Recent reports, including a study of the legislation by the Congressional Budget Office, makeclear that, as designed,S. 744 will deny the possibility of securing citizenship and legal status to many. Millions of immigrants will be left
vulnerable and in fear of deportation for the rest of their lives. At a time when FBI reports andother statistics affirmthat the border has been andcontinues to be safe
, legislation that will increase the number of Border Patrol agents by
20,000 further endangers our communities. And, when we consider that $40 billion for “border security” will be
allocated over the next 10 years, when there has been no justice in cases involving Border Patrolagents known to haveabused their authority and even kill with impunity, S. 744 will turn the southern border of theUnited States into a permanent war zone. Opinion polls and our common moral sense tell us that this is not the
Latinos voted for.