State Legislators Urge U.S. Senators to Reject Gang of Eight’s Amnesty Plan

HARRISBURG — The following excerpts are taken from two letters sent today by Pennsylvania State Representative Daryl Metcalfe (R-Butler), founder of State Legislators for Legal Immigration (SLLI), urging members of the U.S. Senate to reject S.744, the so-called “Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act.”

State Legislators for Legal Immigration is a nationwide coalition founded to provide a network of state legislators who are committed to working together in demanding full cooperation among our federal, state and local governments in eliminating all economic attractions and incentives for illegal aliens, as well as securing our borders against unlawful invasion. SLLI has members from 38 state legislatures.

Metcalfe was joined by 56 Pennsylvania state lawmakers in a letter urging Pennsylvania’s U.S. Senators Robert Casey (D-Pa.) and Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) to represent American interests, not foreign interests. As founder of SLLI, Metcalfe also sent an open letter to members of the U.S. Senate.

“Candidly speaking, the Gang of Eight’s amnesty legislation is out-of-touch with reality, a dereliction of duty and nothing short of a fiscal disaster for the states.

“While the title of S.744 implies enhanced ‘border security,’ this is nothing more than a smoke and mirrors attempt to deceive the American people. In reality, S.744 does not provide for additional border fencing or completion of the current border fence requirements. 

“Most egregious of all, S.744 allows for amnesty of an estimated 11 million illegal aliens currently living in United States.

“The ‘DREAM Act’ incorporated into S.744 would be a nightmare for states, as illegal aliens who entered the United States before age 16 would be put on a path to citizenship. And, S.744 also includes a provision for in-state college tuition for illegal aliens. Out-of-state students will be forced to pay a higher tuition rate, while foreign national illegal aliens will be granted a reduced price tag on education, subsidized by American taxpayers.

“Simply put, states cannot afford to bear the additional budgetary burdens of amnesty through S.744. The Heritage Foundation recently estimated that amnesty comes with a hefty price tag of $6.3 trillion. This includes over 80 different types of welfare-based programs, at a nationwide cost of $900 billion a year. Municipalities across the United States will also have to sustain the increased cost of population-based services, including: police, fire and core infrastructure (roads and bridges).  The cost of amnesty will ultimately be passed on through tax increases on hardworking Americans.

“Congressional amnesty has not worked in the past and history is doomed to repeat itself here. Granting amnesty to millions of illegal aliens who broke the rule of law entering the United States is an attack on the American dream. Congress is crushing the American dream for those who are waiting in line to legally enter the United States. This legislation is offensive to legal immigrants and citizens of the United States.

“Again, we respectfully urge you to represent American interests, not foreign interests, and vote NO on S.744.”

The full copies of both letters can be viewed at and

Representative Daryl Metcalfe
12th District /
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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