Democrats on Capitol Hill have dubbed the massive $1.75 trillion measure passed by the House last week "Build Back Better." But the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) says there is nothing good, let alone "better" about a bill it says contains the largest amnesty in American history as well as more cheap foreign labor for large corporations.
"There is a provision which would grant essentially amnesty for about seven million people who are in the country illegally," says FAIR spokesman Ira Mehlman. "It would sort of be like DACA [but] on an even larger scale.
"It wouldn't technically be a pathway to citizenship [and] it wouldn't technically be a full amnesty. But we all know once that status is granted, it is never being taken away – and DACA serves as proof positive of that."
But Mehlman is optimistic the bill is going to have trouble passing the Senate.
"Chuck Schumer has already sent a 'dear colleague' letter to his caucus in the Senate letting them know that he's very skeptical about whether the Senate parliamentarian would let such a thing through," he explains.
"So even as much as he would like to do it, he has his doubts that you could do this under the rules of the Senate."
Mehlman says Senator Joe Manchin (D-West Virginia) has made it clear that Build Back Better is more than the country can afford.