Utah senator and tea-party favorite Mike Lee, appearing on Fox News Sunday with Gang of Eight member Lindsey Graham, conceded that, while the eight senators are well-intentioned in their efforts to reform the nation’s immigration system, “the best of intentions aren’t enough when you’re dealing with a 1,200-page bill.”
Lee predicted that the bill will likely pass with a supermajority in the Senate, but that it will not deliver what its proponents promise. “They’ve promised us that under this bill, illegal immigration will be a thing of the past. It won’t,” Lee argued. “They told us that it would be tough but fair, and it’s neither. It’s not tough on those who have broken the law and it’s not fair to those who have been patiently waiting their turn in line to come to this country legally.”
The Republican senator was also critical of the newly-introduced Corker-Hoeven amendment, which he claimed few lawmakers have read and even fewer understand. Lee maintained that, while he is a proponent of immigration reform, the current bill, even in its amended version, is not the proper vehicle for reforming the system.