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Kansas senators blast immigration reform bill

6/28/2013

Special to The Hays Daily News

Special to The Hays Daily News

The two Kansans in the U.S. Senate, Pat Roberts, R-Dodge City, and Jerry Moran, R-Manhattan, voted no Thursday on the comprehensive immigration reform bill that passed 68-32.

Roberts called it "a toothless promise, with no fence and no border agents required until 2021. In the meantime, the bill calls for millions of green cards to be issued and amnesty for future visa overstays. Altogether, this legislation would triple the number of immigrants granted lawful permanent residency."

Moran said he is "skeptical" the 1,200-page bill will create a fair, efficient system.

"Americans want Congress to fix our flawed immigration system the right way - and fix it for good. Unfortunately, this bill that the Congressional Budget Office estimates would only reduce the number of illegal immigrants by 25 percent does not meet that standard," Moran said in a statement.