Idaho Sens. Mike Crapo, Jim Risch and their Republican colleagues in the U.S. Senate aren't thrilled with the swift movement of the immigration reform bill that could come up for a landmark vote as early as this afternoon.
"Comprehensive immigration reform is not something that the Senate should rush through," Crapo said earlier today. "I cannot support this bill as it stands."
In particular, Crapo said he and Risch say border security measures, which would dramatically increase, still aren't enough.
"This legislation ... is just a political Band-Aid that does nothing to solve the long-term problem of illegal immigration," said Risch. "And it commits U.S. taxpayers to turn over their hard-earned money to someone who is not a citizen."
But proponents are reminding Crapo, Risch and anyone else who might listen that the landmark legislation would help 11 million people "get right with the law," according to Senate Democratic Majority Leader Harry Reid.
The bill allocates a budget for 20,000 new Border Patrol agents and the completion of 700 miles of fence along the U.S.-Mexico border. It would become the first major rewrite of U.S. immigration policy since 1986 and would formalize a path to citizenship for America's 11 million undocumented persons.