WASHINGTON - Rep. Bill Cassidy, R-Baton Rouge, is offering his verdict on the immigration overhaul legislation now before the Senate. He's against it, at least as currently written.
"There must be a solution to illegal immigration," Cassidy, a 2014 Senate candidate said Monday in a statement. "The solution must begin with securing borders. As now written, the Senate bill does not secure the border and effectively creates a pathway to amnesty. With this in mind, I cannot support the Senate bill in its current form. I anticipate the House putting forward a workable alternative."
Cassidy's statement follows release of polls by two polling groups, one Republican and one Democrat, reporting that the immigration bill, drafted by eight senators - four Democrats and four Republicans - has strong support in 29 states surveyed, including Louisiana. The polls were sponsored by a pro-immigration reform group.
Public Policy Polling, the Democratic group, did the Louisiana poll and found that 43 percent strongly support the legislation, 27 percent somewhat support, while 20 percent oppose. But the question that generated those results, in the view of some of the bill's opponents, is not fairly worded. It says the legislation would secure our borders, and critics, including Sen. David Vitter, R-La., and now Cassidy, question whether the bill would achieve that.
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