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Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah) told Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace that the Gang of Eight immigration reform bill set for a final vote next week was too long and too weak to pass muster with conservatives.

“It’s not tough on those who broke the law and not fair to those patiently waiting in line to come to this country legally. Perhaps worst of all we learned late Friday that they are going to replace the Gang of Eight’s bill, a thousand pages, with a 1200-page Corker-Hoeven amendment. This is a provision few people have read and fewer understand. We all want immigration reform. This bill is not the right vehicle for getting there,” Lee said Sunday.

Lee, arguing opposite Gang of Eight member Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), said that trying to tackle the immense problem of illegal immigration in one giant bill was the wrong approach, and that instead the Senate should try and address each part of the problem one bill at a time.

“As a proponent of immigration reform my problem has been sequencing and the fact that it’s not a good idea to try to attack the entire problem at once. That’s how you end up with a 1200 page bill. With the sequence of this bill in particular, we have to look to the fact that the pathway to citizenship begins basically on day one. But it will take many, many years, if not decades to fully implement the border security measures.”

by Matt Cover |