Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL), chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC), stated he opposes amnesty despite promoting an amnesty plan to provide 1.5 million illegal immigrants a pathway to American citizenship.
In a statement to Breitbart News, a spokesperson for Scott wrote, “Senator Scott does not support amnesty.” The spokesperson added,
Look at what Biden’s open borders and amnesty plan is doing to our Southern border. Senator Scott has long said reforms to the immigration system become much more simple once the border is secure, and that’s his focus.
The Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) analyzed Scott’s plan. They reported approximately 1.5 million illegal immigrants would qualify for the pathway for citizenship.
A clear conflict exists between Scott’s stand against amnesty and his latest legislation. The Secure Border and Protect DACA Act of 2021 offers clear amnesty to a large number of current illegal immigrants.
SCOOP: During a humanitarian crisis on the border w/ 100k+ migrants crossing every month, @SenRickScott is preparing to unveil a DACA Amnesty.
The plan would put millions of illegal aliens on a pathway to citizenship in exchange for billions of dollars for a “Border wall system” pic.twitter.com/lapxSMoqFZ
— Ryan James Girdusky (@RyanGirdusky) March 16, 2021
The Act would protect DACA immigrants from deportation by creating two five-year periods of “conditional permanent resident” status, according to a summary of the bill obtained by reporter Ryan Girdusky.
In order to qualify under the bill, immigrants must prove that they came to the U.S. before the age of 16, have lived in the U.S. continuously since June 15, 2012, pass several background checks, demonstrate “good moral character” and earn a high school diploma.
Scott may claim to oppose amnesty, but his latest plan reveals the opposite. His actions also emerge at a time when immigration controls need to tighten to slow the current surge, not lessen to fuel additional illegal immigrants.