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Rep. Martha Roby: Senate's immigration bill "deeply flawed"

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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -

U.S. Representative Martha Roby (R- District 2) Thursday commented on the immigration bill Senators on the other side of the U.S. Capitol easily passed, but that she says won't go anywhere in the Republican-held House.

"What the Senate passed today is deeply flawed," Rep. Roby said. "An immigration reform bill that doesn't truly secure the border isn't immigration reform at all.

Roby said the House will not take up the Senate's bill, which she called a "monstrosity". Instead she says the House will start fresh will a bill that, "will have to withstand the rigorous committee process...And, if legislation can't stand up to that scrutiny, it won't and shouldn't become law."

"Though I don't serve on the Judiciary Committee, my staff and I are closely monitoring any developments relating to immigration. There's no question our immigration system is broken and in need of reform, but it matters how we do it. I'm against offering amnesty for illegal immigrants. I will oppose any attempt at reform that won't truly secure the border. And, I will fight to ensure American taxpayers aren't forced to pay for the addition of millions illegal immigrants to the rolls of our assistance programs."

Roby praised Alabama's junior senator, Jeff Sessions (R), " for his steadfast defense for the rule of law throughout this process. Because of his work, Americans are more aware of the onerous parts of this bill."

The Senate's bill passed with a vote of 68-32 with 14 Republicans joining Democrats for a "yes" vote.

Alabama's senior senator, Richard Shelby, also opposes the Senate's immigration bill.

The Alabama Coalition for Immigration Justice is praising the Senate's passage and says it wants the U.S. House to "realize that the American people are on the side of reform and want to see Congress solve this problem."

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