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Shakil Hamid came to the United as a legal immigrant from Bangladesh. He opposes the inclusion of amnesty in the upcoming budget reconciliation bill due to be voted on this month.

That's a slap in the face for legal immigrants like me. Lawmakers are effectively saying that tens of millions of us — who followed all the rules for the privilege of coming to this great nation — are a bunch of dopes. That we'd have been better wading the Rio Grande or overstaying our tourist visas.

Amnesty isn't merely an insult, of course. It poses a tangible, dire economic threat to American workers, native-born and naturalized citizens alike.

Hamid calls on moderate Democratic Senators like Kyrsten Sinema (Ariz.) and Joe Manchin (W. Va.) to stand up to party leaders and make it clear they will not support a budget bill containing amnesty.

The budget reconciliation bill isn't subject to the filibuster. So the only ones who can stop this shameful proposal are moderate Democrats like Kyrsten Sinema and Joe Manchin. On behalf of the tens of millions of proud, naturalized citizens who came to this country the right way, I implore them to not debase our laws, and harm our workers, by rubberstamping this amnesty.

Read the full op-ed at RealClear Policy

Updated: Fri, Sep 17th 2021 @ 11:30am EDT