Rep. Hunter Applauds Failure of Immigration Bill: Border Wall 'Doesn't Matter' Without E-Verify
The House of Representatives on Wednesday overwhelmingly rejected the so-called "compromise" immigration bill.
The measure failed by a 121-301 vote, which was an even wider margin than a more hardline bill last week (193-231).
The legislation would have provided a path to citizenship for recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, as well as $25 billion for border security, including the President Donald Trump's border wall.
Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.) emphatically predicted the bill's failure, declaring on "Outnumbered Overtime" that it's "not good."
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Hunter explained that the legislation did not require that employers use e-Verify -- the federal online program for checking workers' names, Social Security numbers and proof of citizenship.
"You can build the wall as high as you want. ... Until you take away the jobs -- which is the main attractor for people coming her illegally -- it doesn't matter," Hunter said. "They did not put that in this bill. Therefore, this bill will not pass with only Republican votes."
He added that the Senate would fail to act on immigration even if the House passed a bill.
"The Senate does nothing. I'm not sure why they're even here. I guess they're old guys who walk around here in the building," Hunter said. "Until the Senate decides to do something on immigration, it doesn't really matter what we do here."
Watch the "Outnumbered Overtime" segment above.