Via Breitbart:

A provision in the “Gang of Eight” bill would amount to a 2.5-year-long law enforcement holiday, during which time law enforcement will be forced to suspend deportation efforts against criminal illegal aliens and allow them to apply for legalization.

What that means is that while illegal immigrants “come out of the shadows,” as Gang of Eight members like to say, and fill out their applications for legalization or amnesty, enforcement of America’s interior immigration laws will be suspended completely. Essentially, the bill’s provisions create a few-year-long period of suspeneded immigration enforcement immigration while illegal aliens apply for legalization.

The provision, which applies to all illegal aliens who would seek legalized Registered Provisional Immigrant (RPI) status and to all “blue card” status applicants for illegal immigrant farm workers, has been in the bill since its introduction. As the Gang of Eight and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid attempt to speed this bill across the finish line in the U.S. Senate on Thursday, some who are worried about the bill’s potential future impact are trying to highlight these specific provisions more. […]

Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) told Breitbart News that this language in the bill essentially provides a “safe harbor” for illegal immigrants with criminal backgrounds for two and a half years. “The immigration enforcement provisions in this bill were designed by special interests groups who do not want and will not accept meaningful interior enforcement,” Sessions said in a statement provided to Breitbart News. “Many senators may not be aware of provisions strewn throughout this 1,200 page bill that undermine law officers and jeopardize public safety.  As both ICE and USCIS officers have warned us, this legislation will hamstring enforcement and provide immediate safe harbor to dangerous individuals.”

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