Reid, now an impassioned champion of amnesty for 20 million illegal aliens in America, once called illegal aliens "free loaders and scam artists" which he proposed to deal with in his Immigration Stabilization Act in the United States Senate in 1993.From Canada Free Press - Powerful Democrat Calls Illegal Aliens ‘Free Loaders and Scam Artists’:
Sen. Reid's office released the following statements [in 1993] concerning illegal immigration:
[Excerpt] - “Our federal wallet is stretched to the limit by illegal aliens getting welfare, food stamps, medical care, and other benefits often without paying any taxes.... Safeguards like welfare and free medical care are in place to boost Americans in need of short-term assistance. These programs were not meant to entice 'freeloaders' and 'scam artists' from around the world...".