To provide an sense of how long the bill is, the Center For Immigration Studies has provided a few comparisons:
- 27 times longer than the Constitution (7,600 words)
- 14 times longer than the Social Security Act of 1935 (15,000 words)
- 28 times longer than the Hart-Celler Act of 1965 (7,300), which ushered in the modern immigration era
- 5 times longer than the last big amnesty law, the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 (42,000)
- Longer than the New Testament (180,000)
- Longer than the Torah (156,000)
- More than twice as long as the Koran (77,000)
- Twice the length of Orwell's 1984 (89,000)
- Longer than Homer's Iliad (150,000)
- About the same length as Dostoyevsky's Crime and Punishment
- End-to-end, the pages would stretch more than three football fields, be taller than the Washington Monument, and nearly as tall as New York's Chrysler Building
- Reading it aloud, at 120 words per minute, would take 29 straight hours.
For a bill to be that large, there must be lots in it the "gang of eight" doesn't want the public to know about.