One of the most tiresome phrases associated with today`s immigration to the U.S. is that "the system is broken." It`s often a cynical phrase, too, since some of those who utter it were instrumental in the "breaking."
But it`s really not a matter of breaking. Instead, enforcement has been systematically suppressed or gutted, and then those responsible have the chutzpah* to complain about the resulting chaos as a preface to offering their snake-oil "fixes."
Still, the following use of "broken" in the general context of the Senate bill (S.744) seems appropriate.
The bill doesn`t beat the broken status quo. It codifies it.