CONGRESSMAN POE AND OTHER IMMIGRATION REFORM CAUCUS MEMBERS SPEAK OUT AGAINST AMNESTY
WASHINGTON, D.C. Members of the House Immigration Reform Caucus (IRC) issued the following statements responding to President Bushs call to produce a comprehensive illegal immigration reform bill by the end of this year:
Congressman Ted Poe (R-TX) We should surrender the border plan. A 'bought and paid for citizenship' plan just encourages more illegal immigration and discriminates against those who lawfully come to our country. No matter how you dress it up, this is just another amnesty plan and it will not have the support of the American people. This plan offers more lip service to ending illegal immigration by allowing those who illegally entered our country to stay. Once again, there will be no consequences for not 'buying your citizenship' and following this law either.
Chairman of the IRC, Congressman Brian Bilbray (R-CA) Ultimately, the devil is in the details the President and Congress need to remember what part of illegal in illegal immigration do people not understand?
Ranking Member of the Judiciary Committee, Congressman Lamar Smith (R-TX) The Administrations proposal offends the American peoples sense of fairness. It treats illegal aliens better than legal immigrants who have played by the rules and come in the right way. Illegal immigrants can stay in the U.S. and work legal immigrants have to wait outside the country. What message does this send? The Administration's proposal says you get rewarded if you break our immigration laws.
Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) What's wrong with the President's plan is that you are rewarding people who have lived in this country while breaking the law. This is amnesty. People in America do not want amnesty and have been very, very clear on that. They know that a comprehensive approach does not work and that an incremental course of action will provide results. They want to see the problem solved. They know it wasn't created overnight and won't be rectified with one swoop of the pen through one piece of legislation. We are going to have to work our way through this by putting first things first. And the first thing we have to do is secure that border.
Congressman Phil Gingrey (R-GA) Those of us who support legal immigration and the rule of law must stand united against any plan for amnesty. Amnesty would encourage more illegal immigrants to cross our borders, seeking the unearned reward of citizenship. Have we learned nothing from the past? In 1986, we passed an amnesty plan that did nothing to fix our broken immigration system. In 2007, we cant take that same path to failure. When I speak with people in my district, the vast majority are outraged at the prospect of amnesty for illegal immigrants. It would be foolish to craft legislation that clearly goes against the will of so many citizens.
Congressman Roscoe Bartlett (R-MY) Amnesty by any other name is still amnesty. Rewarding illegal aliens who broke the law with a path to citizenship will encourage, not discourage illegal immigration.