More Than 80 House Members Ask for Enforcement of Immigration Laws


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Desertdog
October 12, 2005, 02:40 PM
Are some of the Congressmen starting to listen to the citizens, or is it just mid-term elections posturing?


http://www.sierratimes.com/05/10/12/Laws.htm
More Than 80 House Members Ask for Enforcement of Immigration Laws
Sierra Times

Washington, DC − Today more than 80 House Members let the Bush Administration know of their opposition to guestworker programs until current immigration laws are better enforced.
Their views were made known through a letter authored by Congressmen John Hostettler (R−IN), Tom Tancredo (R−CO), and Lamar Smith (R−TX).

In the letter, the large coalition of House Members state that while guestworker and amnesty provisions have a history of being implemented, enforcement provisions have been consistently ignored and underfunded by the government. The Members believe that this has resulted in large increases in illegal immigration, and has decreased faith in the government’s ability to secure the nation’s borders.

“The American people need to see that the current laws against illegal immigration are being enforced before any guestworker program can be considered,” the Members state in the letter.

The letter cites several examples of the government’s reluctance to enforce immigration laws, including the 1986 Immigration Reform and Control Act in which amnesties for farm workers and other illegal aliens were carried out, but employer sanctions and other enforcement provisions were not.

Rep. Smith’s 1996 Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act is also provided as an example of the federal government’s unwillingness to enforce laws against illegal immigration. The Act mandated the implementation of a national exit-entry tracking system for all aliens. However, nine years later, the exit-entry system is still not near completion.

“Today an estimated 12 to 20 million illegal aliens are in the United States. They know that if they successfully enter the country and find a job, they will likely be able to stay for the rest of their lives because the government has shown little interest in enforcing its own laws.

“Employers also know that once they hire an illegal alien, it is unlikely that they will ever be investigated or prosecuted for doing so. Enforcement of the laws against illegal immigration and employing illegal aliens is necessary,” the Members conclude in the letter.

Rep. Hostettler, the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee Subcommittee on Immigration added, “The enforcement of our current immigration laws--especially worksite compliance--is essential to restoring the confidence of the American people in the rule of law. Given that the Basic Pilot Program is available to every employer in the United States, the Administration should place the elimination of the 'jobs magnet' at the top of the priority list."

Rep. Tancredo, the chairman of the House Immigration Reform Caucus added,” The days of bait-and-switch are over. This letter—signed by a large portion of the Republican conference—shows that the political momentum has changed in our favor. No guestworker plan will pass Congress without first securing the borders and enforcing current laws.”

Rep. Smith, a former chairman of the Immigration Subcommittee, concluded, “We have lost control of our borders and endangered the lives of Americans by not enforcing immigration laws. For example, the current “catch and release” policy enables 85 percent of illegal immigrants who are apprehended to go free. It is unlawful to hire illegal immigrants but not a single employer was fined for doing so last year.

"Only a fraction of the vehicles crossing our borders are checked for illegal immigrants or illegal cargo. We have no system at our land borders to determine whether people whose short−term visas have expired have left the country. Finally, many illegal immigrants who have been convicted of aggravated felonies are released rather than deported.”

The letter was signed by the following 82 House Members: Hostettler (IN), Smith (TX), Tancredo (CO), Hayworth (AZ), Paul (TX), King (IA), Sullivan (OK), Rohrabacher (CA), Norwood (GA), Goode (VA), Marchant (TX), Culberson (TX), Weldon (FL), Coble (NC), Brown-Waite (FL), Duncan (TN), Sessions (TX), Bilirakis (FL), Jones (NC), Garrett (NJ), Gutknecht (MN), Barrett (SC), McCotter (MI), Deal (GA), Royce (CA), Sodrel (IN), Bradley (NH), Wamp (TN), Blackburn (TN), Ney (OH), Jenkins (TN), McKeon (CA), Poe (TX), Jo Ann Davis (VA), Burton (IN), Hunter (CA), Capito (WV), Hefley (CO), Cunningham (CA), Carter (TX), Istook (OK), Burgess (TX), Cubin (WY), Gary Miller (CA), Platts (PA), Stearns (FL), McHenry (NC), Akin (MO), Johnson (TX), Rogers (MI), Issa (CA), McCaul (TX), Myrick (NC), Weldon (PA), Hayes (NC) , Bishop (UT), Westmoreland (GA), Aderholt (AL), Bachus (AL), Manzullo (IL), Foxx (NC), Bartlett (MD), Boozman (AR), Ryun (KN), Gingrey (GA), Miller (FL), Brady (TX), Gordon (TN), Everett (AL), Calvert (CA), Pickering (MS), Buyer (IN), Drake (VA), Graves (MO), Ramstad (MN), Pearce (NM), Kelly (NY), Lewis (KY), Shuster (PA), Forbes (VA), Hoekstra (MI), Neugebauer (TX).

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longeyes
October 12, 2005, 03:05 PM
Amazing. Even Congress is beginning to get the message! There's hope.

But will Bush come around? I don't see how border enforcement, other than empty posturing, can be consonant with the gobal economic plan Bush has endorsed. He wants amnesty, relaxed borders, welcoming "hardworking moms and dads."

What we are really moving toward is either a badly splintered GOP or a third party (nationalistic in nature). The GOP would rather die than take the hard-line position on illegal immigration it needs to and that would solidify its position with its base.

Biker
October 12, 2005, 03:15 PM
Bush's stand on immigration is what finally drove me from the Repub party. I went third party last election and will likely continue to do so. The corps want the cheap labor and the pols are willing to sell out the middle class in this country to keep the corp money pouring into their election chests and to gain the hispanic vote. Well, they lost mine along with my family's votes and many of my Friends.
Biker :banghead:

Alex45ACP
October 12, 2005, 03:17 PM
I went third party last election and will likely continue to do so.

+1

rick_reno
October 12, 2005, 03:37 PM
I went third party last election and will likely continue to do so.

+2.

This groaning about immigration is nothing more than the Representatives taking a cue from Bush - talk the talk, but please - don't ever walk the walk.

They've got an election coming up in 12 months, once it's over you can look for Bush to steer Congress to passing "immigration reform". I doubt they'll be arrogant enough to pass it before the election.

R.H. Lee
October 12, 2005, 04:01 PM
Good. Maybe the ill conceived Miers appointment was the crack in the dam for the Jorge W. Bush apologists. Today, immigration. Tomorrow, fiscal irresponsibility and big government.

Waitone
October 12, 2005, 06:02 PM
Republicans standing for election in '06 can not stand on the Bush agenda. I expect to see lots of fuss and feathers on immigration (no new legislation, just enforcing existing law), token opposition to spending, opposition to FTAA which will be defeated this round and come back between 2006 and 2008. There is effectively no difference between democrats and republicans based on Bush's agenda and it ain't gonna flush with the Great Fed Up.

lostone1413
October 12, 2005, 06:08 PM
Never see them close the borders. You have a King in the White House who wants nothing more then open borders. Think back before 911 he was pushing back then to open the borders. We have a King not a President. A King does what benefits him and his cronies a President does what the people who elected him want done. What do you think we have a King or President. I vote he is the King

R.H. Lee
October 12, 2005, 06:13 PM
Republicans standing for election in '06 can not stand on the Bush agenda The GOP will pander to the 'conservative' suckers who will once again line up to vote their liberties down the sewer pipe in '06 until the 'most important election in our lifetimes' comes up (again) in 2008.

No thanks.

LAR-15
October 12, 2005, 06:48 PM
There are more people than just Tom Tancredo in the HOR that are Fed up with our immigration policies.

Too bad some people assume all Republicans want illegal immigration. :(

Biker
October 12, 2005, 07:00 PM
Just remember...Everytime an immigrant crosses our border we get stronger. :D
Biker

KriegHund
October 12, 2005, 07:11 PM
I sent my support to Tom Tencredo

(Many thanks to you, Congressmen John Hostettler and Lamar Smith for creating the letter about illegal immigration. I feel that it is extremely important we secure our borders against illegal immigration. While i have no issues with people of hispanic origin, i do have issues when they enter the country illegally. Once again, many thanks, and as a citizen of Colorado i am pleased you agree with my views.)

I hope he gets the message.

Im going to send my congressman a letter too, working on it right now. His name wasnt on the list of sighnee's.

Standing Wolf
October 12, 2005, 07:38 PM
The American people need to see that the current laws against illegal immigration are being enforced before any guestworker program can be considered...

That's a worthy yard stick for all new laws.

I went third party last election and will likely continue to do so.

Amen!

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