The Senate should vote NO to the new Immigration Compromise

June 27, 2007 at 9:22 pm | Posted in Immigration | Leave a comment

I have sent the following message to my U.S. Senators:

The Comprehensive Immigration Reform bill before you now is a bad bill that takes a bad approach to immigration reform.  It is a long and complicated bill that will no doubt be the subject of amendment after amendment.  It will not do what out immigration policy ought to do:  reflect the values and needs of the United States as a whole.

The issues are too complex to be dealt with all at once, without hearings, and without serious study on your part.  You have not had the opportunity to do the research you need to do, or to contemplate the proposals being made in the bill.

The subject should be taken up in stages.  I believe that the first thing we need to do is to strengthen border security.  Legislation has been passed (the compromise bill would weaken it) but the Congress needs to insist that the corrective measures be implemented quickly and effectively.

Once that has been done you need to address the problem of the more than 11 million illegal immigrants now living in the country, and the countless others who have overstayed their visas.

Finally, you need to examine, revise, and simplify the tangled web of guest worker and special visa programs as well as the qualifications for immigration and citizenship.

I urge you to vote the current bill down so that you can take the logical approach to immigration reform.

Please send a similar message to your U.S. Senators.

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