I recently received this press release from Representative Carl Wimmer of District 52. He asked me to share it with my readers and to let you know that several other representatives have endorsed this release. So, I will post it here for your thoughts, and of course, I have to share some of my thoughts.
Key Utah Legislators oppose The Border Security and Immigration Reform Act of 2007
As Legislators in the Utah House of Representatives we stand together to call upon our Senate and Congressional delegation to oppose the Border Security and Immigration Reform Act which the senate will be hearing this week.
This so-called “Immigration Reform” highlights the failure of our federal government, to protect our sovereign rights as a country. Instead of enforcing the current laws passed by Congress and signed in 1996, the current Congress seems determined to vote on new laws that will most likely not be enforced. It is truly government at its worst.
Unfortunately Congress is too often willing to accept poor law simply because there are a few quality compromises within it. In this comprehensive and lengthy bill, Title’s I, II and III are outstanding pieces of legislation and completely worthy of support. These titles deal with the realities of the situation at hand and would increase the enforcement of our current laws. They would clearly create greater security for our country but unfortunately the bills up side end in Title III.
With the sole exceptions of the above three titles, the Border Security and Immigration Reform Act is nothing more than an all out blanket amnesty bill. The law is aimed at giving a complete, quick and lawful status to those who have broken our country’s law’s (sic), does (sic) the rule of law mean nothing anymore?
We reject such amnesty, as a reward for those who have lied, cheated and broken the rules to get into our country. Such a plan gives preference to those who have violated the law over those who have followed the law and patiently await legal entrance into the United States. The message we are sending is that if you break the law you will be rewarded.
As Utah legislators, we must continually deal with the complete and utter failure of the federal government to secure our borders and enforce our current laws. It is incomprehensible that Congress would propose another amnesty plan after the dismal failure of the 1986 amnesty that has helped lead us to this point.
A recent estimation in regards to the cost of amnesty and earned citizenship for just 7.9 million amnesty recipients would be $2.4 trillion, a cost that must be born by the American taxpayer. It is unconscionable that any legislator could vote for a measure of this magnitude without knowing and debating all the costs involved.
The Border Security and Immigration Reform Act has a few quality ideas which may help alleviate the current immigration problem, unfortunately most of the bill is corrupted with ideas such as amnesty and rewarding those who blatantly broke our laws. If this bill passes, we will never again be able to say to our children and grand-children that cheaters never win. It is our belief that no responsible elected official would consider voting for this fraud which is being offered as “comprehensive reform” in the U.S Senate.
Before I make comment, I must admit that I haven’t read the Act, and I probably won’t bother reading it. It has become apparent to me that for some reason the men and women in the U.S. Congress and the President want illegal aliens in this country. So, no amount of familiarizing myself with bogus legislation will help.
I have read some items that explain it and I have listened to several commentaries that are against the bill. From what I hear and have read, I think that this bill should not be voted for.
I don’t support amnesty and I strongly feel that a large portion of illegal aliens in this country need to be returned home. However, I do feel that there is a certain part of this country that would be devastated without the extra labor forces that are provided by illegal aliens. That being said, I don’t think that the Z-Visa is the answer.
I think that stricter punishments on employers who knowingly hire illegal aliens, and stricter punishments on illegal aliens who forge documents to get employment is needed. At this point enforcing such laws has become a near impossibility. So, we need to close the borders immediately and enforce the closure very strictly. Then we need to get a firm grip on the illegal aliens that are here.
The illegal aliens that are found need to have one of the following happen:
1) They need to be sent home. This is an absolute for those who are involved in any criminal activity, barring immigration related crimes, and who haven’t shown that they are contributing to our nation for the good.
2) They must serve some jail time. I would recommend at least a year, but whatever we have currently on the books that is more than a year would be acceptable. Upon their release they must pay a hefty fine (I think this Act calls for $5000, and that sound good). However, this should be reserved only for people who are contributing members to the society. This means that they have a job, they haven’t committed any crimes, and they aren’t on any welfare roles.
Again, I really don’t know much about the Act that is being argued against. I just know how I think the illegal immigration problem should be handled. And from what I hear, I agree with the conservative critics of this bill. It should not be voted into law.