Thune Statement on the Immigration Reform Bill

From my mailbox:

Thune Statement on the Immigration Reform Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C.— Senator John Thune (R-S.D.), Chairman of the Senate Republican Conference, made the following statement today after the Senate passed the immigration reform bill (S. 744):

“Our immigration system is broken and must be fixed, but the legislation passed by the Senate today fails to make the necessary improvements to secure our borders and comes with an enormous price tag to the American taxpayers. I offered a number amendments to the bill that would not only have strengthened border security, but also would have offered accountability to the process by requiring implementation of the border security provisions before granting legal status to over 11 million undocumented residents.

“We need to have an immigration system that not only secures the border and increases national security, but that also reduces the wait-time and simplifies the process for those entering the country legally. Unfortunately, instead of proving to the American public that Congress is serious about border security and enforcing the laws already on the books, the final Senate bill gives weak promises on border security, leaving many aspects of implementation to the discretion of the Secretary. Simply put, the Senate immigration bill is legalization first and empty promises of border security second.

“While we are a nation of immigrants, we are also a nation of laws. I am disappointed that the Senate missed this important opportunity to secure the border and fix our broken immigration system.”

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4 Replies to “Thune Statement on the Immigration Reform Bill”

  1. katzy

    If this passes in the House, anyone want to take bets on how long it will take the Dems to say that making illegals wait 13 or so years to become legal is so unfair, and Obama will by fiat rule that they will be citizens in time to vote in the 2014 election. Oh, and they will be able to bring in all their extended families also to vote in time for the 2014 election.

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    1. Jim B

      Agreed! If they were really going to secure the border, I could live with legalization, but the bill was a fraud.

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