Skip to comments.House Republicans Want ‘Bedrock Principles’ To Guide U.S. Immigration Policies
Posted on 11/14/2003 9:00:09 AM PST by GrandMoM
House Republicans Want Bedrock Principles To Guide U.S. Immigration Policies 63 Members Sign Hayworth Letter to President Bush As U.S.-Mexico Resume Talks on Border Issues November 12, 2003
WASHINGTON A group of House Republicans today urged President Bush to support an immigration policy with Mexico that celebrates our immigrant heritage, secures our borders, draws a bright line between legal and illegal aliens, and rejects any and all forms of amnesty.
The letter, written by Rep. J.D. Hayworth and co-signed by 63 House members, was sent to the White House today as the U.S. and Mexico opened a Binominal Commission meeting to discuss immigration and other issues. President Bush and President Vicente Fox of Mexico are expected to meet in Texas later this month to resume talks on immigration policy that were interrupted by the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
We believe the bedrock principles we outlined in the letter can be a roadmap told guide the U.S. toward a comprehensive new approach to immigration policy. The present approach is not working, Congressman Hayworth said.
He noted that officials estimate that over nine million illegal aliens now reside here. That number includes 320,000 persons who have gone missing after being scheduled for deportation. Another 80,000 are convicted criminals who fell through the cracks in the deportation system after serving their sentences. In addition, 700,000 to 800,000 new illegal aliens cross U.S. borders annually, immigration officials say.
The letter says that any agreement reached during these discussions and any implementing proposals you may subsequently bring to Congress will honor what we consider to be bedrock principles of a sane, effective, productive immigration policy.
The principles include: securing borders against terrorists, drug smugglers and illegal aliens; preventing the balkanization of the U.S. while helping documented newcomers assimilate; vigorously enforcing all immigration laws; preventing American workers from being undercut by exploited, unskilled, illegal aliens, and rejecting all forms of amnesty.
We also believe you must make clear to President Fox that we expect Mexico to be an integral part of this effort. For far too long, Mexico has acted more as an accomplice in illegal immigration than a partner in preventing it, the letter says.
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....Thank You J.D. Hayworth!!!!!
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October 28, 2003
The White House
Washington, DC 20500
Dear Mr. President:
We write to urge you to seize the opportunity during your upcoming discussions with Mexican President Vicente Fox to make clear this nations determination to establish and enforce an immigration policy that celebrates our immigrant heritage, secures our borders, draws a bright line between legal and illegal aliens, and rejects any and all forms of amnesty.
We trust and urge that any agreement reached during these discussions and any implementing proposals you may subsequently bring to Congress will honor what we consider to be bedrock principles of a sane, effective, productive immigration policy:
Our national security against terrorism must be built on secure borders, and we intend to invest whatever manpower and technological resources are required to close our borders to terrorists, drug smugglers, and illegal aliens;
Our national allegiance is to one indivisible nation, and we will not allow or condone the balkanization of the United States of America but instead embrace efforts to help documented newcomers become part of the American family;
Our core belief that reverence for the laws must be, as Lincoln said, the political religion of the nation, which means we can no longer blur the line between legal and illegal immigration and we must vigorously enforce all our immigration laws;
Our nations economic security and that of our workers, particularly low-income and underemployed Americans, must not be undercut by exploited, unskilled illegal alien workers;
Our national treasure is of, by, and for Americans - native or naturalized, but in all cases legal citizens - and should not be further depleted to aid, abet, or encourage persons who are here illegally; and
Our previous experiments with direct or indirect amnesty have failed, resulting in more, not less, illegal immigration because amnesty rewards lawbreakers and discriminates against those who seek legal entry into this country; therefore, every form and vestige of amnesty must be rooted out of federal laws, regulations and policies.
We also believe you must make clear to President Fox that we expect Mexico to be an integral part of this effort. For far too long Mexico has acted more as an accomplice in illegal immigration than a partner in preventing it. And while we sympathize with Mexicos problems - its statist economy, hugely inefficient public sector, laws that limit foreign investment, and inability to create enough jobs for its people, etc. - it nonetheless has a responsibility to help control this runaway problem that is largely of its own making.
If the Mexican government cant - or wont - make necessary and long-overdue changes to provide economic opportunity for its own people, then it should at least help pay for the burden on the American taxpayer that it has created and, indeed, encouraged.
By reaffirming our fidelity to these self-evident truths, we can seize this moment of opportunity to resolve one of the primary and growing threats to our nations future. We urge you to act now to rescue an immigration policy that is failing the American people, imposing enormous costs on our economy, and leaving us more vulnerable to terrorism.
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Pardon me, but after you meeting with President Bush when you're getting ready to go back to Mexico, could you please take all your damned criminal aliens with you?
Hey, it's Friday... wishful thinking day!
At least Congress has some patriots we can turn to on this issue. Now if only we can get the Senate to listen to what the people are demanding...
When policies are designed for other purposes, the national interest gets compromised. Republicans should know this. They ought to be ashamed of themselves.
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