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Thank you for contacting me regarding illegal immigration. I appreciate your thoughts and comments.
Securing our borders must be a national priority. I believe that, in addition to illegal immigration, we must be concerned with halting drug trafficking and the threat of terrorism. I continue to support additional Border Patrol and other federal law enforcement officers, border fencing, and the expansion of aerial surveillance along our southern border.
The U.S. Supreme Court struck down key parts of the Arizona law that was enacted to deter illegal immigration, but let stand a provision allowing police to check a person’s immigration status while enforcing other laws. The Court’s ruling upheld the constitutional authority of the federal government to set immigration policy and laws.
Nevertheless, the states and communities that must deal with problems that result from insecure borders have a right to be frustrated. More cooperation and help from Washington, not less, is needed.
That is why, as the senior Republican on the Senate Appropriations subcommittee with jurisdiction on this issue, I have insisted on providing financial and other assistance for local and state law enforcement agencies that participate in the fight against illegal immigration. Unfortunately, the Obama Administration has sought to reduce or eliminate funding for such programs.
Another important immigration issue is what to do about the millions of persons who are already in the U.S. illegally. To its credit, the Administration has greatly accelerated the pace of deportations.
There continues to be debate about one particular group of illegal immigrants: those who were brought here illegally as children by their parents. I am opposed to any general amnesty or path to citizenship. I am also opposed to the Administration’s recent decision to cease the deportation of these children and, in effect, to grant them temporary legal status. I believe our laws must not be enforced selectively. The Administration should instead work with Congress to reach agreement on constructive changes to our immigration laws.
In my view, those who were brought here illegally as children ought to have an opportunity to earn legal status in our country by completing their educations and/or serving in our military, and then getting jobs and contributing to our society. It seems to me to be in our national interest to offer this opportunity to those who are prepared to defend our country and contribute to our society.
This opportunity, however, should not include granting citizenship or allowing family chain migration. Any affected persons who commit crimes, don’t finish their educations, or fail to maintain paid employment should be subject to immediate deportation.
I appreciate hearing from you, and I hope that you will not hesitate to contact me on any issue that is important to you.
Kay Bailey Hutchison
If you would like more information about issues pending before the Senate, please visit my website at http://hutchison.senate.gov. You will find articles, floor statements, press releases, and weekly columns on current events.
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I am in complete agreement with the Senator. Your comments are welcomed.
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