|Sent on:||Friday, July 12, 2013 5:28 AM|
|Dear Mr. Herr,|
I appreciate knowing of your concern about the immigration legislation that was recently passed by the U.S. Senate. I do not support the Senate Bill.
The federal government has failed to make border security a priority and it has failed to make removal of criminal aliens a priority. Likewise, the Senate immigration bill introduced by the "Gang of 8" and passed by the Senate fails to secure the borders. In fact, the Senate rejected several border security amendments, including an amendment by Senator Grassley that would require that the borders be secured for six months before some of the bill's provisions relating to immigration could take effect. That indicates to me that real border security is seriously lacking in the bill and that border security is not the highest priority. Since 1986 the American people have been promised secure borders and the Senate bill falls far short of fulfilling this promise.
I do not want borders that are not secure, and I do not want criminals loose on our streets, whether they are citizens or non-citizens. I support the CLEAR Act, which would ensure that criminal aliens are deported rather than released back onto our streets. It makes absolutely no sense to release criminal aliens back onto our streets.
I also believe we should end the immigration diversity program, which grants 50,000 visas per year to individuals based on a lottery and may end up granting visas to individuals that put our nation at risk. Also, those sanctuary cities, which refuse to cooperate with U.S. immigration officials in deporting criminal aliens, should not be receive funding through the State Criminal Alien Assistance Program (SCAAP).
We should pass the "No Social Security Payments for Illegal Immigrants" legislation, which would block the proposed "totalization agreement" with Mexico. Under such totalization agreements, the U.S. agrees to allow workers who have worked in both countries to "totalize" the number of years they have worked in both countries in order to meet the minimum number of years required to qualify for benefits in one of the systems. This proposed agreement with Mexico would initially cost $75 million per year and grow to more than $650 million per year by 2050. Social Security already has significant budgetary problems and this plan would only make it worse.
Securing our borders is important not just as an immigration issue, but as we learned from 9-11, it is also an important national security issue. Also, we learned with the recent Boston bombing that we need to be cautious about who we allow to enter the U.S. and to whom we grant citizenship. On a number of occasions, those seeking to cause us harm have sought to enter the U.S. illegally or remain in our country illegally after the expiration of their visas. We need an accurate exit-entry system so that we can know when someone enters the U.S., leaves the U.S., or violates the terms of their visa
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