Yes It Is Amnesty. No I Will Not Support It.
By Rep. Duncan Hunter Posted in Immigration — Comments (77) / Email this page » / Leave a comment »
First of all, I'd like to thank Erick Erickson and the other bloggers at Redstate for giving me an opportunity to speak out against the McCain/Kennedy amnesty bill. If this bill is stopped, it'll be because of blogs like Redstate, talk radio, and the rest of the new media insisting that the Republicans in the Senate get it right on illegal immigration.
Now, I wrote the border fence provisions that were enacted into law in October of 2006, that said we shall build 854 miles of fencing. That bill passed the Senate by a vote of 80-19. However, the bill in the Senate only requires that 370 miles of my fencing be built as a "trigger." How much sense does that make if they're serious about securing the border? Obviously, if we build less than half of the fence that is mandated by law, the border won't be secure and once they've hit the "trigger" they need to start up a guest worker program, we can't be sure that the rest of the fence will ever be built.
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Additionally, if we allow people to benefit from their illegal status, we shouldn't be surprised when our border patrol is overwhelmed by illegal aliens trying to get in on the Senate's amnesty bill. They may set a date of January 1, 2007 and say that people have to be here by then to be included in the amnesty, but that's not a serious impediment to illegals given the amount of document fraud many of them engage in already.
Moreover, if we flood the market with millions of illegal aliens and hundreds of thousands of guest workers besides, there is no question that many American workers will lose their jobs and see their wages driven down as a result. We'll also undoubtedly end up adding millions of new people who will be applying for assistance from the government. Instead of bringing in cheap, temporary foreign labor, we should be encouraging businesses to invest in, develop, and grow our domestic workforce so it can sustain our economy far into the future.
Now, the supporters of this bill will tell you that it will end illegal immigration, that it will secure our borders, and that it will be the last amnesty that we'll ever have to do. Back in 1986, some of the exact same people were saying the exact same things. I didn't believe them and that's why I opposed the Simpson-Mazzoli amnesty bill back then. Well today, I'm telling you that this bill won't secure our borders, it won't stop illegal immigration, and if we pass this bill, we'll be right back in the same place, doing another amnesty in ten to twenty more years. Now, whom do you believe? Me or the same people who said the Simpson-Mazzoli amnesty bill was the answer to all of our problems back in 1986? If you do believe me and think I'm right, I hope you'll do two things. Number one, I hope you'll call your senators and tell them to oppose this bill. Number two, I hope you'll support me for President because I will build the entire 854 miles of fencing, I will not support amnesty, and I will make sure that anyone who wants to enter this country has to come through the front door, because the back door on the border will be closed.