Congress Begins Work On
Comprehensive Immigration Reform
As the Senate Judiciary Committee takes up, S.
744, the Border Security, Economic Opportunity,
and Immigration Modernization Act today, I wanted
to keep my fellow Utahns informed of my thoughts
and work on immigration as we address this
complex set of problems.
I commend the bipartisan group of Senators who
have developed the bill, but it needs some work.
No one should expect a simple solution, but I
believe that our goal should be serious,
effective legislation that can be broadly
supported not only by Congress but also by the
As the process continues to unfold, I will be
paying particular attention to a few key areas in
the weeks ahead.
â€¢ The first is improving the process for
allowing high-skilled individuals to enter the
United States and work in important technology
and other fields.
â€¢ The second area involves workers in
the agriculture sector of our economy.
â€¢ The third area is enforcement. In this
or any other area, the best legislation in the
world is of little value unless it is properly
implemented and seriously enforced.
â€¢ The forth is border security. As
Iâ€™ve repeatedly said, in this increasingly
dangerous age of terrorism and violent crime,
Utahns and people across America need to know
that our borders are secure.
â€¢ And finally, we need to make sure
registered provisional immigrants have to wait
five years before receiving subsidies under the
Presidentâ€™s health care law, strengthen the
ban on legal immigrants from receiving welfare
benefits, ensure the collection of back taxes
from those trying to gain legal status, and
prohibit those whoâ€™ve falsely used Social
Security numbers from gaining those Social
In total, Iâ€™ve filed 24 amendments to
the pending legislation. To view these
amendments, click HERE.
I know that immigration is an important issue
to many and what Congress does in the next few
weeks or months will determine the future of our
state and country, and literally millions of
Please let me know of any suggestions, or
concerns you might have by visiting my website at
the home link below.