Hatch Dispatch: Congress Begins Work On Comprehensive Immigration Reform

Senator Orrin Hatch
2013-05-09 18:18:15
Hatch Dispatch 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 American people. As the process continues to unfold, I will be paying particular attention to a few key areas in the weeks ahead. • The first is improving the process for allowing high-skilled individuals to enter the United States and work in important technology and other fields. • The second area involves workers in the agriculture sector of our economy. • 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. • The forth is border security. As I’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. • And finally, we need to make sure registered provisional immigrants have to wait five years before receiving subsidies under the President’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 who’ve falsely used Social Security numbers from gaining those Social Security benefits. In total, I’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 people. Please let me know of any suggestions, or concerns you might have by visiting my website at the home link below. Sincerely, Orrin Hatch
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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 American people.

As the process continues to unfold, I will be paying particular attention to a few key areas in the weeks ahead.

• The first is improving the process for allowing high-skilled individuals to enter the United States and work in important technology and other fields.

• The second area involves workers in the agriculture sector of our economy.

• 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.

• The forth is border security. As I’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.

• And finally, we need to make sure registered provisional immigrants have to wait five years before receiving subsidies under the President’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 who’ve falsely used Social Security numbers from gaining those Social Security benefits.

In total, I’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 people.

Please let me know of any suggestions, or concerns you might have by visiting my website at the home link below.

Sincerely,

Orrin Hatch

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