Immigration Reform without the Big Government Dysfunction

Senator Mike Lee
2013-06-07 19:01:23
US Senator for Utah, Mike Lee [image = lee.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/eCard-header-mountaintop.jpg] * Let's Talk Immigration Reform* During the last few weeks the Senate has been very busy working on a massive overhaul of our immigration system.� I have been receiving feedback from Utahns across the state on what they would like to see done to improve immigration policy in our country.� As I have taken the time to read and study the Gang of Eight comprehensive immigration reform bill, the more I am convinced that this bill doesn't accomplish the goals that Utahns would like to see achieved with immigration reform.� For this reason, as the Senate officially moved to consider the Gang of 8 plan today, I delivered an opening statement to this debate to outline an alternative approach that we can pursue in the Senate to reform our immigration system. I invite everyone to watch this opening statement, so that you can understand why I support a step-by-step approach to reforming immigration.� I am convinced that reforming our vast and complex immigration system one step at a time is the only way to truly improve our system.� My office has been receiving numerous calls from Utahns who are concerned by the many instances of big government dysfunction and abuse of power that they are seeing every day in the news. �The only way to guarantee successful reform of the entire system that doesn't increase dysfunction in our federal government is through a series of incremental reforms that ensure the foundational pieces � like border security and an effective entry/exit system � are done first and well. Such a common-sense process will allow Congress � and much more importantly, the American people � to monitor policy changes as they are implemented. That way we can isolate and fix unintended consequences before they grow out of control, and before we move on to the next phase. A step-by-step approach would also allow Congress to move quickly on measures on which Republicans and Democrats agree.� We ought not hold common-sense and essential measures hostage to unavoidably contentious ones. Both sides largely agree on many essential elements.� These measures are relatively uncontroversial and could pass incrementally, with broad bipartisan support in Congress.� Indeed, the only reason immigration reform is controversial is that Congress refuses to adopt this incremental approach. That is why true immigration reform must be pursued step by step, with individual reform measures implemented and verified in the proper sequence. Happily for immigration reformers like me, this appears to be the approach being pursued by the House of Representatives. It is the only one that makes sense. * Click here to watch or read my statement [link 1]* I also invite you to read the recent letter that I signed with Senators Cruz, Sessions, and Grassley to outline the many concerns we have with the Gang of Eight proposal: * Click here to read the letter we sent to our colleagues [link 2]* * Immigration Tele-townhall This Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. MST* I appreciate all the Utahns who have contacted my office to share their perspective on immigration reform.� As the Senate proceeds to a full debate of the Gang of Eight proposal, and as the House of Representatives pursues a more common-sense step-by-step approach, many Utahns will be having a dialogue about this important issue.� I want to be a part of this conversation with you.� In order to facilitate this, I am planning to focus my upcoming tele-townhall on immigration reform. You can sign up to participate in my tele-townhall here: * www.lee.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/tele-townhall-meetings [link 3]* I am also excited to announce that I will be hosting an online townhall through Crowdhall, which enables participants to ask questions and vote on the questions they would like to see answered.� I will plan on answering several of the questions submitted through Crowdhall during the tele-townhall.� To participate in the Crowdhall portion of this townhall, visit crowdhall.com/h/44 [link 4] and follow the instructions for how to submit a question and vote on others.
June 07, 2013

Let's Talk Immigration Reform

During the last few weeks the Senate has been very busy working on a massive overhaul of our immigration system.  I have been receiving feedback from Utahns across the state on what they would like to see done to improve immigration policy in our country.  As I have taken the time to read and study the Gang of Eight comprehensive immigration reform bill, the more I am convinced that this bill doesn't accomplish the goals that Utahns would like to see achieved with immigration reform.  For this reason, as the Senate officially moved to consider the Gang of 8 plan today, I delivered an opening statement to this debate to outline an alternative approach that we can pursue in the Senate to reform our immigration system.

I invite everyone to watch this opening statement, so that you can understand why I support a step-by-step approach to reforming immigration.  I am convinced that reforming our vast and complex immigration system one step at a time is the only way to truly improve our system. 

My office has been receiving numerous calls from Utahns who are concerned by the many instances of big government dysfunction and abuse of power that they are seeing every day in the news.  The only way to guarantee successful reform of the entire system that doesn't increase dysfunction in our federal government is through a series of incremental reforms that ensure the foundational pieces � like border security and an effective entry/exit system � are done first and well.

Such a common-sense process will allow Congress � and much more importantly, the American people � to monitor policy changes as they are implemented.

That way we can isolate and fix unintended consequences before they grow out of control, and before we move on to the next phase.

A step-by-step approach would also allow Congress to move quickly on measures on which Republicans and Democrats agree.  We ought not hold common-sense and essential measures hostage to unavoidably contentious ones.

Both sides largely agree on many essential elements.  These measures are relatively uncontroversial and could pass incrementally, with broad bipartisan support in Congress. 

Indeed, the only reason immigration reform is controversial is that Congress refuses to adopt this incremental approach.

That is why true immigration reform must be pursued step by step, with individual reform measures implemented and verified in the proper sequence.

Happily for immigration reformers like me, this appears to be the approach being pursued by the House of Representatives. It is the only one that makes sense.

I also invite you to read the recent letter that I signed with Senators Cruz, Sessions, and Grassley to outline the many concerns we have with the Gang of Eight proposal:

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