Let's Talk Immigration Reform
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.
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.
a common-sense process will allow Congress � and much more
importantly, the American people � to monitor policy changes as they are
That way we can isolate and fix unintended
consequences before they grow out of control, and before we move on to the next
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
Indeed, the only reason immigration reform is
controversial is that Congress refuses to adopt this incremental
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.
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:
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.
can sign up to participate in my tele-townhall here: