Coats Notes: Immigration Reform Bill Must be Improved

Senator Dan Coats
2013-06-14 18:47:17
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My mother's family came to the United States legally in search of a better life and better opportunities for their children. In America, it doesn't matter where you come from or what your last name may be; if given the opportunity and the chance, you can succeed. And that's what sets us apart from other countries. That is what makes us a shining light - a beacon - to the rest of the world. And it is this light that attracts so many to our shores with the hopes and dreams of a better future. But our current immigration system has failed. It has failed the citizens of this country and it has failed those who have been standing in line for years trying to become legal citizens the right way. Today, we have roughly 11 million undocumented individuals living in our country. Approximately 40 percent of those who are here illegally came here legally on a visa but overstayed. And our borders are still not secure. As the ranking member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security, I have traveled to the southwest border and witnessed firsthand the challenges we continue to face to secure our country's borders. We can't ignore this problem. We can't ignore the fact that hundreds of people continue to stay in our country illegally or cross our borders illegally. The status quo is not working and only encourages illegal immigration to continue. We must try to work to repair our broken immigration system. Fixing our immigration system is critical for economic growth, securing our borders and strengthening our national security. That is why I voted for a procedural motion to begin Senate debate on this important issue. I believe that this is a debate we need to have in Congress. But immigration reform must take place through an open, fair and thorough debate with the input of the American people. However, I have serious concerns with the current text of the legislation that came out of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and I believe the bill needs to be improved significantly before I could support it. I am particularly focused on improving the border security measures and ensuring that we don't make the same mistakes made following the 1986 immigration reform law. We can't just rely on trusting that the border will get fixed. We must take steps now to secure it first. Additionally, I want to work with my colleagues to improve the employer verification and the exit system measures, which are essential in any immigration reform bill. Steps must be taken now to secure our borders, expand employer verification and improve the existing exit system. Fixing our immigration crisis is critical to growing our economy and strengthening national security, and I look forward to hearing more from Hoosiers as this important debate continues. 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Immigration Reform Bill Must Be Improved

 
 

We are a nation of immigrants. It is part of what has defined our country and our rich history. While all of those who have come to our shores over the decades may have a different story and a different journey, most share a common goal – they want the opportunity to live in a free society, advance economically and pursue the American Dream.

I am the son of an immigrant. My mother’s family came to the United States legally in search of a better life and better opportunities for their children. In America, it doesn’t matter where you come from or what your last name may be; if given the opportunity and the chance, you can succeed.

And that’s what sets us apart from other countries. That is what makes us a shining light – a beacon – to the rest of the world. And it is this light that attracts so many to our shores with the hopes and dreams of a better future.

But our current immigration system has failed. It has failed the citizens of this country and it has failed those who have been standing in line for years trying to become legal citizens the right way. 

Today, we have roughly 11 million undocumented individuals living in our country. Approximately 40 percent of those who are here illegally came here legally on a visa but overstayed. And our borders are still not secure. As the ranking member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security, I have traveled to the southwest border and witnessed firsthand the challenges we continue to face to secure our country’s borders.

We can’t ignore this problem. We can’t ignore the fact that hundreds of people continue to stay in our country illegally or cross our borders illegally. 

The status quo is not working and only encourages illegal immigration to continue. We must try to work to repair our broken immigration system. Fixing our immigration system is critical for economic growth, securing our borders and strengthening our national security.

That is why I voted for a procedural motion to begin Senate debate on this important issue. I believe that this is a debate we need to have in Congress. But immigration reform must take place through an open, fair and thorough debate with the input of the American people.  

However, I have serious concerns with the current text of the legislation that came out of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and I believe the bill needs to be improved significantly before I could support it. I am particularly focused on improving the border security measures and ensuring that we don’t make the same mistakes made following the 1986 immigration reform law. 

We can’t just rely on trusting that the border will get fixed. We must take steps now to secure it first. Additionally, I want to work with my colleagues to improve the employer verification and the exit system measures, which are essential in any immigration reform bill. Steps must be taken now to secure our borders, expand employer verification and improve the existing exit system. Fixing our immigration crisis is critical to growing our economy and strengthening national security, and I look forward to hearing more from Hoosiers as this important debate continues.

Click here or on the image above to watch me discuss this issue on the Senate floor. 

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 I enjoyed welcoming many Hoosier families visiting the Capitol for their summer vacations. 

 

 

Great to meet Indiana high school student Ismael Aldave.

 

It was great to visit with the Indiana Chapter of the Associated Builders and Contractors of America this week.