Coats Notes: Congress Must Uphold its Promises on Border Security

Senator Dan Coats
2013-06-21 18:07:34
<iqs3.solutions.lmit.com/iqextranet/Customers/quorum_coats-iq/co ats_topbanner.jpg> Dear Friend, Thank you for signing up to receive my email newsletter. These newsletters will cover a variety of topics, including events happening in Indiana, legislation being considered in Congress, and my perspective on current issues. My hope is to keep you updated and informed on how issues in Washington may impact Hoosiers. I welcome your feedback. Thanks for reading, Dan Coats _____ Congress Must Uphold its Promises on Border Security <iqs3.solutions.lmit.com/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx coats-iq&crop=15847.10129058.5336536.7189397&redirect=http%3a%2f%2fyoutu be%2fWvazXYOBqz0> Today, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid began the process of shutting down debate on the Senate immigration reform bill. I am deeply concerned that the Majority Leader is taking a page out of the Obamacare playbook and preparing to jam through another 1,000-page bill without full examination by Congress and the input of the American people. Refusing to allow an open and fair amendment process only jeopardizes the chances for a credible and effective immigration reform bill. Our broken immigration system must be repaired, but the current legislation in the Senate fails to address many of our border security problems and only puts us on a path to repeat the same mistakes made after immigration reform in 1986. We need to actually secure our borders, not just promise border security. I introduced an amendment requiring that real progress be made on strengthening the border before granting provisional immigrant status to illegal aliens. My amendment also requires that effective control has been maintained over the entire southern border before granting permanent legal status. This would ensure that high-risk sectors of the border are actually secured and maintained before undocumented immigrants are legalized and prevent us from repeating the mistakes of 1986. I am confident that my amendment is a good compromise for those who want to move forward with immigration reform, but also want to ensure we actually secure the border this time. I will continue to urge the Majority Leader to allow a vote on this provision. Those of us who are pushing for realistic and needed reforms to our broken immigration system deserve the ability to work toward that goal and represent the people of our state. Repairing our immigration system is far too important of an issue to be dealt with behind closed doors and without the opportunity for all senators to seek improvements. _____ Mobile Office Hours Members of my staff are holding mobile office hours across Indiana to meet with local residents and assist Hoosiers experiencing problems with a federal agency. Next week office hours will be held in Greensburg, Kokomo, LaPorte and Terre Haute. The times and locations of the office hours are below. I hope you will attend or please pass along this information to any of your friends or neighbors who might find it useful. Greensburg Wednesday, June 26, 2013 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. ET Greensburg City Hall, 314 W. Washington Street Kokomo Wednesday, June 26, 2013 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. ET Kokomo-Howard Public Library: 220 North Union Street LaPorte Wednesday, June 26, 2013 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. CT LaPorte City Hall, 801 Michigan Avenue Terre Haute Thursday, June 27, 2013 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. ET Indiana State University (Heritage Lounge), 200 North 7th Street Coats in the News WSJ Op-ed - To My Congressional Colleagues: Stop the NSA Grandstanding <iqs3.solutions.lmit.com/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx coats-iq&crop=15847.10129058.5336536.7189397&redirect=http%3a%2f%2fwww.c oats.senate.gov%2fnewsroom%2fpress%2frelease%2fcoats-op-ed-in-wsj_to-my- congressional-colleagues-stop-the-nsa-grandstanding> Coats, Donnelly divided on immigration provisions <iqs3.solutions.lmit.com/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx coats-iq&crop=15847.10129058.5336536.7189397&redirect=http%3a%2f%2fwww.j ournalgazette.net%2farticle%2f20130618%2fLOCAL0202%2f130619506> Sen. 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Thank you for signing up to receive my email newsletter. These newsletters will cover a variety of topics, including events happening in Indiana, legislation being considered in Congress, and my perspective on current issues. My hope is to keep you updated and informed on how issues in Washington may impact Hoosiers. I welcome your feedback.

Thanks for reading,
Dan Coats


Congress Must Uphold its Promises on Border Security

Today, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid began the process of shutting down debate on the Senate immigration reform bill. I am deeply concerned that the Majority Leader is taking a page out of the Obamacare playbook and preparing to jam through another 1,000-page bill without full examination by Congress and the input of the American people. Refusing to allow an open and fair amendment process only jeopardizes the chances for a credible and effective immigration reform bill.

Our broken immigration system must be repaired, but the current legislation in the Senate fails to address many of our border security problems and only puts us on a path to repeat the same mistakes made after immigration reform in 1986. We need to actually secure our borders, not just promise border security.

I introduced an amendment requiring that real progress be made on strengthening the border before granting provisional immigrant status to illegal aliens. My amendment also requires that effective control has been maintained over the entire southern border before granting permanent legal status. This would ensure that high-risk sectors of the border are actually secured and maintained before undocumented immigrants are legalized and prevent us from repeating the mistakes of 1986.

I am confident that my amendment is a good compromise for those who want to move forward with immigration reform, but also want to ensure we actually secure the border this time. I will continue to urge the Majority Leader to allow a vote on this provision. Those of us who are pushing for realistic and needed reforms to our broken immigration system deserve the ability to work toward that goal and represent the people of our state. Repairing our immigration system is far too important of an issue to be dealt with behind closed doors and without the opportunity for all senators to seek improvements.


Mobile Office Hours

Members of my staff are holding mobile office hours across Indiana to meet with local residents and assist Hoosiers experiencing problems with a federal agency. Next week office hours will be held in Greensburg, Kokomo, LaPorte and Terre Haute. 

The times and locations of the office hours are below. I hope you will attend or please pass along this information to any of your friends or neighbors who might find it useful.  

Greensburg 
Wednesday, June 26, 2013 
10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. ET 
Greensburg City Hall, 314 W. Washington Street 

Kokomo
Wednesday, June 26, 2013 
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. ET 
Kokomo-Howard Public Library: 220 North Union Street

LaPorte 
Wednesday, June 26, 2013 
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. CT 
LaPorte City Hall, 801 Michigan Avenue 

Terre Haute 
Thursday, June 27, 2013 
10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. ET 
Indiana State University (Heritage Lounge), 200 North 7th Street

Coats in the News

 

WSJ Op-ed – To My Congressional Colleagues: Stop the NSA Grandstanding

Coats, Donnelly divided on immigration provisions

Sen. Dan Coats Reacts to Recent NSA Leaks 

Senator Coats discusses NSA leaks on MSNBC

Coats: NSA leaker is no hero, should be prosecuted  


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Coats with Hoosiers 

 
I had the pleasure of meeting with Angela Cattani of Bloomington on Thursday. Angela won the U.S. Institute of Peace’s National Peace Essay Contest for the state of Indiana. Each year, over 1,000 students submit entries nationwide.


These young participants in the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange Program spent their time in the U.S. living with Indiana host families. As the former U.S. Ambassador to Germany and now Senator for Indiana, I declared them honorary Hoosiers.

 
On Tuesday I met with the Indiana Jefferson Awards winners Steve Isenberg, Sherry Ocker, Desiree Young and John Anderson who stopped by my office. The Jefferson Awards nationally recognize individuals who engage in community and public service.

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