Hatch Dispatch: Immigration, Dangerous Energy Proposals, and Student Loan Increases

Senator Orrin Hatch
2013-06-26 19:37:12
Dear Friend:I wanted to quickly update you on major issues swirling in the news today including my decision to support the Bipartisan Immigration Bill, President Obama’s proposed measures regarding power plant emissions and energy in America, and an impending student loan rate increase. I know that many of you have strong feelings and interest in these issues and as your Senator I wanted to give you further information regarding actions being taken that will have a great impact on the future of our nation.The Real Facts Regarding the Bipartisan Immigration Bill. . .After years of debate, struggle and work on the issue of immigration reform three things are very clear -- the current immigration system is broken, fixing it will not be simple or easy, and reform is absolutely necessary. There are 11 million undocumented immigrants estimated to be in our country as a result of our broken system – and the legislation before Congress takes several important steps forward to prevent 11 million more from coming to our country illegally.I have heard from literally thousands of people across our state who have strong feelings on all sides of this issue. Yet, in the swirling storm of rhetoric – many facts about this legislation are getting lost in the conversation. I hope the below facts will help you better understand the realities of this legislation and what it is designed to address.• This bill does not grant amnesty. Rather, in order to be put on a pathway to citizenship, immigrants currently here illegally would have to pass “triggers” which include paying a fine, passing criminal and national security background checks and pay taxes. Only after the triggers have been met, can an illegal immigrant even apply for a green card.• This legislation significantly strengthens border security. An additional 20,000 Border Patrol Agents will be stationed along the southern border, more than doubling the current number already there. In addition, an additional 700 miles of fencing will be built; and businesses will be required to use E-verify – an Internet based system to ensure that employers hire only legal workers – making it virtually impossible to work in the United States illegally.• To further enhance border security from the inside out, I was successful in adding an amendment to create a mandatory biometric exit system at our nation’s top airports.• American taxpayers will be further protected by two additional amendments I introduced. These amendments ensure that federal welfare requirements are fully complied with; and unauthorized workers are prohibited from receiving Social Security benefits. In addition, I am going to keep pushing to include a requirement for back taxes to be paid by anyone who’s been here illegally.• Labor needs will be better met in our country in two areas. First, the legislation creates a guest-worker program that greatly helps Utah’s agricultural sector. And second, the bill includes several amendments I introduced to enhance our nation’s high-skilled employment base to ensure we can continue to compete in a global economy. It addresses education and training in the STEM fields – science, technology, engineering and math. And increases the number of highly skilled H-1B visas to be granted when these jobs are needed here in the United States, and decreases where they are not.• It permanently extends a visa program for religious workers.• It establishes strong penalties for growing marijuana on federal lands.Is this legislation perfect? No. But the Senate immigration bill makes sure that the 11 million people who are here illegally are paying into society, and it fixes many of the issues that are contributing to our broken immigration system.I will continue to work with the House of Representatives to ensure that we continue to improve this bill for our state and country.The following are links you can access to read more about this legislation and the statements I have made:In Speech, Hatch Outlines Reasons for Supporting the Bipartisan Immigration BillHatch Amendments Included in Hoeven-Corker Border Security ProposalHatch: Why I'm Voting Yes, Salt Lake Tribune, June 25, 2013President Obama’s Dangerous Proposed Energy MeasuresLet’s be clear about the consequences of what President Obama announced today regarding power plant emissions and energy production in our country – it means higher energy costs passed on to consumers, and fewer jobs at a time when three-quarters of the American people are living paycheck to paycheck. The fact he can’t get a national energy tax through Congress shows how unpopular his plan is. Just this morning it was reported that one of the President’s advisors is urging the President to wage a “war on coal.”Energy is the fuel of our nation’s economic growth and after one of the longest periods of economic stagnation in modern history, it’s simply baffling that President Obama is proceeding with this unilateral energy policy that will hurt Americans struggling to pay their bills and get a job.Student Loan Rate IncreaseUnless Congress takes action soon, federally-subsidized Stafford student loan rates will increase from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent. I recently supported legislation introduced by Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) to permanently reform the student loan program and provide lower rates for all students utilizing Stafford loans. Senate Democrats put forward a temporary two-year fix for only about 40 percent of students.Young people are already hurting under President Obama’s struggling economy, so the last thing we should be doing is giving them more uncertainty about their student loans. The structural differences in these two proposals are not that great. Instead of playing political games and trumping up a fake controversy, it’s my hope that Senate Democrats and President Obama will work with us to prevent this rate hike on our students.These are important issues our nation is grappling with, and I hope I have given you a little more helpful information. Please feel free to share your opinions or suggestions with me by visiting my website at:Sincerely,Orrin Hatch
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Dear Friend:

I wanted to quickly update you on major issues swirling in the news today including my decision to support the Bipartisan Immigration Bill, President Obama’s proposed measures regarding power plant emissions and energy in America, and an impending student loan rate increase. I know that many of you have strong feelings and interest in these issues and as your Senator I wanted to give you further information regarding actions being taken that will have a great impact on the future of our nation.

The Real Facts Regarding the Bipartisan Immigration Bill. . .

After years of debate, struggle and work on the issue of immigration reform three things are very clear -- the current immigration system is broken, fixing it will not be simple or easy, and reform is absolutely necessary. There are 11 million undocumented immigrants estimated to be in our country as a result of our broken system – and the legislation before Congress takes several important steps forward to prevent 11 million more from coming to our country illegally.

I have heard from literally thousands of people across our state who have strong feelings on all sides of this issue. Yet, in the swirling storm of rhetoric – many facts about this legislation are getting lost in the conversation. I hope the below facts will help you better understand the realities of this legislation and what it is designed to address.

• This bill does not grant amnesty. Rather, in order to be put on a pathway to citizenship, immigrants currently here illegally would have to pass “triggers” which include paying a fine, passing criminal and national security background checks and pay taxes. Only after the triggers have been met, can an illegal immigrant even apply for a green card.

• This legislation significantly strengthens border security. An additional 20,000 Border Patrol Agents will be stationed along the southern border, more than doubling the current number already there. In addition, an additional 700 miles of fencing will be built; and businesses will be required to use E-verify – an Internet based system to ensure that employers hire only legal workers – making it virtually impossible to work in the United States illegally.

• To further enhance border security from the inside out, I was successful in adding an amendment to create a mandatory biometric exit system at our nation’s top airports.

• American taxpayers will be further protected by two additional amendments I introduced. These amendments ensure that federal welfare requirements are fully complied with; and unauthorized workers are prohibited from receiving Social Security benefits. In addition, I am going to keep pushing to include a requirement for back taxes to be paid by anyone who’s been here illegally.

• Labor needs will be better met in our country in two areas. First, the legislation creates a guest-worker program that greatly helps Utah’s agricultural sector. And second, the bill includes several amendments I introduced to enhance our nation’s high-skilled employment base to ensure we can continue to compete in a global economy. It addresses education and training in the STEM fields – science, technology, engineering and math. And increases the number of highly skilled H-1B visas to be granted when these jobs are needed here in the United States, and decreases where they are not.

• It permanently extends a visa program for religious workers.

• It establishes strong penalties for growing marijuana on federal lands.

Is this legislation perfect? No. But the Senate immigration bill makes sure that the 11 million people who are here illegally are paying into society, and it fixes many of the issues that are contributing to our broken immigration system.

I will continue to work with the House of Representatives to ensure that we continue to improve this bill for our state and country.

The following are links you can access to read more about this legislation and the statements I have made:

In Speech, Hatch Outlines Reasons for Supporting the Bipartisan Immigration Bill

Hatch Amendments Included in Hoeven-Corker Border Security Proposal

Hatch:  Why I'm Voting Yes, Salt Lake Tribune, June 25, 2013

President Obama’s Dangerous Proposed Energy Measures

Let’s be clear about the consequences of what President Obama announced today regarding power plant emissions and energy production in our country – it means higher energy costs passed on to consumers, and fewer jobs at a time when three-quarters of the American people are living paycheck to paycheck. The fact he can’t get a national energy tax through Congress shows how unpopular his plan is. Just this morning it was reported that one of the President’s advisors is urging the President to wage a “war on coal.”

Energy is the fuel of our nation’s economic growth and after one of the longest periods of economic stagnation in modern history, it’s simply baffling that President Obama is proceeding with this unilateral energy policy that will hurt Americans struggling to pay their bills and get a job.

Student Loan Rate Increase

Unless Congress takes action soon, federally-subsidized Stafford student loan rates will increase from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent. I recently supported legislation introduced by Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) to permanently reform the student loan program and provide lower rates for all students utilizing Stafford loans. Senate Democrats put forward a temporary two-year fix for only about 40 percent of students.

Young people are already hurting under President Obama’s struggling economy, so the last thing we should be doing is giving them more uncertainty about their student loans. The structural differences in these two proposals are not that great. Instead of playing political games and trumping up a fake controversy, it’s my hope that Senate Democrats and President Obama will work with us to prevent this rate hike on our students.

These are important issues our nation is grappling with, and I hope I have given you a little more helpful information. Please feel free to share your opinions or suggestions with me by visiting my website at:

Sincerely,

Orrin Hatch

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