Coats Notes: Immigration Reform Bill Set to Make the Same Mistakes of 1986

Senator Dan Coats
2013-06-28 18:16:23
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Thanks for reading, Dan Coats _____ Immigration Reform Bill Set to Make the Same Mistakes of 1986 <iqs3.solutions.lmit.com/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx coats-iq&crop=15945.10222967.5343777.7189397&redirect=http%3a%2f%2fwww.y outube.com%2fwatch%3fv%3dBhp8aB7Mrow%26amp%3bfeature%3dc4-overview%26amp %3blist%3dUUipTNiqJBYHutxpMxo0UOYw> <iqs3.solutions.lmit.com/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx coats-iq&crop=15945.10222967.5343777.7189397&redirect=http%3a%2f%2fwww.y outube.com%2fwatch%3fv%3dBhp8aB7Mrow%26amp%3bfeature%3dc4-overview%26amp %3blist%3dUUipTNiqJBYHutxpMxo0UOYw> On Thursday, the Senate passed a comprehensive immigration reform bill. While I strongly believe we must fix our current broken immigration system, I could not support the Senate legislation because it is set to repeat some of the same mistakes of the 1986 Immigration Reform and Control Act. The bipartisan plan signed into law by former President Ronald Reagan in 1986 provided a pathway to citizenship first with the promise that we would get control of our southern border. But it didn't work. At the time there were approximately three million illegal immigrants living in the United States. Now there are upwards of 11 million illegal individuals. The American people deserve an immigration system that is fair, effective and delivers on past promises to secure our nation's borders. While there are some good measures in the bill that passed on Thursday, the legislation does not avert the fundamental mistake of 1986 - granting legal status with only promises, not proven results, of border security. Instead, the current bill only requires that the Department of Homeland Security submit a strategy on border security to Congress before granting undocumented individuals provisional status. A strategy to secure our borders is not enough. Unfortunately, sensible amendments, including one I offered, that would have strengthened border security measures as a requirement to a pathway to citizenship were denied a direct vote. As this debate progressed over the past several weeks, I heard from thousands of Hoosiers that expressed deep reservations and skepticism about the Senate bill. In order to obtain the trust of the American people, this legislation needed to ensure real results on securing our borders before beginning the path to citizenship for illegal immigrants. As the son of an immigrant and the ranking Republican on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security, I will continue working for immigration reform, border security and other measures to successfully address the flow of illegal immigration. Our immigration system must be repaired for those who have been standing in line for far too long waiting to become citizens the right way and for the American people who have been promised before that we will get control of our borders. It must be repaired for the American businesses trying to keep talented, high-skilled people here in our country that in turn leads to economic growth and job creation. It must be repaired for the agriculture industry in Indiana so they have access to workers. And it must be repaired for the sake of our nation's security. Unfortunately, this bill does not solve many of the problems we face with our immigration system but instead throws more taxpayer dollars and resources at the issue. I hope the House of Representatives will come forward with alternative legislation that is more credible than what the Senate passed this week. 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 Immigration Reform Bill Set to Make
the Same Mistakes of 1986
 
 
 
   
 
 

On Thursday, the Senate passed a comprehensive immigration reform bill. While I strongly believe we must fix our current broken immigration system, I could not support the Senate legislation because it is set to repeat some of the same mistakes of the 1986 Immigration Reform and Control Act.  

The bipartisan plan signed into law by former President Ronald Reagan in 1986 provided a pathway to citizenship first with the promise that we would get control of our southern border. But it didn’t work. At the time there were approximately three million illegal immigrants living in the United States. Now there are upwards of 11 million illegal individuals.

The American people deserve an immigration system that is fair, effective and delivers on past promises to secure our nation’s borders. While there are some good measures in the bill that passed on Thursday, the legislation does not avert the fundamental mistake of 1986 – granting legal status with only promises, not proven results, of border security. 

Instead, the current bill only requires that the Department of Homeland Security submit a strategy on border security to Congress before granting undocumented individuals provisional status. A strategy to secure our borders is not enough. Unfortunately, sensible amendments, including one I offered, that would have strengthened border security measures as a requirement to a pathway to citizenship were denied a direct vote.

As this debate progressed over the past several weeks, I heard from thousands of Hoosiers that expressed deep reservations and skepticism about the Senate bill. In order to obtain the trust of the American people, this legislation needed to ensure real results on securing our borders before beginning the path to citizenship for illegal immigrants. 

As the son of an immigrant and the ranking Republican on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security, I will continue working for immigration reform, border security and other measures to successfully address the flow of illegal immigration. Our immigration system must be repaired for those who have been standing in line for far too long waiting to become citizens the right way and for the American people who have been promised before that we will get control of our borders. It must be repaired for the American businesses trying to keep talented, high-skilled people here in our country that in turn leads to economic growth and job creation. It must be repaired for the agriculture industry in Indiana so they have access to workers. And it must be repaired for the sake of our nation’s security.

Unfortunately, this bill does not solve many of the problems we face with our immigration system but instead throws more taxpayer dollars and resources at the issue. I hope the House of Representatives will come forward with alternative legislation that is more credible than what the Senate passed this week.

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

Coats in the News

Sen. Dan Coats Talks Political Topics at Luncheon

Indiana's Vets Have Long Wait to Get Disability Benefits

Senator's Pitch Worth Debating  

Pence, Coats, Stutzman Against Plans

Obama's EPA Push Likely to Affect Ind. Energy   


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On Thursday, members of Avon's Faith Baptist Church met me for a photo on the steps of the Capitol.  

I had the opportunity to meet Jeffersonville resident Omar Badreddine on Thursday. He visited  D.C. with a student delegation  of young leaders interested in politics.

Interns play a vital role assisting my staff and I with day to day operations. On Tuesday, I thanked them for their hard work, and we discussed their goals for this summer. All seven of our D.C interns are from Indiana. 

Click here to learn more about internship opportunities in my Indianapolis and D.C. offices. 

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