On October 4th of last year, as the debate over immigration reform was beginning, I
Last month, the Senate passed the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act, S.744, which creates a new registered provisional immigrant status, and attempts to condition such status on enhanced border security. After the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) notifies Congress that implementation of a comprehensive strategy for securing the southern border has begun, DHS may start processing applications for registered provisional immigrant status. This status may not be adjusted, however, until further progress is made toward securing the border, including enhanced technology, fencing and additional agents on the border. I do not support this approach.
Alternatively, the House Judiciary has taken a different approach, passing the Strengthen and Fortify Enforcement (SAFE) Act, H.R. 2278, which focuses solely on interior enforcement. The bill provides states and localities with the ability to assist in the enforcement of federal immigration law. Additionally, the bill makes it more difficult for illegal immigrants who are terrorists or pose a threat to national security to enter or remain in the country, and facilitates the removal of criminal illegal immigrants, including gang members. Finally, the bill strengthens border security, and authorizes immigration enforcement agents and deportation officers to make arrests for immigration violations. I supported this bill because I believe that enforcing our laws and strengthening our borders â€“ without conditions - must be our first priority.
Question of the week:
( ) The Senate bill to tie a new path to citizenship to border security.
( ) The House Judiciary bill to focus solely on enforcement and border security.
( ) Neither.
( ) I donâ€™t know.
( ) Other.
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