Border Security Caucus

One in 25 residents currently living in the United States is here illegally. Over the last decade, immigration has been the highest in history – over 11 million immigrants arrived, over half of them (5 million plus) without legal status.

It’s critical to consider these trends as we work through the most recent Senate “Gang of 8” immigration reform proposal. There are a number of very legitimate concerns about the 1076-page legislation. First, the Gang of 8 is asking for legalization first, border security second. We cannot accept amnesty in exchange for a promise of future immigration enforcement. We fell for that trick with the 1986 blanket amnesty and, unsurprisingly, it only encouraged futures waves of illegal immigrants. There is no guarantee that this or any future administration will achieve operational control of the border absent serious pro-enforcement legislation.

Second, the cost of giving amnesty to over 11 million illegal immigrants will result in millions of dollars in federal debt. When our federal debt already limits our ability to support legal citizens of our country, the last thing we should be doing is adding to that with more debt.

The Border Security and Enforcement First Immigration Caucus members recognize that Congress has presented the American people with a false choice in solving the illegal immigration problem – give illegal aliens amnesty or round them up and deport them en masse. The principle mission of the Caucus is to promote a true, achievable alternative: attrition through enforcement. Living illegally in the United States will become more difficult and less satisfying over time when the government – at all levels – enforces all of the laws already on the books.

The Caucus is a platform to let Americans know that some in the U. S. Senate are continuing to make sure that the laws already on the books will be enforced, act as the voice of those concerned citizens who have expressed their opinions time and time again for interior enforcement and border security, push for stronger border security and interior enforcement legislation, and work together in the U.S. Senate to defeat future legislation that may be considered amnesty.

Caucus Membership:
U.S. Sen. David Vitter (Chairman)
U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions
U.S. Sen. James Inhofe
U.S. Sen. Richard Burr
U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss
U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson
U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker
U.S. Sen. Mike Enzi
U.S. Sen. John Thune


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