Border Security Caucus
Americans have been presented with a false choice between granting a complete amnesty to over 11 million illegal immigrants, or building walls to hide behind and the forced deportation of these illegals. This false choice has been concocted by the Obama administration and his Democrat allies in Congress in an effort to discredit any enforcement policies. To further this myth, a bipartisan gang of Senators released a document of principles outlining supposed common-sense proposals for comprehensive immigration reform. The problem is that these are the same old amnesty ideas that have been rejected by Congress and the American people, and we know they don’t work.
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 trillions 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.
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
(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senators David Vitter (R-La.) and Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, today introduced the Stop Sanctuary Cities Act to withhold funding from sanctuary states or cities that fail to comply with detainer requests issued by the Department of Homeland Security.Read More
(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator David Vitter (R-La.), Deputy Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee’s Immigration Subcommittee, today pressed the Obama administration on its lack of enforcement on illegal immigration, particularly regarding sanctuary cities.Read More
(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator David Vitter (R-La.), Chair of the Senate Border Security Caucus and Deputy Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee’s Immigration Subcommittee, today announced that the Judiciary Committee will vote on his legislation that would prohibit federal law enforcement funds from being distributed to sanctuary cities that refuse to cooperate with federal immigration authorities and instead provide safe harbor for illegal immigrants.Read More
(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator David Vitter (R-La.), Chair of the Senate Border Security Caucus and Deputy Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee’s Immigration Subcommittee, today introduced an amendment to legislation before the Senate that would prohibit federal law enforcement funds from being distributed to sanctuary cities that encourage and provide safe harbor for illegal immigrants.Read More
(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator David Vitter (R-La.), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, along with Senator Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) and seven other Judiciary Committee members, is pushing the Department of Homeland Security to come forward with information regarding criminal activity by illegal aliens.Read More
(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator David Vitter (R-La.), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, today voted against confirmation of Loretta Lynch to be the next Attorney General. The U.S. Senate confirmed Lynch’s nomination today 56-43.Read More