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.
(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator David Vitter (R-La.), Chair of the Senate Border Security Caucus, made the following statement regarding President Obama’s plan to grant executive amnesty by providing legal status and work permits to five million illegal immigrants.
(Metairie, La.) - U.S. Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) recently reached out to John White, Louisiana Superintendent of Education, regarding the state’s ability to handle the influx of the 1,275 unaccompanied alien children (UACs) relocated to Louisiana. Since White’s initial response, the number of UACs relocated to the state has increased to 1,652, and he estimated it will cost Louisiana nearly $7 million, if not more, to educate them in the 2014-2015 school year.
(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) reached out to John White, Louisiana Superintendent of Education, regarding the state’s ability to handle the influx of the 1,275 unaccompanied alien children (UACs) relocated to Louisiana. Vitter has said the influx is a direct result of the Obama Administration’s policies.
(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) today called on Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) to bring legislation passed through the House of Representatives to enforce immigration law to a vote in the Senate. President Obama announced last week that he will defer any action on immigration until after the midterm elections. Vitter called on Reid last month to bring the Senate back into session to address the border crisis.
(Washington, D.C.) -- U.S. Senator David Vitter (R-La.) today spoke out against the decision by Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to release illegal immigrants convicted of “homicide-related” offenses that had been awaiting deportation proceedings. ICE responded to a request from Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) disclosing that it released 169 convicted illegals from over 130 zip codes in 2013. At least two of the zip codes mentioned are from Louisiana: Kenner and Baton Rouge, released through the South Louisiana Detention Center.
(Metairie, La.) - U.S. Sen. David Vitter (R-La.), Chairman of the U.S. Senate Border Security Caucus, is calling on Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to vote on legislation to address the southern border crisis. Before the U.S. House of Representatives adjourned for August, they passed two bills to address the border crisis by blocking President Barack Obama from continuing or expanding amnesty through the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.