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. Sen. David Vitter today announced his Committee assignments for the 114th Congress starting in January. Vitter has been appointed to the powerful Senate Judiciary Committee, which has jurisdiction over all judicial nominations, including the Attorney General, and oversees immigration policy.Read More
(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator David Vitter (R-La.) today announced his commitment to oppose the nomination of Loretta Lynch as U.S. Attorney General (AG) until she affirms her opposition to moving forward with any executive action to grant amnesty to five million illegal immigrants.Read More
(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) today made the following statement ahead of the U.S. House of Representatives vote on government funding legislation.Read More
(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.Read More
ICYMI: Collision Ahead: Congress ponders how to stop Obama’s executive amnesty for illegal immigrants (Weekly Standard)
Sen. David Vitter (R-La.), is working with some of his colleagues in the Senate to block President Obama’s executive amnesty.Read More
(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.Read More