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.), 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.
(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator David Vitter (R-La.) today introduced his legislation, the Birthright Citizenship Act, to prevent the practice of birthright tourism. Vitter’s legislation would close a loophole by clarifying that birthright citizenship is only given to the children of U.S. citizens and legal resident aliens. Vitter introduced his legislation as an amendment to the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act before the U.S. Senate.
(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) today made the following statement regarding recent reports that federal agents raided several Southern California sites connected to multimillion-dollar birth-tourism businesses. Birth tourism has been happening for years, including by illegal immigrants, but the recent raids were of businesses that enabled thousands of Chinese women to travel to the United States to give birth and then return to China with their children as U.S. citizens.
(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) today pushed to eliminate funding for President Obama’s executive amnesty for illegal immigrants as part of the Department of Homeland Security funding bill. Vitter supported the version passed by the House of Representatives. The Senate passed legislation without language to eliminate this funding by 68-31. Vitter opposed the legislation.
U.S. Senator David Vitter (R-La.), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, yesterday questioned Loretta Lynch, President Obama’s nominee for U.S. Attorney General (AG), on Obama’s executive amnesty for illegal immigrants during the Committee’s nomination hearings. Vitter is the Deputy Chairman of the Immigration Subcommittee and the Chairman of the Senate Border Security and Enforcement First Caucus.