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.
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. 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.Read More
(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.Read More
(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator David Vitter (R-La.) said today that the Obama administration is hiding numbers about how many unaccompanied alien children (UAC) are in Louisiana. On July 10, 2014 Vitter requested specific information about how many immigrant minors are being relocated to Louisiana. While the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has not responded, Vitter has uncovered that there are a total of 3215 cases in Louisiana.Read More
Vitter Introduces Legislation to Stop Illegal Immigrants from Receiving Obamacare, Tuition Tax Credits
(Washington, D.C.) -- U.S. Senator David Vitter (R-La.) today introduced a package of bills to prevent illegal immigrants from receiving healthcare subsides through Obamacare and higher education tax credits.Read More
(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) spoke on the Senate floor today about how the illegal immigration crisis at the border is working its way into Louisiana. Vitter highlighted several facilities, including military bases, in Louisiana that have been contacted by the Obama Administration to house unaccompanied alien children (UACs).Read More
( U.S. Senator David Vitter (R-La.) and Congressman Tom Price, M.D. (R-Ga.) sent a letter to the Government Accountability Office (GAO), the federal government’s watchdog, urging them to review remittances being sent to another country by illegal immigrants. They also request GAO to review the benefits of Vitter’s Remittance Status Verification.Read More