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Wednesday, April 05, 2006

My Senator's Stance On Immigration

Monday I sent a letter to Senator Coburn about illegal immigration. This is his response. Dr. Coburn don't fit the model of the beltway. For that reason we will send him back again next time if he chooses to run for the senate again. Oh and he is a pretty good family doctor.

From : Senator_Coburn@mailout.senate.gov
Sent : Wednesday, April 5, 2006 2:31 PM
To : patricia_hughes@msn.com
Subject : Correspondence from Senator Coburn
April 5, 2006
Mrs. Patricia Hughes
Rural Route 2 Box 367B
Wagoner, Oklahoma 74467
Dear Mrs. Hughes:
Thank you for taking the time to contact me to express your views on
immigration reform. I believe legal immigration is a very important part
of our heritage and economy, but illegal immigration is a threat to our
nation's security and should not be tolerated.
There certainly is a great difference between legal and illegal
immigration. We as a nation benefit from the hardworking dedication and
innovations many immigrants contribute to our nation. In recent decades,
however, too many immigrants have broken our country's immigration laws.
As a result, the Department of Homeland Security estimates there are
currently between 8 million and 12 million illegal immigrants living in
the United States. The presence of so many illegal, undocumented
immigrants in the United States places a burden on federal, state and
local budgets, and displaces American workers and students. Tolerating
illegal immigration also undermines the rule of law and allows terrorists
to enter the country.
I welcome qualified, documented workers to our country to temporarily fill
voids in our workforce and return to their homeland when their time
expires. When a need is clearly demonstrable, I will support an increase
in certain visas. I will not, however, support amnesty as a component to
any immigration reform plan. I adamantly believe that granting amnesty to
illegal immigrants is not the solution to America's illegal immigration
problem. Amnesty rewards those who break our laws, encourages the further
violation of our laws and perpetuates illegal immigration. The
Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA) of 1986, which provided amnesty
to 2.8 million illegal immigrants, has not halted a stream of immigrants
from entering our country without proper documentation. I have taken
every opportunity to vote against granting amnesty to illegal immigrants
living in America and I will continue to do so.
I firmly believe the most efficient way to address America's illegal
immigration problem is to secure our borders, strictly enforce immigration
laws and remove incentives to illegal immigration. I am proud to be an
original co-sponsor of the Border Security and Interior Enforcement
Improvement Act of 2005 (S. 2377), with Senators Ben Nelson of Nebraska
and Jeff Sessions of Alabama.
As you may know, the Senate Judiciary Committee recently approved a
comprehensive immigration reform bill by Chairman Arlen Specter. I
offered several amendments to increase the law-enforcement provisions in
this legislation. One of the most important amendments I was able to
insert in the bill will make it easier for the federal government to use
the process of "expedited removal" on illegal immigrants who are currently
in the United States, and will allow the federal government to remove
illegal immigrants who are currently incarcerated in prisons. In Oklahoma
alone, the cost of incarcerating illegal immigrants is more than $11
million. At nearly $26,000 per inmate, the total federal cost of illegal
immigrant incarceration is more than $1.3 billion per year.
I ultimately voted against the legislation in the Judiciary Committee
because it contained language creating a massive guest worker program and
an opportunity for a sweeping amnesty. I am adamantly opposed to any
effort to grant amnesty to illegal immigrants and I believe we must first
act to secure our border before we consider a guest worker program.
As immigration reform is debated by the full Senate, please know I will
remain vigilant in securing our borders and working for strong and
sensible immigration law. The Constitution gives the federal government
no greater responsibility than the defense and security of our nation.
Again, thank you for letting me know your views on this issue. Please
stay in touch and let me know if I can be of assistance in any way.
Sincerely,
Tom Coburn
United States Senator
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