Congressman Ted Poe (TX-02) responded today with his disapproval of the Senate Judiciary Committees proposals on illegal immigration reform. In December 2005, the House passed H.R.4437, a bill designed specifically to deal with border enforcement. Yesterday, the Senate Judiciary Committee made several amendments to that proposal. Among those proposals were the weakening of border enforcement provisions in H.R. 4437 and the creation of a path to legalization of the nearly 12 million illegal immigrants living in the United States today.

Congressman Poe Issued the Following Statement:

The recent vote by the Senate Judiciary Committee does not reflect the will of the American people. I do not support legislation that will simply condone illegal conduct by granting amnesty to those who knowingly and willing ignore our laws. I support immigration and the plight for a better life in our country, but I believe it must be achieved legally. Public protests, the waving of foreign flags, and demands by illegal immigrants on a country to which they are not citizens is a form of intimidation to American Citizens. We can not let absurd politically correct politics get in the way of basic common sense. To achieve the American Dream and reap the rewards of being an American, it must be expected that you are an American citizen. I expect that all those wanting to come here should do so legally. After all, unless they are invited as a guest they are an intruder into our homeland.