Poe Calls for Stronger Border Protections, Denounces Senate Amnesty Bill

WASHINGTON, DCCongressman Ted Poe released the following statement on the Senate's immigration compromise:

The Senates latest version of immigration reform legislation is just the second verse to the same old amnesty song.

"The Senate Amnesty Bill allows for people living in our country illegally to pay a fee to excuse their crime. This 'government kick back' would be the same as allowing someone who trespasses on your land to pay a fine and continue to live on your land. As a former judge I have sent hundreds of criminals to the penitentiary and I am sure that anyone of them would have gladly paid a fine, found a job, and promised to be a good person to avoid punishment for breaking the law. I will not support legislation that holds American citizens to a higher standard than those who knowingly and willingly entered our country illegally.

"This plan continues to offer a lot of lip service to border security and I feel that it is impossible to address any immigration reform without securing our border first. The security highlights of this so-called compromise just repackages current laws we have now that are simply not being enforced. Our legal immigration system is in chaos and it doesn't take much common sense to know that adding millions more to the broken system will not work. This is a disgraceful message to send to the legal immigrants in our country and those in the process of coming here the right way. Our government can not have two sets of standards for people coming to our country, it is the very basis of discrimination.

"This plan also assumes that the people living here illegally want to be American citizens. What recourse do we have when they fail to meet the requirements of yet another Amnesty offer? None. The amnesty gift plan Congress passed in 1986 proved that it will not stop people from coming here illegally, in fact it encouraged more illegal immigration. It was believed that there were three million illegals here in 1986 and now, 20 years later, we are looking at 20 million with no end in sight.

There is nothing political about the rule of law in our country. It is illegal to come here without the permission of our government regardless of your reasons. This issue has been manipulated to cater to the political agenda of some and the desire for cheap plantation labor of others.

"The American people will not stand for amnesty any way you dress it up, nor will I.