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Romney Blasts McCain-Kennedy 2.0’s Amnesty-Lite (UPDATE: Fred Joins Mitt In Blasting Bill.)

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From Mitt

Boston, MA – Governor Mitt Romney issued the following statement on today’s U.S. Senate agreement on immigration reform:

“I strongly oppose today’s bill going through the Senate. It is the wrong approach. Any legislation that allows illegal immigrants to stay in the country indefinitely, as the new ‘Z-Visa’ does, is a form of amnesty. That is unfair to the millions of people who have applied to legally immigrate to the U.S.

“Today’s Senate agreement falls short of the actions needed to both solve our country’s illegal immigration problem and also strengthen our legal immigration system. Border security and a reliable employment verification system must be our first priority.”

I am not surprised given my interview of Romney from yesterday. Key excerpt:

MR: [First] we secure the border, two, we have an employment verification system, and three, of the 12 million who are here, I’m telling them go register, go get your card, we’re going to have a realistic attrition program. And it’s an RAP, realistic attrition program. If they, for instance, have a child in school, we may let them complete the school year, and then they return home. When they are home, they’re able to apply for permanent residency, or for citizenship, or anything else they’d like to apply for. But they get no advantage by having been here illegally. And that for me is the key thing. If somebody is going to get a special pathway by having come here illegally to be able to stay, or become a citizen, then that’s rewarding illegal activity. It’s not fair to those who stood in line. And in my view, it’s a form of amnesty.

HH: Now Governor, in McCain-Kennedy, there was a provision for the awarding to illegal immigrants of social security benefits for the years they had spent working in this country. Do you favor that?

MR: No, I think that’s another mistake in the bill. There are a number of things that are wrong in it. The provision of social security for illegal aliens, I think, was a mistake. The provision that said that you could get in line to become a permanent resident or citizen by paying three of your last five years of taxes, that was a mistake. And the whole concept that people who are here illegally would receive an advantage towards being able to stay here, relative to people who’ve been waiting in line in their own country, that doesn’t make sense to me, and it says to people globally, hey, if you want to get ahead in coming to America, don’t wait in line in your home country, but go over there on a tourist visa, and stay over. That’s the wrong signal.

Where are Fred and Rudy?

UPDATE: Fred Thompson comes out against the bill:

“With this bill, the American people are going to think they are being sold the same bill of goods as before on border security. We should scrap this bill and the whole debate until we can convince the American people that we have secured the borders or at least have made great headway.”

Here is the contact info for GOP Senators:


Alexander, Lamar– (TN) (202) 224-4944

Allard, Wayne– (CO) (202) 224-5941 [# More #]

Bennett, Robert F.– (R – UT) (202) 224-5444

Bond, Christopher S.– (MO) (202) 224-5721

Brownback, Sam– (KS) (202) 224-6521

Bunning, Jim– (KY) (202) 224-4343

Burr, Richard– (NC) (202) 224-3154

Chambliss, Saxby– (R – GA) (202) 224-3521…

Coburn, Tom– (OK) (202) 224-5754

Cochran, Thad– (MS) (202) 224-5054

Coleman, Norm– (MN) (202) 224-5641

Collins, Susan M.– (ME) (202) 224-2523…

Corker, Bob– (TN) (202) 224-3344

Cornyn, John– (TX) (202) 224-2934

Craig, Larry E.– (ID) (202) 224-2752

Crapo, Mike– (ID) (202) 224-6142

DeMint, Jim– (SC) (202) 224-6121

Dole, Elizabeth– (NC) (202) 224-6342…

Domenici, Pete V.– (NM) (202) 224-6621

Ensign, John– (NV) (202) 224-6244

Enzi, Michael B.– (WY) (202) 224-3424…

Graham, Lindsey– (SC) (202) 224-5972

Grassley, Chuck– (IA) (202) 224-3744

Gregg, Judd– (NH) (202) 224-3324

Hagel, Chuck– (NE) (202) 224-4224

Hatch, Orrin G.– (UT) (202) 224-5251

Hutchison, Kay Bailey– (TX) (202) 224-5922

Inhofe, James M.– (OK) (202) 224-4721

Isakson, Johnny– (GA) (202) 224-3643

Kyl, Jon– (AZ) (202) 224-4521

Lott, Trent– (MS) (202) 224-6253

Lugar, Richard G.– (IN) (202) 224-4814

Martinez, Mel– (FL) (202) 224-3041…

McCain, John– (AZ) (202) 224-2235

McConnell, Mitch– (KY) (202) 224-2541

Murkowski, Lisa– (AK) (202) 224-6665

Roberts, Pat– (KS) (202) 224-4774…

Sessions, Jeff– (AL) (202) 224-4124

Shelby, Richard C.– (AL) (202) 224-5744

Smith, Gordon H.– (OR) (202) 224-3753

Snowe, Olympia J.– (ME) (202) 224-5344

Specter, Arlen– (PA) (202) 224-4254

Stevens, Ted– (AK) (202) 224-3004…

Sununu, John E.– (NH) (202) 224-2841

Thomas, Craig– (WY) (202) 224-6441

Thune, John– (SD) (202) 224-2321

Vitter, David– (LA) (202) 224-4623

Voinovich, George V.– (OH) (202) 224-3353….

Warner, John– (VA) (202) 224-2023 Web Form:


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