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

Thursday, May 17, 2007  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt
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From Mitt Romney.com:

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:

GOP SENATORS:

Alexander, Lamar– (TN) (202) 224-4944 alexander.senate.gov/index.cfm?FuseAction=Contact.Home

Allard, Wayne– (CO) (202) 224-5941 allard.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=Contact.Home [# More #]

Bennett, Robert F.– (R – UT) (202) 224-5444 bennett.senate.gov/contact/emailmain.html

Bond, Christopher S.– (MO) (202) 224-5721 bond.senate.gov/contact/contactme.cfm

Brownback, Sam– (KS) (202) 224-6521 brownback.senate.gov/CMEmailMe.cfm

Bunning, Jim– (KY) (202) 224-4343 bunning.senate.gov/index.cfm?FuseAction=Contact.Email

Burr, Richard– (NC) (202) 224-3154 burr.senate.gov/index.cfm?FuseAction=Contact.Home

Chambliss, Saxby– (R – GA) (202) 224-3521 chambliss.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=ContactU…

Coburn, Tom– (OK) (202) 224-5754 coburn.senate.gov/index.cfm?FuseAction=Contact.Home

Cochran, Thad– (MS) (202) 224-5054 cochran.senate.gov/contact.htm

Coleman, Norm– (MN) (202) 224-5641 coleman.senate.gov/index.cfm?FuseAction=Contact.ContactForm

Collins, Susan M.– (ME) (202) 224-2523 collins.senate.gov/public/continue.cfm?FuseAction=Contact…

Corker, Bob– (TN) (202) 224-3344 corker.senate.gov/Contact/index.cfm

Cornyn, John– (TX) (202) 224-2934 cornyn.senate.gov/contact/index.html

Craig, Larry E.– (ID) (202) 224-2752 craig.senate.gov/email/

Crapo, Mike– (ID) (202) 224-6142 crapo.senate.gov/contact/email.cfm

DeMint, Jim– (SC) (202) 224-6121 demint.senate.gov/index.cfm?FuseAction=Contact.Home

Dole, Elizabeth– (NC) (202) 224-6342 dole.senate.gov/index.cfm?FuseAction=ContactInformation.C…

Domenici, Pete V.– (NM) (202) 224-6621 domenici.senate.gov/contact/contactform.cfm

Ensign, John– (NV) (202) 224-6244 ensign.senate.gov/forms/email_form.cfm

Enzi, Michael B.– (WY) (202) 224-3424 enzi.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=ContactInform…

Graham, Lindsey– (SC) (202) 224-5972 lgraham.senate.gov/index.cfm?mode=contact

Grassley, Chuck– (IA) (202) 224-3744 grassley.senate.gov/index.cfm?FuseAction=Contact.Home

Gregg, Judd– (NH) (202) 224-3324 gregg.senate.gov/sitepages/contact.cfm

Hagel, Chuck– (NE) (202) 224-4224 hagel.senate.gov/index.cfm?FuseAction=Contact.Home

Hatch, Orrin G.– (UT) (202) 224-5251 hatch.senate.gov/index.cfm?Fuseaction=Offices.Contact

Hutchison, Kay Bailey– (TX) (202) 224-5922 hutchison.senate.gov/contact.html

Inhofe, James M.– (OK) (202) 224-4721 inhofe.senate.gov/contactus.htm

Isakson, Johnny– (GA) (202) 224-3643 isakson.senate.gov/contact.cfm

Kyl, Jon– (AZ) (202) 224-4521 kyl.senate.gov/contact.cfm

Lott, Trent– (MS) (202) 224-6253 lott.senate.gov/index.cfm?FuseAction=Contact.Email

Lugar, Richard G.– (IN) (202) 224-4814 senator_lugar@lugar.senate.gov

Martinez, Mel– (FL) (202) 224-3041 martinez.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=ContactIn…

McCain, John– (AZ) (202) 224-2235 mccain.senate.gov/index.cfm?fuseaction=Contact.Home

McConnell, Mitch– (KY) (202) 224-2541 mcconnell.senate.gov/contact_form.cfm

Murkowski, Lisa– (AK) (202) 224-6665 murkowski.senate.gov/contact.cfm

Roberts, Pat– (KS) (202) 224-4774 roberts.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=ContactInf…

Sessions, Jeff– (AL) (202) 224-4124 sessions.senate.gov/email/contact.cfm

Shelby, Richard C.– (AL) (202) 224-5744 senator@shelby.senate.gov

Smith, Gordon H.– (OR) (202) 224-3753 gsmith.senate.gov/webform.htm

Snowe, Olympia J.– (ME) (202) 224-5344 snowe.senate.gov/contact.htm

Specter, Arlen– (PA) (202) 224-4254 specter.senate.gov/index.cfm?FuseAction=ContactInfo.Home

Stevens, Ted– (AK) (202) 224-3004 stevens.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=Contact.Em…

Sununu, John E.– (NH) (202) 224-2841 www.sununu.senate.gov/webform.html

Thomas, Craig– (WY) (202) 224-6441 thomas.senate.gov/index.cfm?FuseAction=Contact.Home

Thune, John– (SD) (202) 224-2321 thune.senate.gov/index.cfm?FuseAction=Contact.Home

Vitter, David– (LA) (202) 224-4623 vitter.senate.gov/?module=webformIQV1

Voinovich, George V.– (OH) (202) 224-3353 voinovich.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=Contact….

Warner, John– (VA) (202) 224-2023 Web Form: warner.senate.gov/contact/contactme.cfm

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