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?
“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 alexander.senate.gov/index.cfm?FuseAction=Contact.Home
Allard, Wayne– (CO) (202) 224-5941 allard.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=Contact.Home [# More #]
Bunning, Jim– (KY) (202) 224-4343 bunning.senate.gov/index.cfm?FuseAction=Contact.Email
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
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…
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…
Enzi, Michael B.– (WY) (202) 224-3424 enzi.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=ContactInform…
Grassley, Chuck– (IA) (202) 224-3744 grassley.senate.gov/index.cfm?FuseAction=Contact.Home
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
Lott, Trent– (MS) (202) 224-6253 lott.senate.gov/index.cfm?FuseAction=Contact.Email
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
Roberts, Pat– (KS) (202) 224-4774 roberts.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=ContactInf…
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…
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
Voinovich, George V.– (OH) (202) 224-3353 voinovich.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=Contact….