Politics : Jones rejects amnesty for illegal immigrants
Posted by Jason Saine on 2007/4/3 20:00:00 (96 reads) News by the same author

“Amnesty hurts vulnerable American workers, burdens American taxpayers, and rewards lawbreakers.”

Washington, D.C. – In a letter this week to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, Third District Representative Walter B. Jones (R-NC) united with other members of the Immigration Reform Caucus asking the Speaker not to bring amnesty legislation to the floor of the House as part of its consideration of immigration reform.

“Citizenship is the greatest honor and responsibility our country can offer. Millions of people around the world play by the rules, obey the law, and often wait years for the opportunity to legally immigrate,” the letter states.

“When Congress granted permanent residence to millions of illegal immigrants in 1986, we required them to wait, pay a fine, and ‘learn’ English. The result was legally and publicly recognized as amnesty,” the letter continues.

“Amnesty hurts vulnerable American workers, burdens American taxpayers, and rewards lawbreakers,” the letter states. “It encourages more illegal immigration. And it tells all those who have patiently waited abroad for their turn to come to the United States that they are foolish.”

“The United States has the most generous legal immigration system in the world. We should take the side of American workers and taxpayers, legal immigrants and the rule of law. Please oppose any effort to put illegal immigrants on the path to amnesty,” the letter concludes.

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