April 07, 2006

Crapo Holds Out Hope For Sound Immigration Reform

Comprehensive Border Security and Immigration Reform Needed

Washington, DC â?? Idaho Senator Mike Crapo says the proper balance has not yet been achieved in immigration reform legislation pending in the Senate, and expresses frustration with Senate Democrats holding up debate and votes on amendments to improve the legislation. Crapo says that while he supports the border security measurers considered on the floor of the Senate, disagreement remains over how to address illegal immigration.â??We must have the ability to secure our borders in order to enable a sensible guest worker program and national security. We have agreement on border security issues, but the Senate remains sharply divided over amendments related to amnesty and the reform of guest worker programs,â?? Crapo said. â??A key principle of sound immigration policy is not rewarding illegal entry into the U.S. through amnesty. While compromise legislation proposed in the Senate is a step in the right direction, more must be done to ensure that illegal immigration is not rewarded.â??I am hopeful that the Senate can work to pass meaningful legislation that does not reward illegal immigration through amnesty, includes strong border security and enforcement, and ensures that American citizens have the first right to available jobs,â?? said Crapo. # # #