June 28, 2007

CRAPO: IMMIGRATION REFORM NEEDS MORE WORK

Washington, D.C. - Today Idaho Senator Mike Crapo voted against moving forward on immigration reform legislation, saying that the bill was a flawed approach to a critical issue. The final vote was 46-53, 14 votes short of what was needed to move forward with the legislation.

"Over the past several weeks I have heard an overwhelming response from Idahoans regarding immigration reform," said Crapo. "Clearly, change is desired but not if that change comes with offering amnesty to millions of people who have entered the country illegally.

"While there were several positive provisions in this legislation, it remained fundamentally flawed. The bill's 'Z-Visa' measure would grant immediate and permanent legal status to individuals who have illegally entered our country, essentially rewarding illegal entry. This is not an acceptable or effective means to sound immigration policy.

"The reality is much work remains to be done to properly address the current immigration situation. We must work to restore Americans' confidence in the government's ability to protect the integrity of our borders and enforce our existing laws.

"The underlying issue of immigration reform is one that will not go away. We must work for not just a temporary 'fix' but a solid solution that will secure our borders, not give incentives for more illegal immigration by rewarding illegal entry, allow Americans first right to access available jobs and enable a reasonable guest worker program. The American people deserve and demand our attention to this critical issue."

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