Monday, January 05, 2009

2009 Legislative Session in January

The upcoming session of the Utah legislature should remind everyone of the continuing need for legislation stemming illegal immigration in the state (SB 81 was a good start). At a minimum, two issues need to be rectified - Instate Tuition and Driver Privilege Cards.

Hopefully, legislators (and voters) will remember last year's Press Release on the subject:

For questions contact Rep. Carl Wimmer 801-608-4763
Key Utah Legislators oppose The Border Security and Immigration Reform Act of 2007

As Legislators in the Utah House of Representatives we stand together to call upon our Senate and Congressional delegation to oppose the Border Security and Immigration Reform Act which the senate will be hearing this week.

This so-called "Immigration Reform" highlights the failure of our federal government, to protect our sovereign rights as a country. Instead of enforcing the current laws passed by Congress and signed in 1996, the current Congress seems determined to vote on new laws that will most likely not be enforced. It is truly government at its worst.

Unfortunately Congress is too often willing to accept poor law simply because there are a few quality compromises within it. In this comprehensive and lengthy bill, Title’s I, II and III are outstanding pieces of legislation and completely worthy of support. These titles deal with the realities of the situation at hand and would increase the enforcement of our current laws. They would clearly create greater security for our country but unfortunately the bills up side end in Title III.

With the sole exceptions of the above three titles, the Border Security and Immigration Reform Act is nothing more than an all out blanket amnesty bill. The law is aimed at giving a complete, quick and lawful status to those who have broken our country’s law’s, does the rule of law mean nothing anymore?

We reject such amnesty, as a reward for those who have lied, cheated and broken the rules to get into our country. Such a plan gives preference to those who have violated the law over those who have followed the law and patiently await legal entrance into the United States. The message we are sending is that if you break the law you will be rewarded.

As Utah legislators, we must continually deal with the complete and utter failure of the federal government to secure our borders and enforce our current laws. It is incomprehensible that Congress would propose another amnesty plan after the dismal failure of the 1986 amnesty that has helped lead us to this point.

A recent estimation in regards to the cost of amnesty and earned citizenship for just 7.9 million amnesty recipients would be $2.4 trillion, a cost that must be born by the American taxpayer. It is unconscionable that any legislator could vote for a measure of this magnitude without knowing and debating all the costs involved.

The Border Security and Immigration Reform Act has a few quality ideas which may help alleviate the current immigration problem, unfortunately most of the bill is corrupted with ideas such as amnesty and rewarding those who blatantly broke our laws. If this bill passes, we will never again be able to say to our children and grand-children that cheaters never win. It is our belief that no responsible elected official would consider voting for this fraud which is being offered as "comprehensive reform" in the U.S Senate.

Rep. Carl Wimmer
Rep. Greg Hughes
Rep. Ken Sumsion
Rep. Keith Grover
Rep. Curtis Oda
Rep. Glenn Donnelson
Rep. Chris Herrod
Rep. Steve Sandstrom
Rep. Mike Morley
Rep. Brad Daw
Rep. Aaron Tilton

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

You guys ROCK! I am so proud of you statemen. Rep. Hughes, I am in your district, let me know what you need for your next re-election.