Thursday, June 7, 2007

Writing Senator Hutchison. About Immigration. Again.

Senator Hutchison,

As I have told you before, I am paying very close attention to the immigration and border security issues. I can only say I am completely dismayed that you, someone who is charged to helping to uphold the law, would vote against the Coburn admendment, which would have required that existing immigration laws be enforced. These are the laws you do not want enforced:

EXISTING LAW.--The following provisions of existing law shall be fully implemented, as previously directed by the Congress, prior to the certification set forth in paragraph (1):

(A) The Department has achieved and maintained operational control over the entire international land and maritime borders of the United States as required under the Secure Fence Act of 2006 (Public Law 109-367)

(B) The total miles of fence required under such Act have been constructed.

(C) All databases maintained by the Department which contain information on aliens shall be fully integrated as required by section 202 of the Enhanced Border Security and Visa Entry Reform Act of 2002 (8 U.S.C. 1722).

(D) The Department shall have implemented a system to record the departure of every alien departing the United States and of matching records of departure with the records of arrivals in the United States through the US-VISIT program as required by section 110 of the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 (8 U.S.C. 1221 note).

(E) The provision of law that prevents States and localities from adopting ``sanctuary'' policies or that prevents State and local employees from communicating with the Department are fully enforced as required by section 642 of the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 (8 U.S.C. 1373).

(F) The Department employs fully operational equipment at each port of entry and uses such equipment in a manner that allows unique biometric identifiers to be compared and visas, travel documents, passports, and other documents authenticated in accordance with section 303 of the Enhanced Border Security and Visa Entry Reform Act of 2002 (8 U.S.C. 1732).

(G) An alien with a border crossing card is prevented from entering the United States until the biometric identifier on the border crossing card is matched against the alien as required by section 101(a)(6) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1101(a)(6)).

(H) Any alien who is likely to become a public charge is denied entry into the United States pursuant to section 212(a)(4) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1182(a)(4)).

I cannot support anyone in any future election who does not put the American people first through enforcing existing laws and protecting our nation's sovereignty by securing all our borders. Enforcement first. Build the fence Congress authorized last year. I will accept nothing less. After the disaster that was the 1986 amnesty, in which we got all the amnesty but none of the enforcement, I won't fall for that again. Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.

I was also floored when I read that you stated the Dorgan amendment, which would sunset the Y visa program after 5 years, was a deal-breaker, and that you voted against it. If the Y visa program works, it can be re-authorized by future Congresses. But, if it doesn't work, it should not be allowed to continue indefinitely.

I vote, and this issue is on the top of my list of important issues, along with the War on Terror. If you want me to vote for you the next time you are up for election, do the right thing. Enforcement first. No new law is preferable to a very bad law. I am paying very close attention to what you are doing in my name in Congress.


Miss Ladybug

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