WASHINGTON – Congressman Steve Stockman (R-Texas 36) released the following statement Thursday afternoon after Senate passage of S.744, the illegal alien amnesty bill:
As I stated in January, I will not be supporting the Senate’s amnesty bill. I cannot and will not support any immigration reform proposal that institutes an amnesty program and does not begin with a comprehensive plan to secure the borders.
The Senate amnesty bill does not fix our nation’s broken immigration system. It rewards law breaking and encourages a new flood of illegals, perpetuating the very problems it claims to solve. Our nation’s failed experiments with amnesty have proven it only encourages more illegals willing to wait it out for their turn at free citizenship.
The Senate amnesty bill insults the many legal immigrants who have spent tremendous time and money seeking legal residence. The surge of illegals also strains relations with legal Hispanic citizens, many of who come from families who have been in the United States longer than most white residents.
The Senate amnesty bill does not crack down on human trafficking. Our failure to secure our border has led to horrific, tragic stories of innocents brutally smuggled into the United States to serve as slave labor, and thousands of young girls forced into prostitution. It is largely young Hispanic girls who suffer from this failure.
The Senate amnesty bill does not even address the tremendous burden illegals have placed on state and local governments. The crush of illegals have bankrupted local governments, shut down hospitals, overwhelmed schools and crashed local economies, hurting largely Hispanic citizens. That failure has fueled the growth of violent gangs, like MS-13, that prey upon illegals and target the children of Hispanic citizens.
The Senate amnesty bill is not a serious proposal to fix immigration. It ignores the issue of border control, insults legal immigrants and fails Hispanic citizens. It makes border states and communities even more dangerous for both immigrants and residents.
States like Texas, with large and growing Hispanic populations, have an obligation to offer our residents something better than the Senate’s flimsy proposal. We need an immigration system that allows for safe migration, safe communities and a healthy economy.
The Senate amnesty bill insults legal immigrants, threatens our security and does nothing to address the tragedy of human trafficking.
I will not support it and I will lead efforts to stop it from even being considered in the House.