September 14, 2006
Congressman Fitzpatrick No Show on Securing Our Borders
Congressman Fitzpatrick Misses Vote to Increase Border Patrol
Patrick Murphy, former Captain in the U.S. Army, Iraq war veteran, and Democratic nominee for Pennsylvania's 8th Congressional District blasted Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick for missing a key vote that would have protected our borders:
(Roll Call Vote: # 445, September 14, 2006)
"There are 11 million illegal immigrants unaccounted for in America today and Congressman Fitzpatrick can't even take the time to vote on a measure to strengthen our borders," said Patrick Murphy. "A fence along the southern border is an important first step, but it does not go nearly far enough to address the immigration crisis in America. Congressman Fitzpatrick had the opportunity to add an additional 12,000 new border agents, 8,000 immigration enforcement agents, and 100,000 new detention beds for illegal aliens, but he obviously did not consider it a priority. It's not surprising that Fitzpatrick missed this crucial vote. He and the Republican Congress have been asleep at the wheel for six years when it comes to immigration reform. We need a change in Washington, and that starts with electing a Congressman who takes our immigration crisis seriously."
Under President Bush and Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick, the Republican Congress has consistently ignored the problem of illegal immigration and refused to take action to secure our borders or crack down on employers. In fact, between 1999 and 2003, work-site enforcement operations aimed at cracking down on illegal immigrants were scaled back 95% by the INS.
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