No Amnesty for Illegal Immigrants
Congressman John Culberson issued the following statement today in response to the Senate's proposal to grant amnesty to illegal immigrants.
"Republicans in the House are in a state of shock and disbelief. Legalizing illegal immigrants means amnesty and we will do everything in our power to stop it.
"Our country must have the rule of law and order and it is wrong to reward people who have broken the law. We need to make sure people are coming here for the right reasons. We need to focus on enforcing our existing laws and securing our borders first and we cannot permit this bill to pass.
"This amnesty bill, along with final approval of the Mexican totalization agreement, will allow every illegal immigrant from Mexico and their entire extended family anywhere in the world to receive benefits from our already overburdened and nearly bankrupt Social Security system. Even worse, they will be able to vest after only six quarters, while hardworking Americans can only vest after forty quarters.
"If they want to work here and eventually become citizens, illegal immigrants should go home and reenter our country legally to show they are willing to respect our laws. They need to use the existing visa system and get in line with everyone else."
The Senate bill would grant amnesty to the 12 - 20 million illegal immigrants currently living in the United States and would allow them to bring their children, spouses, and parents into the country if they are not already here. The bill also creates a new guest worker program that allows 400,000 additional immigrants to enter every year. Illegal immigrants granted amnesty would be eligible for all federal entitlement programs such as Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid, and would also be eligible for in-state university tuition.