U.S. Senator Jim Bunning today joined eight other Senators in sending a letter to President Bush asking the Administration to enforce the border security laws that have already been authorized by Congress regardless of whether the Senate passes the immigration reform bill or not.
"One of the main reasons we are currently faced with this problem of illegal immigration is because we have not done a good enough job of securing our borders with the tools already available," said Bunning. "The most effective way to improve our broken immigration system and put a stop to illegal immigration is to enforce the laws that are currently on the books."
A copy of the letter, authored by U.S. Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC), is below.
Dear Mr. President:
We respectfully ask that your Administration enforce the border security laws that have already been authorized by Congress regardless of whether the Senate passes the immigration reform bill. The bill assumes that several critical border security benchmarks can be achieved within 18 months. These security triggers are already authorized under current law and can be completed without the immigration bill. We believe these enforcement measures are vital and should not wait until Congress passes additional immigration reforms.
Securing the border is the best way to restore trust with the American people and facilitate future improvements of our immigration policy.
U.S. Senators Jim DeMint (R - South Carolina), Tom Coburn (R - Oklahoma), Mike Enzi (R - Wyoming), David Vitter (R - Louisiana), Jim Inhofe (R - Oklahoma), Jim Bunning (R - Kentucky), Charles Grassley (R - Iowa), John Ensign (R - Nevada) and Jeff Sessions (R - Alabama).