Dr. Coburn Rejects Senate Immigration Bill
U.S. Senator Tom Coburn, M.D. (R-OK) released the following statement today concerning the Senate immigration reform bill (S. 1639). Dr. Coburn voted against a cloture motion that would have moved this flawed legislation closer to final passage.
"This bill would have made the status quo far worse. In addition to granting amnesty to the 12 million immigrants already in this country, it failed to fulfill the urgent request from the American people that we secure our borders. The American people rightfully have lost confidence in Congress' ability to solve this problem. We need to first regain the trust and confidence of the public by securing our borders and enforcing existing immigration laws," Dr. Coburn said.
"This debate has shown that the American people not only have deep reservations about this bill, but in their government's will and ability to defend our most basic values. Americans are a compassionate and welcoming people who realize that most of us, or our descendents, were once immigrants. However, this bill cheapens, rather than preserves, that heritage. Americans cherish liberty, which depends on the rule of law. This bill would have undermined our liberties and the rule of law," Dr. Coburn said.
"We have heard a lot of claims that this bill is the best Congress can do. If that's true, the American people need to elect a better Congress. Members of Congress do not decide what is politically realistic. The American people make that determination and may need to reshape Congress to better reflect the will of the people," Dr. Coburn said.