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Roskam: Senate Bill "Dead-on-Arrival" if Passed to the House


Location: Washington, DC


Congressman Peter J. Roskam (R-IL) issued the following statement today on the passage of a resolution expressing the U.S. House of Representatives Republican Member's disapproval of the current U.S. Senate Immigration Reform bill:

"The House Republican Conference vote in disapproval of the Senate's Immigration bill sends a clear message that this legislation, in its current form, will be dead-on-arrival if brought to the House Floor for a vote. The Senate continues to try to revive this legislation that does very little to address the root of the problem - the federal government has failed to control our borders for over twenty years. In 1986, Congress granted amnesty to more than 3 million illegal immigrants. As a result, we now have more than 12 million illegal immigrants in our country, who would be granted amnesty under the Senate bill. Our country is a nation of immigrants, but we are also a nation of laws.

"The Senate is clearly divided over the immigration debate, but my congressional district is not. My constituents have made it very clear that amnesty is not an option. Until our borders are secured, any attempts to rectify the immigration issue will simply fall short.

"Although written with good intent, the Senate bill is bad public policy placing speed over quality. I strongly oppose this flawed legislation and will continue to advocate securing the border first."

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