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Luetkemeyer Pledge to People of 9th District: I Will Fight Illegal Immigration

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Location: Columbia, MO

Luetkemeyer Pledge to People of 9th District: I Will Fight Illegal Immigration

With most Missourians frustrated by Congress' failure to pass meaningful measures to combat illegal immigration, Republican 9th Congressional District Candidate Blaine Luetkemeyer today outlined detailed proposals designed to fight the growing problem.

Luetkemeyer, who is meeting with local law enforcement officials from across the District to discuss his proposals, said he will fight in Washington, D.C. to eliminate having 9th District taxpayers pay for public benefits to illegal immigrants, punish businesses that break the law by knowingly hiring illegal immigrants, and support a border fence to stop the inflow of immigrants who pose both economic national security risks.

"I am a strong supporter of border security and any serious immigration proposal must ensure that all those who wish to come into this country adhere to the rule of law, which is why I am opposed to both the amnesty bills which have come up in Congress," Luetkemeyer said. "For far too long, Congress has failed us with their inaction in the battle against illegal immigration. We, as a nation, deserve better than empty promises and as member of Congress, I promise to make real border security an issue."

For example, in the fall of 2006, Congress passed the Secure Fence Act, which was supposed to result in more than 850 miles of real fence along our southern border but unfortunately less than 100 miles of it have been built. There are approximately 12 million illegal immigrants in the United States. Missouri is estimated to have between 35,000 to 65,000 illegal immigrants, which is roughly equal at the low end to the entire population of Cape Girardeau in southeast Missouri.

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