Today, the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration, Citizenship, Refugees, Border Security, and International Law held a hearing entitled "The Ethical Imperative for Reform of Our Immigration System" to discuss amnesty legislation. Following the hearing, Congressman Gary Miller released the following statement:
"As the unemployment rate continues to hover around 10 percent, it is unconscionable that the Democrat Majority continues to push for amnesty legislation. As it stands now, over 15 million Americans are unemployed -- many more underemployed for that matter -- and an estimated eight million illegal immigrants hold American jobs.
"Rather than put illegal immigrants on a path to citizenship, it is the federal government's "ethical imperative' to enforce our nation's immigration laws to the highest extent so that we can reclaim the jobs that have been stolen by these lawbreakers and give unemployed Americans and legal workers an opportunity to go back to work.
"I find it interesting that the State of Arizona is being sued by the Obama administration for simply enforcing federal law while at the same time sanctuary cities are being overlooked for violating federal law. Rather than discuss amnesty legislation for those that have broken our nation's immigration laws, I think the Judiciary Committee should use its time and resources to investigate this double standard."