The following letter was sent to Americans for Legal Immigration on 3/10/2011
AMERICANS FOR LEGAL IMMIGRATION
Post Office Box 30966,
Raleigh, NC 27622-0966
March 10, 2011
Dear Mr. Gheen,
Recently you published a letter and sent emails to thousands of my constituents incorrectly informing them that I support Utah bill HB 116. I have not taken a position on this particular bill as I have the greatest respect for states' rights and the right of the State of Utah to determine state laws.
I do not support amnesty and in fact have voted against it even during Ronald Reagan's tenure as President. I opposed the McCain- Kennedy comprehensive immigration reform bill and voted against it twice. Most recently, I voted to strip the federal government's funding of their lawsuit against Arizona's immigration law. Let me underscore this point: I continue to believe that we must do everything to properly and finally secure our border. That should be our top priority. However, many of our nation's problems result from a residual effect of a porous border and a breakdown of our immigration enforcement system.
This year, I re-introduced my strong enforcement immigration bill titled, Strengthening Our Commitment to Legal Immigration and America's Security Act, which if enacted would curb identity theft; stop the abuse by this Administration from granting mass parole or deferral to illegal aliens; help prevent Mexican drug cartels from growing marijuana in our national parks and on our public lands; require law enforcement agencies that are elected and enrolled in the 287(g) and Secure Communities programs to administer them as intended. The legislation would also track the flow of federal and state welfare dollars given to illegal aliens and track foreign visitors leaving our country.
My bill has been endorsed by Numbers USA and has had other positive reviews by the Center for Immigration Studies and the conservative think tank, The Heritage Foundation. I hope that you will respect my position and I strongly urge you to correct the information posted on your website.
Senator Orrin Hatch