Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Enforcing Our Immigration Laws


By: Representative Lamar Smith (R-TX)
Townhall


"For far too long, too many have spoken out on the problem of illegal immigration but done too little. The laws we need to combat illegal immigration are on the books in this country, and they are pretty clear. However, these laws only work if they are enforced across all levels of government - federal, state and local. If we are to end illegal immigration, we must establish the rule of law and enforce the current laws. "That is why the practice of creating sanctuary policies in places like New York City is so troubling. 'Sanctuary cities' tell those who are here illegally that the laws of this country do not matter. Sanctuary policies create virtual amnesty zones for illegal immigrants." ...

"The policies that were implemented and embraced by mayors in places like New York City severely undermined the enforcement of our immigration laws and weakened our ability to secure our nation's borders. The public officials who openly advocated the creation of 'zones of protection' for lawbreakers are responsible for contributing to a flood of illegal immigrants in this country today. These policies have created an even bigger illegal immigration problem. "Governor Romney believes we need to end sanctuary policies. As President, Governor Romney will crack down on these sanctuary policies and will withhold federal funds that go to these cities." ...

"On this issue, records are important. They provide a critical insight into what a candidate will do once elected to public office. On enforcing our immigration laws, Governor Romney is tested and proven. In 2006, he signed an agreement with the federal government to deputize Massachusetts State Troopers so they could help enforce immigration laws." ...

"However, that is not the end to Governor Romney's record of enforcing our immigration laws. He authorized Massachusetts National Guardsmen to deploy to the Southern Border. In 2004, Governor Romney vetoed a plan that would have provided illegal immigrants the same in-state tuition at public colleges and universities as Massachusetts citizens. In 2003, he announced his opposition to efforts to give drivers' licenses to illegal immigrants, again upholding the rule of law." ...

"Governor Romney's record is a proven record of action."...

Representative Lamar Smith (R-TX) is the Ranking Member of the Judiciary Committee and Former Chairman of the Immigration Sub-committee

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