Tancredo Outlines Immigration Reforms Ahead Of Markup ( A Press Release From The Office of Congressman Tom Tancredo–Colorado)

December 6, 2005: Tancredo Outlines Immigration Reforms Ahead Of Markup ( A Press Release From The Office of Congressman Tom Tancredo–Colorado)

Tancredo Outlines Immigration Reforms Ahead of Markup
In Letter to Leader Blunt, Chairman Dreier, Tancredo Calls for Robust Debate, Up-or-Down Vote

WASHINGTON, D.C. Congressman Tom Tancredo (R-CO) sent a letter to House Majority Leader Roy Blunt (R-MO) and Rules Committee Chairman David Dreier (R-CO) calling for a robust debate on immigration in the next two weeks and an up-or-down vote on the many proposals that members of the House Immigration Reform Caucus (IRC) may offer. Tancredo, Chairman of the 92-member IRC, sent his letter in anticipation of Judiciary Chairman Jim Sensenbrenners immigration reform bill being introduced this week.

The letter is reprinted below:

December 5, 2005

The Honorable Roy Blunt The Honorable David Dreier

Majority Leader Chairman

U.S. House of Representatives House Committee on Rules

H-107, The Capitol H-312, The Capitol

Washington, DC Washington, DC

Dear Leader Blunt and Chairman Dreier,

I am encouraged by House leadership and the Administrations renewed emphasis on immigration reform and border security. As I have traveled to our nations borders and around the country, I have seen firsthand the toll that lax enforcement takes on our nations security, economy and identity. The American people have long called for us to fix our broken system, and now this Congress might answer.

Members of Congress rarely have an opportunity to rewrite federal immigration law. This instance will be the first significant debate of its kind in nearly a decade, and it could not have come at a more critical time for the country. As such, I hope to work with you to ensure a robust debate that will permit all members an opportunity to put forth their ideas as part of this discussion. This opportunity is too important and too rare to take ideas off the table.

Our border crisis is multi-facetedit has created problems on many policy fronts that one would not think pertain to immigration. For each problem Members will want to propose a solution, and as a courtesy to you, I have listed some of the proposals from my colleagues on the House Immigration Reform Caucus below.

Fixing our Broken Borders:

.Begin building a border security fence

Put military on the border

End catch and release

Mandate passport usage for everyone traveling internationally

Make volunteer border patrol a sanctioned federal activity

Suspend visa waiver program

Enforcing the Law throughout our Country:

Require a federal response when local law enforcement asks to have illegal aliens arrested

Restrict federal money that goes to local governments that have illegal alien sanctuary policies

Close the loophole which allows religious organizations and their agents to be immune from illegal alien harboring laws

Make a DUI a deportable offense

Increase penalties for smuggling of illegal aliens

Increase penalties for terrorists who are illegal aliens

Increase penalties for gang members who are illegal aliens

Draft minimum standards for birth certificates and birth/death registries

Make unlawful presence in the U.S. a felony

Stopping Businesses from Hiring Illegals:

Make employment verification mandatory

Eliminate the business tax write-off for illegal workers

Increase the penalty for employers who hire illegal aliens

Make businesses who hire illegal aliens ineligible for future guest workers

Reducing the Incentive to Come Illegally:

Disallow all federal funding from going to states that offer in-state tuition to illegal aliens

Disallow the matricula consular card as a legal form of identification

Reform the use of ITINs

Eliminate social security totalization for illegal aliens

Disentangling Foreign Policy from Immigration:

Block any immigration provisions from being inserted into trade bills

Block visas to countries that refuse to take their nationals back

Reduce the availability of yearly legal visas per country by the number of illegal aliens from such country

Restoring the Meaning of Citizenship:

End birthright citizenship for illegal aliens

Eliminate dual citizenship

Make English the official language

Write the oath of citizenship into law

Reforming Legal Immigration:

Eliminate the visa lottery

Eliminate chain migration

Eliminate H-1B visas

Eliminate unskilled worker green cards

Create a Department of Immigration or a cabinet-level agency

Like most Americans, I am optimistic about the soon-to-be introduced Chairmans mark on this issue, and I am hopeful it will contain many of these provisions.

If, however, the base bill does not include these components, we hope that you will pass a rule for its consideration that will allow for an open debate that will permit these and other proposals to be offered as amendments. While not all of these solutions will become law, at this critical juncture, I believe it would be in the best interest of the American people for each proposal to be given an up-or-down vote.

Thank you in advance for your consideration.

Tom Tancredo
House Immigration Reform Caucus