Skip to Content
Home  /  News Room  /  Blogs

We Need Real Immigration Reform

Wednesday, Jun 12, 2013
Photo

I support a two-step immigration reform that first secures our southern border and then creates a tough but fair path to citizenship for immigrants living illegally in the United States.  I have always believed that is the recipe for bipartisan consensus on this issue.  Once we restore the public’s trust in our government’s ability to control the border, we can move forward with other reforms.

That is why I was disappointed to hear the Majority Leader dismiss a constructive border security amendment set to be introduced by Sen. John Cornyn (R-Tex.) as a “poison pill” before the text of the amendment had even been released.  If requiring real border security with verifiable metrics and independent certifications is a “poison pill” for the Democratic leadership, then I fear we are setting a course for division and partisanship.  My votes yesterday were a demonstration of this great disappointment.

 

Sen. Cornyn’s proposal would do exactly what proponents of the current legislation say they support – require border security first and then proceed with other reforms.  The metrics are not unreasonable, the goals are not unobtainable and the amendment is not a “poison pill.”  As we move forward with consideration of this bill, I urge Democratic leaders to rethink a strategy that castigates those who seek true immigration reform and also consider border security a top national security priority.

 

If the Cornyn amendment or something very close to it is adopted by the Senate, I will be proud to cast a yes vote on S. 744.

 

###

Chicago                                                               
230 South Dearborn
Suite 3900
Chicago, IL 60604
Phone: 312-886-3506
Fax: 312-886-2117
Map: Get Directions

Springfield
607 East Adams
Suite 1520
Springfield, IL 62701
Phone: 217-492-5089
Fax: 217-492-5099
Map: Get Directions

Washington, DC
524 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington DC, 20510
Phone: 202-224-2854
Fax: 202-228-4611
Map: Get Directions