Sensenbrenner Proffers Plan To Address America’s Illegal Immigration Problem
Former Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, Congressman F. James Sensenbrenner, Jr. (R-Menomonee Falls), introduced a bill today that offers real solutions to end illegal immigration. Among its provisions, Sensenbrenner’s bill includes proposals to secure our nation’s borders, crack down on employers who hire illegal immigrants, increase the penalties against people who smuggle in illegal immigrants, and double the number of H1-B visas issued each year.
In 2005, Sensenbrenner successfully placed immigration reform on the national agenda with the introduction of HR 4437, the Border Protection, Antiterrorism, and Illegal Immigration Control Act. Although the bill passed the House by a vote of 239-182, the Senate failed to act on it.
Since the introduction of that bill, Congressman Sensenbrenner has continued to play a leading role in the illegal immigration debate, by remaining undeterred from his fight for substantive immigration reform. Sensenbrenner’s efforts have not been in vain, as evidenced by Congress and the Administration’s acceptance of some of the features of Sensenbrenner’s 2005 bill during these last couple of years.
“America’s problem with illegal immigration did not end with November’s elections,” said Sensenbrenner. “While many of my colleagues have expended a lot of hot air discussing the issue this year, they have side-stepped the crux of the matter. In doing so, these people have continued to ignore the calls of the American public on this very emotional and complex matter.”
“In a survey I conducted this summer of the Fifth District, most of my constituents made it clear that they believe illegal immigration to be the greatest threat to the security of the United States today,” Sensenbrenner continued. “That means immigration reform is an issue that needs to be resolved now, not years from now, during the second term of a Democratic presidency, as has been suggested by Congressman Rahm Emanuel, Chairman of the House Democratic Caucus.”
“To eliminate this threat to our nation, we must eliminate illegal entry,” added Sensenbrenner. “To do that, we must concentrate on tightening up our loose borders, and turning off the job magnet that attracts illegal immigrants to the US.”
Sensenbrenner’s new bill contains components of HR 4437. Highlights of the bill include:
“I have steadfastly fought for immigration reform since long before 2005. The bill I introduced today further fine-tunes my past attempts at immigration reform in order to better respond to the needs of the American people. While I expect members of the media -- most of who seem to be in cahoots with the pro illegal immigrant lobby -- to be critical of my legislation, I hope they recognize that my bill offers concrete remedies to a multitude of complicated issues that make this such a volatile and emotional subject,” Sensenbrenner concluded.