Thursday, September 07, 2006

Pence Calls On Congress To Pass No Amnesty Immigration Reform

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U.S. Congressman Mike Pence offered the following remarks on the House Floor today about the Pence-Hutchison No Amnesty Immigration Reform bill.

"Thanks to the leadership of this House, the American people are convinced we have a serious problem with illegal immigration and the American people know the Senate bill, granting amnesty to 12 million illegal immigrants, is not the answer.

"There are many ideas of how we can move forward. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison of Texas and I have proposed a compromise that would put border security first and reject amnesty. After two years of border security only, our plan would set up a new guest worker program using American employment firms outside the United States. Illegal immigrants would be required to leave the country and apply at these Ellis Island Centers by submitting to a background check and health screening before being issued a two-year guest worker visa. They also would have to pass an English course to renew their visa. Our plan also includes tough employer sanctions that would drive companies and employees into this new system.
"Pence-Hutchison puts border security first, and once that is accomplished, it creates a new guest worker program outside the United States without amnesty and without creating a new federal bureaucracy.

"Some in Congress think we've done enough. I believe we must do more. Even in this contentious election year, the American people expect us to 'be strong, courageous and do the work' they elected this Congress to do."

Congressman Pence will be returning to "The Dickson/Chappell Report" this Saturday, September 9th, from 9:00-10:00 A.M. Eastern.



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