We here in Tennessee should be VERY proud of our two Senators for their hard work in getting Marco Rubio and the Gang of 8’s bill passed in the Senate. Now it’s up to the House to make it the law of the land.
In my opinion it is very important to keep families that are already here together, insure border security and make sure we are never in this situation again. Marco Rubio and the Gang of 8’s bill will keep our families together and our very own Senator Bob Corker included as part of the bill dramatic steps to secure the border for years to come.
Below is a breakdown of the new Immigration Reform Bill the Senate passed:
1. We will add 20,000 border patrol agents, enough to double the number of agents and station one agent every 1,000 feet along the southwest U.S. border.
2. Build 700 miles of new or upgraded fencing
3. Spend $3.2 billion on new security technology that was perfected in Afghanistan and Iraq.
4. Ensure 100 percent deployment of the E-Verify system that requires employers to verify that new employees are legally present and authorized to work in the United States.
5. Fully implement at sea and air ports a biometric entry and exit system that verifies the identity of foreigners visiting the United States.
6. Undocumented Immigrants will pay a fine, pay back taxes, enroll in English courses and insure they have no criminal record
7. They will wait 10 years. (Young people who were brought by their parents would have to wait 5 years.)
8. Get in the back of the line behind people who came here through the normal legal processes.
This is a fair compromise that won’t fully please either of the extreme activists but it does ensure our Country’s safety and our family values. Now under our constitutional system of government, it is time for the U.S. House of Representatives to improve upon the Senate’s progress on this issue and finish the job.
It is the constitutional responsibility of the President and Congress to create an immigration system that respects the rule of law. City councils and State Legislatures cannot do that and I think this bill will do just that. Please take the time to thank both our Senators for their hard work and their commitment to celebrate diversity without compromising principles.