Friday, June 29, 2012
Billy Long: We must act now to secure our borders
All we have to do is look at the past to see that granting amnesty to select groups of illegal immigrants will not fix our country’s illegal immigration problem. In 1986, the Immigration Reform and Control Act became law and required employers to verify their employees’ immigration status. This Act also granted amnesty to select seasonal agricultural immigrant workers and to any illegal immigrant who entered the United States prior to January 1, 1982 and resided here continually. Around 2.5 million people applied for legalization under the 1986 law. Today around 10-12.5 million people are estimated to be illegal immigrants.
You might ask why after granting amnesty to illegal immigrants in 1986 the number has risen from 2.5 million to today’s estimates of between 10 and 12.5 million? The answer is simple – no one has lifted a finger to secure our borders since the implementation of the 1986 Act. Until we get serious about securing our borders like most every other country in the world no solution will be possible to this problem. Our lack of secure borders is not only an illegal immigration problem but a very serious security risk to our nation. We must act now to secure our borders.
We must ensure that legal immigrants are integrated into our society. We want people to immigrate to America because they want to become Americans. Our ancestors were all immigrants too, and many of them were from different European nations that hated each other and had recently been at war with each other, yet we left all those things behind and became Americans.
I am fed up with this administration’s disregard for our laws and will work with like-minded colleagues to ensure our country is not condoning illegal behavior. We welcome legal immigration but should not be advocating policies which give an incentive to people to break our nation’s immigration laws.