Monday, July 11, 2016
Graves: I oppose amnesty and I always will
Late last month, the Supreme Court decided to block one of the many executive orders President Obama has issued during his time in office. The Court ruled what all of us already knew- Obama can't just hand out amnesty to 4 million illegal immigrants.
The ruling was a win for the Constitution and for our entire legal system. But more than that, it was a win for American workers and everyone who's followed our immigration laws. These are the people hurt the most by amnesty.
Regardless of the reason they are here, illegal immigrants are just that- illegal. They take from our welfare system, contribute to overcrowding at public schools, and push down wages for Americans.
Politicians that support amnesty have made the problem worse. Amnesty provides an incentive for people to cross our borders and live in America - despite the fact that it’s against the law - with the hope that they’ll eventually become citizens anyway.
Poor border defense hurts too. That’s why I have always supported building a fence along the entire southern border and increasing the number of border patrolmen stationed there.
I'll continue fighting for resources that strengthen our border and make it harder for people to cross over into the U.S. from Mexico.
There is no reason why we should be encouraging immigrants to come here illegally. It punishes everyone who follows our laws, it sends the wrong message to the rest of the world, and it is a huge drain on our budget. I have always opposed amnesty in every form. And I always will.