An open letter to Senator Ken Salazar
May 28, 2007
Today, Memorial Day, we honor those who have fought and died for our country.
Sadly, while we still have men and women serving in Iraq, President Bush, Senator Kennedy and others are making a mockery of their service by ignoring our existing immigration laws and border security here at home.
As I am sure you know, there are 12 to 20 million illegal aliens here in the U.S. How did this happen? How many of these are terrorists? How many are drug dealers?
In 1986 Senator Kennedy sponsored a bill granting amnesty to illegals. Since then, the problem has only gotten worse. Now, Kennedy is sponsoring a similar bill.
Senator, I know you do not believe that new bill grants illegals amnesty because they will have to admit wrong-doing and pay a small fine to get a Z-visa. But the Z-visa allows illegals to stay here while the government tries to work out the details. In the hearts and minds of many Americans, this is amnesty.
Many illegals have been working here "under the table" and have avoided paying income tax while sending billions of dollars "back home." Kennedy's bill does not prosecute or penalize them for back taxes owed.
This is amnesty. Illegals would be allowed to stay here while the government implements certain triggers (that should be enforced anyway), a process that could take many years. Allowing these law breakers to stay here is an insult to every law abiding citizen and especially those who have patiently waited for years to enter the country legally.
Those here illegally must leave and not be given any visa or work permit until border security, an employer verification system and temporary worker programs are in place and operational.
The Bush/Kennedy bill is just a smoke screen to continue to provide cheap labor to the wealthy at the expense of the American working class and our national security.
Please vote NO on the Bush/Kennedy Bill.