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On January 28, 2013, Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) responded to an immigration reform proposal from a "Gang of Eight" that includes Senators Chuck Schumer, Dick Durbin, Bob Menendez, Michael Bennet, Marco Rubio, John McCain, Lindsey Graham, and Jeff Flake.

Illegal Immigration
Robert 4907 of DE's picture
We need more like Sen. Vitter. The last amnesty was done by a Republican President, Ronald Regan. Did those people become Republican voters? The answer is "NO!" What makes Republicans think things will be any different this time? Fool me once, shame on you! Fool me twice, shame on me! How stupid can you get? Illegal aliens have NO RIGHT to be in this country for any reason. Enforce our laws and let ICE do their job. This country was INVADED by 12-20 million illegal aliens who took our jobs, overcrowded our schools, overwhelmed our hospitals and made us pay for all their anchor babies, and they want to give them amnesty?
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Florence 0183 of NJ's picture

Senator Vitter, you covered all of the points, especially including the fact that President Obama sued states attempting to enforce limmigration laws trying to deal with crime and violence due to that aspect.; unconstitutionally put into effect the "Dream Act"; the fast and furious gun walking scandal. His actions clearly show that he is agressively against enforcing our laws. Many thanks for standing up and speaking up for America. In my opinion, I believe that America cannot any longer be the country that takes in millions of immigrants, whether they are legal or illegal. We cannot remain a nation of immigrants to the detriment of its citizens. The time has passed for chain migration, birthright citizenship, lottery visas, worker visas, etc. My point is the aforementioned include millions upon millions for each group, it's not one million in total. Times have changed. Jobs are very limited in this country as in other countries. American taxpayers should not and cannot afford to pay to support millions of illegals who cannot and do not support themselves and are a threat to our jobs. Our country sends millions of dollars to countries south of the border is time to make those countries on the receiving end of our American generosity accountable for taking care of its people and to keep their citizens out of our country. If that is not possible, then we should keep our American dollars in America! America's borders must be enforced. All illegals must be sent back. It is not a matter of man power or cost, it is a matter of protecting our sovereignty, our jobs, our environment, affording education for our children and ourselves, not overwhelming our healthcare system, schools, and prisons, cutting down on crime, taking our country back from people who are here illegally. We should not have a President who is so against our country. Your actions, Mr. President just fly in the face of American citizens. I also believe that until there is an absolute system that can account for whomever crosses that border legally, then no one should cross it! I also do not like that we have permanent resident people, who are not citizens. They have no alliegence to this country, but get all of the benefits. What's the point? We cannot let people into this country who only want to use us, hurt us, and then make demands on us! The time for letting in millions of people for any reason is not good for the country, no matter where they are from! We live in a time that is too uncertain. We must have a check and balance system in place. Everyone must be accounted for. One other point, Mr. President, you should have given every American child in our nation who resides in a ghetto or hill and mountain regions full education, gratis. They deserve to get a hand up and out of poverty. With all of the money being spent on illegals in this country, that would have been possible. Mr. President, this is only right!

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Dave 362 of WI's picture
I appreciate Mr. Vitter's remarks here, but I'm left wondering why after repeatedly noting that the Obama administration is not enforcing our immigration laws, he didn't cite as an example the government's allowing 7 million illegals to keep their non-farming jobs while 20 million Americans can't find full-time work?
Carolyn 2540 of WA's picture

Florence, thank you for such a well thought out summary of what this country needs. Now it needs to be sent to every one that is in office that is for amnesty, and maybe we can get enough to understand what the citizens of this country are going thru. Hopefully there will be enough to stop this from taking place, but sadly it will be here in the future. All I see is a president that does as he pleases, and I for one am so fed up with him and the ones like him. I praise the ones in office that are trying to do right by this country, and I wish them to know, we're behind them in every way.

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Randolph 5725 of GA's picture
Senator Vitter, thank you. Now if the Republcian party will repudiate the Bush family for supporting Obama's Amnesty for illegals plan, The Republian party will improve its position with everyone except people who will never vote Republican.
Lorraine 2295 of MA's picture
In 1986 President Regan had a 1 time leniency/amnesty. It never worked; enforcement was poor; but amnesty happened immediately. It grew the problem enormously. There's no federal will, no enforcement but the federal government sued states that tried to deal with the violence and crime associated with illegal immigration. This bill does not seem to be workable.
Donald 6583 of NV's picture

Newspapers today, run by liberal and politically correct (can you say fact and common sense obfuscators ) have a right to pick the letters they agree with. The failure of the Orange county Register to print this letter is a great example why Liberty thinking buyers should be purchasing the paper and the Los Angeles Times. I have forwarded this from Dick and Karol Vezzani here in Pahrump. Thanks for sending it to me.

Dear Editor:
So many letter writers have based their arguments on how this land is made up of immigrants. Ernie Lujan for one, suggests we should tear down the Statue of Liberty because the people now in question aren't being treated the same as those who passed through Ellis Island and other ports of entry.

Maybe we should turn to our history books and point out to people like Mr. Lujan why today's American is not willing to accept this new kind of immigrant any longer. Back in 1900 when there was a rush from all areas of Europe to come to the
United States, people had to get off a ship and stand in a long line in New York and be documented. Some would even get down on their hands and knees and kiss the ground. They made a pledge to uphold the laws and support their new country in good and bad times. They made learning English a primary rule in their new American households and some even changed their names to blend in with their new home.

They had waved good bye to their birth place to give their children a new life and did everything in their power to help their children assimilate into one culture. Nothing was handed to them. No free lunches, no welfare, no labor laws to protect them. All they had were the skills and craftsmanship they had brought with them to trade for a future of prosperity.

Most of their children came of age when World War II broke out. My father fought along side men whose parents had come straight over from Germany , Italy , France and Japan. None of these 1st generation Americans ever gave any thought about what country their parents had come from. They were Americans fighting Hitler, Mussolini and the Emperor of Japan. They were defending the United States of America as one people.

When we liberated France , no one in those villages were looking for the French-American or the German American or the Irish American. The people of France saw only Americans. And we carried one flag that represented one country. Not one of those immigrant sons would have thought about picking up another country's flag and waving it to represent who they were. It would have been a disgrace to their parents who had sacrificed so much to be here. These immigrants truly knew what it meant to be an American. They stirred the melting pot into one red, white and blue bowl.

And here we are with a new kind of immigrant who wants the same rights and privileges. Only they want to achieve it by playing with a different set of rules, one that includes the entitlement card and a guarantee of being faithful to their mother country. I'm sorry, that's not what being an American is all about. I believe that the immigrants who landed on Ellis Island in the early 1900's deserve better than that for all the toil, hard work and sacrifice in raising future generations to create a land that has become a beacon for those legally searching for a better life. I think they would be appalled that they are being used as an example by those waving foreign country flags.

And for that suggestion about taking down the Statue of Liberty , it happens to mean a lot to the citizens who are voting on the immigration bill. I wouldn't start talking about dismantling the United States just yet.

Rosemary LaBonte

This information comes to you from "THE LAST FREE AMERICAN TOWN", Pahrump, Nevada

Permission to share and distribute freely is hereby given

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Mary 6016 of VA's picture

Senator Vitter hit the direct reason why we have 11+ million illegals here today, little to no enforcement! No system will work if it is not enforced! And in order to stop it, there has to be enforcement, not "comprehensive" immigration reform!

Carol 2116 of LA's picture
The 1986 law did have some impact: Before I could start a new job in the early 1990's, I had to show a passport, not a driver's license. The result of the law was that it further harassed citizens, making us think it was going to be enforced while the government did nothing to make the border secure, did not inspect railroad cars or cars consistently,either for illegals or drugs. Furthermore, employers were able to continue using cheap labor and the illegals went on having babies who were instant citizens. The anachronistic law of birthright citizenship is something the people who care about the cohesion of this country should work to abolish. Consequently, we have no "solidarity" because we have millions of people "residing" here who have no right to be in the country.
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Van 0864 of VA's picture
Not sure what you mean about having to show a passport. That was not a provision of the '86 law. But I agree that citizens were duped into believing that immigration laws would be enforced.