Congressman Kenny Marchant (TX-24) issued the following statement in response to the immigration reform proposals of President Obama and the Senate’s “Gang of Eight.”
“The proposals offered by President Obama and members of the Senate are not suitable solutions for America’s broken immigration system. Both call for a ‘path to citizenship’ for the eleven million illegal immigrants presently in the United States. This is amnesty and I do not support that approach.
Americans are a compassionate people but also live by the rule of law. If we provide a free-pass to those who break the law, it only encourages others to do the same. We cannot afford millions of more undocumented aliens coming into the U.S. and taking advantage of services at taxpayers’ expense.
The border must be secured now. We cannot rely on the promises of some in Washington to do it after they have accomplished other parts of their misguided immigration agenda. Ending illegal immigration is imperative for job growth and national security. I will not support any legislation that proposes outright amnesty.”