IMMIGRATION: Alexander's Statement on the Kyl Amendment to the Immigration Reform Bill

Posted on May 19, 2006

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) issued the following statement today after his vote Thursday to table Senate the Kyl amendment, #3969, to the immigration reform bill that would have prohibited certain immigrants from adjusting to lawful permanent resident status: “This amendment would not have sent one single illegal immigrant home. It would have told three million of them to stay underground, live within our borders, but pledge allegiance to a foreign flag. If these immigrants are going to be here, they should become Americans – learning English, pledging allegiance to our flag, renouncing their former government, and swearing allegiance to the laws and Constitution of the United States. “That’s why I spent much of Thursday passing the amendment I co-authored with Sen. Inhofe declaring English as our national language and strengthening the citizenship test for immigrants. To make this land of immigrants truly one country, we must have and honor our national language, and that language is English. “With thousands of illegal immigrants coming into this country each day, we need to do more to secure the border. That’s why I supported the Sessions amendment for more fencing, the Isakson trigger amendment requiring that we secure the border before any illegals are able to adjust their status, and the Gregg amendment to add $1.9 billion for border security improvements.”