Posted on June 12, 2013
Alexander Cosponsors Cornyn Amendment to Strengthen Border Security
Says immigration reform is “an opportunity to secure our borders,” will continue examining amendments closely
“This amendment by Senator Cornyn provides an opportunity to strengthen border security requirements as we try to create an effective immigration system that respects the rule of law.” – Lamar Alexander
WASHINGTON, June 12 – U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today announced that he is cosponsoring an amendment to the immigration reform bill with Senator John Cornyn (R-Texas) that would require the federal government to secure the country’s southern border.
“Immigration reform is first and foremost an opportunity to secure our borders – an issue that underlies all the other problems with our broken immigration system,” Alexander said. “This amendment by Senator Cornyn provides an opportunity to strengthen border security requirements as we try to create an effective immigration system that respects the rule of law.”
Cornyn’s amendment to immigration reform would require a secure southern U.S. border before anyone seeking legal status as part of immigration reform’s “Registered Provisional Immigrant” program could apply for legal permanent residency, otherwise known as a green card. It would prevent criminals from receiving Registered Provisional Immigrant status, currently the first step toward gaining legal status as part of the immigration reform bill that the Senate is considering.
The amendment also would increase the number of border patrol and customs officers by 10,000 officers over the next five years and require that the U.S. implement a biometric exit system and the E-Verify program for determining the status of immigrants applying for jobs.
Alexander continued, “It is the constitutional responsibility of the president and Congress to write the rules for a legal immigration system and to enforce them. As this debate continues, I will be examining every proposal closely and voting to secure our border, end de facto amnesty and create a legal immigration system.”
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