Alexander Says Immigration Reform Should Be One of First Items on Congressional Agenda

Posted on January 1, 2007

U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) today said that Congress should take up comprehensive immigration reform as one of its first items of business when it convenes and “not stop until we finish it.” “The way to do it is to adopt Senator (Johnny) Isakson’s approach by passing a single piece of legislation that would work in two stages: first, authorize the necessary steps and funding to secure our borders; and, second, once the borders are secure, trigger implementation of other provisions of a comprehensive immigration bill,” Alexander said. Alexander cosponsored the “trigger” amendment offered by Senator Johnny Isakson (R-GA) during the immigration debate in May of 2006 that would have required the federal government to secure the border before implementing any other immigration provisions. The Isakson amendment received 40 votes in the Senate.