Cliff Stearns 6th
2370 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515-0906
Dear Mr. Ogle:
Thank you for contacting me about illegal immigration. I welcome the opportunity to respond.
I believe that
now, more than ever, our immigration policies have national security
ramifications. I have and remain committed to opposing all forms of
amnesty for those who snuck into our
illegally. That's why I voted for the House Immigration bill, H.R.
4437, the "Border Protection, Antiterrorism and Illegal Immigration
Control Act of 2005" on December 16, 2005. During the debate on H.R.
4437, I introduced an amendment which prohibits the granting bf any
immigration-related benefits, such as green cards and work benefits,
to any legal alien without first getting a completed background check.
Dozens of terrorists, including six of the 9111 hijackers; . were able
to move freely throughout our nation because they were provided,
benefits, such as " .,,' green cards and work permits, without first
getting a complete background check. Although the law required
background checks of alien applicants, it did not require that the
checks be fully completed before the benefits are handed out. My
amendment, which was agreed to by my colleagues by a 420-0 vote,
closes that loophole.
Senate passed a bill that makes illegal presence a misdemeanor
offense, and includes provisions for granting citizenship to those
already in the United States illegally. I am opposed to this bill.
I continue to support the House bill because it still contains the
strongest provisions on border security and enforcement. This bill
that recently passed the Senate will go to conference with Members
from both Houses to work out a compromise bill. After this conference,
the resulting legislation will again go to both the Senate and the
House of Representatives for a final vote. Let me assure you that I
will oppose any bill that contains amnesty provisions.