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Angry Author of the 1986 Amnesty
A Letter from Cliff Stearns - About new border laws
A letter to Senator Mel Martinez
And Mel's Answer
An answer from Senator Frist in reply to
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 Angry Author of the 1986 Amnesty

The 1986 Immigration Reform and Control Act was authored by Republican Sen. Alan Simpson of Wyoming and Democratic Rep. Romano Mazzoli of Kentucky. More than 2.7 million illegal aliens received amnesty as a result of the 1986 law. This is what Simpson now thinks about amnesty. 

During a May 28, 2006 interview with the San Diego Union Tribune, former Sen. Alan Simpson was asked whether the U.S. was prepared for another illegal alien "amnesty", the term that critics slap on President Bush’s "guest worker" provision.

Simpson’s reply: We never will be. You can't just keep doing them or everybody will come regardless.  I don't know.  All of us said if you're going to give this, just tell the world this is it.  Well, hell, over the years we knew it wasn't it because the damn verifier didn't work and the employers couldn't possibly handle it. And wouldn't and couldn't and shouldn't, actually. But amnesty is a bad word. That's why we called it "legalization".

 Cliff Stearns 6th District, Florida
2370 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515-0906

June 6, 2006

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

country 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.

Recently, the 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.

Thanks again for writing. If you have any further questions or concerns, please do not hesitate do contact me. With kind regards, I am

Cliff Stearns
United States Representative

 A letter to Senator Mel Martinez

Dear Mel:

Now I feel so much better about the difference between being a guest and being an illegal.

Since hearing the plan for treating illegal migrants as "guest" workers, I now have undergone a complete reversal in my understanding of the proper meaning of words.

I stupidly used to believe that the definition of "guest" was “one who is invited”.  Now you have helped clearify that for me.  For instance, if a burglar breaks into my home, he really becomes a guest who is only looking for a better life.

Because he broke in for that reason, instead of shooting the poor fellow, or turning him over to the police, I will now accept the obligation to provide for his health care, education, transportation, and living quarters.

Thanks for helping me understand how wrong I have been.  I feel so much better now.  Oh, and I just can't wait for you to ask to be my Senator again.

[Ed Ogle]

 Mel's Answer
- It is as if Senators believe they are part of a world governing body rather than an American Servant.  What do you do with servants that don't do as they are told - fire them.  Bill Nelson sent a very similar answer, twice.

"Below is a response to the recent comments I received from you:

Dear Mr. Ogle Sr.:

Thank you for contacting me with your opposition to the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act. I appreciate hearing from you and would like to respond to your concerns.

As you know, on May 25, 2006, I joined 61 of my colleagues in passing the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2006 (S. 2611). This legislation combines strong border control legislation, with a realistic workplace enforcement mechanism, and a way to bring 11 million people out of the shadows.

Like you, I agree that we must fully secure our borders. S. 2611 provides significant resources to do this. It provides for the training and hiring of 15,000 additional border patrol agents over the next six years, places 6,000 National Guard troops on our border with Mexico, uses 370 miles of double- and triple- layer fencing and 500 miles of vehicle barriers on our southern border in conjunction with unmanned aerial and land vehicles to report and halt the flow of illegal aliens crossing our border. These measures will significantly improve our national security.

Please be assured that I strongly support our President and his efforts to secure our borders. This is a critical component of our national security, and I intend to work with my colleagues to secure the passage of a law that fixes our porous borders and broken immigration system.

Delaying comprehensive reform does a disservice to America. We must protect the border, but we must also provides for the economic needs of this nation and contend with the 11 million already living here illegally. It is my firm belief that addressing border security while doing nothing to address those already living here illegally would amount to de facto amnesty for 11 million people.

It is in the best national security interest of the United States to learn the identity of these individuals who are living in our country unrecognized by our government. This legislation would separate the current illegal immigrant population into three categories. The first group consists of illegals that have entered the United States since January 2004. S. 2611 would require this group to leave the country. Individuals who have been here more than two years but less than five would be required to leave the country but would be able to return immediately as new temporary workers. It would take them at least six years to qualify for a green card, and the applicant must prove he or she was working during the entire time. Long term workers who have been in the country for more than five years would have the option to earn a green card by registering with the government, undergoing criminal and national security background checks, paying a $2000 fine along with back taxes, then learning English, and working for six years while they wait their turn behind the current green card applicants, which will be at least an eleven year wait.

American employers also need to take responsibility when determining the immigration status of individuals they hire. Too often illegal immigrants attempt to enter the United States chasing employment from unscrupulous employers who accept fraudulent citizenship documents. This hurts both American workers and immigrants whose sole aim is to work hard and get ahead. S. 2611 would implement a simple, fool-proof, and mandatory mechanism for all employers to check the legal status of new hires, and we must penalize employers that continue to hire illegal employees.

This legislation is now subject to a joint House and Senate conference committee to reconcile the differences between the Senate- passed S. 2611 and the House- passed Border Protection, Antiterrorism, and Illegal Immigration Control Act of 2005 (H.R. 4437). Please know that as we continue to work on this difficult issue I will remain mindful of your concerns.

Thank you for sharing your thoughtful comments with me. If you have any additional comments, please contact me. For more information about issues and activities important to Florida, please sign up for my weekly newsletter at http://martinez.senate.gov.


Mel Martinez
United States Senator"

 6/20/2006  Reply received from Senator Frist in answer to letter

Dear Friend:

Thank you for contacting me regarding comprehensive immigration reform. It is an honor to serve you as the Majority Leader of the United States Senate and a privilege to respond to your concerns.

Our nation's borders are broken and, as a result, there are 10 to 12 million undocumented aliens living in the United States -- most in the shadows of society. This is unacceptable, and Congress must act immediately and aggressively to stop this national disgrace. As a nation of immigrants who honor the rule of law, I believe we must first secure our borders as a part of any effort to reform our immigration policies.

As you know, the Senate recently approved a comprehensive immigration plan that will dramatically strengthen our borders. I am pleased to say that this legislation contains provisions that will begin construction of 370 miles of triple-layered fence and 500 miles of vehicle barrier at strategic locations along the southwest border. In addition, the bill authorizes the President's plan to use the National Guard for temporary, stopgap assistance for border patrol activities, and it declares English to be our national language.

While these are crucial steps in the right direction, much more work needs to be done. Congress must, and will, continue to increase funding for border security. Since 2000, Congress has increased funding for border security by 60 percent, including enough additional money to increase border patrol by 30 percent. And in the last 8 months, the Senate has approved nearly $12 billion to bolster security along the southern border, hire additional border patrol agents, and increase the number of detention beds.

In addition to securing our borders, our homeland security needs demand that we find a way to get those who are here illegally to come out of the shadows so we can know who they are, what they are doing and what their intentions are. Most of these illegal immigrants came here simply here to work -- not to do our country harm. But until we get everyone out of the shadows, we cannot be sure. This prevents our law enforcement resources from being focused on those few bad actors who wish us harm.

The Senate legislation addresses this issue by creating a temporary worker program which allows immigrants, who meet strict criteria, to stay and help our economy meet its labor needs. I do not support amnesty in any form. In fact, under the Senate plan, illegal immigrants who want to become legal residents must pass a national security and criminal background check, have worked in the U.S. 3 of the last 5 years, pay a $2,000 fine, demonstrate knowledge of the English language, register for Selective Service, and pay all federal and state taxes. If legal status is granted and the applicant eventually requests a green card, he or she is placed at the end of the line behind those who have played by the rules and waited their turn. I believe this approach honors our heritage as a nation of immigrants while maintaining the equally important principle of respect for the rule of law.

In the coming months ahead, it is my hope that the House and Senate will begin negotiations to craft a final immigration plan that can win passage in both chambers and be sent to the President for his approval. As Majority Leader, I will continue to work with my colleagues to address this critical problem. On the basis of sound immigration policy, we can protect our borders, strengthen our national security and provide the vital labor needed to help our economy grow.


William H. Frist, M.D.
Majority Leader
United States Senate

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