Immigration CIRA Bill

October 12, 2007

Dear Mr. B.

Thank you for contacting me to share your concerns about immigration reform.  I appreciate hearing from you on this important issue.

I believe we need to reform U.S. immigration law and policy, and hope to do so this session of Congress. If Congress is ever going to solve this problem and move beyond the failed strategies of the past, a new, broader framework is needed.  Critically, the federal government must stop turning a blind eye to immigration law violations.

In May 2007 the Senate and begin debate on a bill that would have finally committed the government to enforcing the nations immigration law strictly into securing our borders. This bill, the comprehensive immigration reform act of (CIRA), would have placed hundreds miles of fencing and physical barriers along the Southern border, dramatically increased numbers of border patrol and interior enforcement and agents; increase penalties for illegal entry heave any immigration officers.  The bill would have also gotten tough on employers to higher illegal immigrants, punishing the mystique, for increasing findings and and barring them from government contract.  To be sure, CIRA was not a perfect bill, and ultimately  it did not detract enough support to keep the legislation is of the process moving forward.

Thank you for keeping the appraised of this and other issues that are imported steel.  If I can be of any further assistance you on this or other issues, please do not hesitate to cart contact me.

Ron Wyden