Gordon H Smith

United States Senate
June 12, 2006

To:  Me

Dear Friend:

    Recently, the Senate passed the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2006 (S.2611).  This legislation addressed four major issues: border security, interior enforcement, guest workers, and the illegal immigrants now in the country.  I believe that we cannot continue to absorb the flow of illegal immigrants, many of whom benefit from government services that American citizens and companies provide.  Reform is necessary and our boarders must be tightened.  anyone who wants to come to live or work in the United States must abide by our laws while paying taxes and learning the English language.

    During the Senate's debate on S. 2611 I voted for numerous amendments that would strengthen our border while preventing illegal aliens from receiving benefits for breaking our laws.  I voted to make English our official language and require hundreds of miles of improved fencing and vehicle barriers along the border.  I also supported an amendment that would prevent any guest worker program from going into effect until all required border security enhancements are completed.  Finally, I supported an amendment that would prevent illegal aliens from receiving social Security benefits based on their unauthorizedly work history.

    The United States' economy is the envy of the world and the opportunities here attract millions of workers from all over the world.  Many of these workers contribute greatly to the economy, particularly in the high tech and agricultural sectors.  While I voted for the creation of a limited guest worker program to keep our economy growing, I continue to oppose broad amnesty for illegal immigrants.

    Our national security depends on secure borders.  the same security gaps that allow illegal immigrants in to cross our border also provide opportunities for terrorists.  I believe closing these gaps should be one of our highest priorities.  S, 2611 will authorize the Department of Homeland Security to build a "virtual fence" that will allow the border to be patrolled with unmanned aircraft, cameras, sensors and other technology.

    A 2611 is currently under final negotiation by the House and Senate.  rest assured, I will bear your concerns in mind as this legislation comes before the Senate for a final vote.

Warm regards,
Gordon H Smith
US Senate
  A Letter to my congressmen regarding Immigration, <a href="Immigration Reform Act of.htm">the Immigration
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