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Roe Statement on the DREAM ACT

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Washington, December 9, 2010 | comments
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Congressman Phil Roe, M.D. (TN-01) made the following statement on the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors or DREAM ACT:

Illegal immigration is a big problem for taxpayers and our national security, and it is clear that we need a comprehensive solution to the problem of illegal immigration that starts with securing our borders.

But the DREAM Act is not a solution to the problem. In fact, it will only intensify the problem and offer amnesty to illegal immigrants. Americans want us to enforce the laws, but we are considering a bill that would reward and encourage their violation.

I am strongly opposed to providing any form of amnesty to illegal immigrants. Under this bill, millions get amnesty and foreign parents can continue to bring their children here illegally and live here until the children are grown because there will be no mandatory verification procedures to stop them from keeping their jobs. I believe this is the wrong solution.

This legislation will also subsidize the college education of illegal immigrants at the taxpayers’ expense. This is not fair to the millions of Americans who are working hard to pay for their higher education, including paying back thousands of dollars in loans. I am also opposed to offering federal benefits to illegal aliens, and I believe safeguards need to be put in place to verify the citizenship of anyone applying.

I am all for following the law and welcome those who come to this country legally, but providing amnesty and benefits to illegal immigrants is the wrong thing to do. Notwithstanding, this legislation comes with a high cost to taxpayers – monetarily and in many other ways.

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