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Forbes Joins Resolution Urging Administration to Enforce Immigration Laws Already on the Books

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Washington, D.C., Jul 5, 2007 | Christy Grubbs ((202) 225-6365) | comments
Congressman J. Randy Forbes (VA-04) announced today he has cosponsored a resolution calling for full enforcement of all current immigration laws. Introduced by Congressman Lamar Smith (TX-21), Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Committee, H. Res. 499 outlines 12 ways in which a lack of enforcement has led to increased illegal immigration.

“Immigration enforcement has failed not because of a lack of law, but because of a lack of will,” said Forbes. “This resolution brings to light that clear lack of will in this and other Administrations and the devastating effects of not enforcing our immigration laws.”

H. Res. 499 calls attention to the following unenforced or underenforced laws and calls upon the Administration to:

· End the practice of catching illegal immigrants at the border and returning them without prosecution;

· Enforce employer sanctions enacted as part of the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986;

· Comply with the Secure Fence Act of 2006 by building over 700 miles of fencing along the U.S.-Mexico border;

· Enforce section 505 of the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996, which prohibits in-State college tuition for illegal immigrants;

· Require prosecution of anyone caught smuggling immigrants across the border illegally irrespective of how many immigrants are being smuggled;

· Implement the entry and exit portions of the United States Visitor and Immigrant Status Indicator Technology program (U.S.-VISIT), as required by the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996;

· Increase the number of full-time Border Patrol agents by at least 1,306 by the end of fiscal year 2007, as authorized by the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004;

· Increase the number of detention beds for illegal immigrants by at least 15,944 by the end of fiscal year 2007, as authorized by the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004;

· Increase the number of full-time immigration investigators by at least 1,600 by the end of fiscal year 2007, as authorized by the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004; and,

· Increase the use of expedited removal procedures for all illegal immigrants eligible for expedited removal under United States immigration laws.

Congressman Forbes has been a strong voice for immigration reform in the United States. He strongly opposes amnesty for illegal immigrants, supports the improvement of control along the nation’s borders and the protection of the legal rights of citizens of the United States. He serves on the House Judiciary Committee, the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration, Citizenship, Refugees, Border Security, and International Law, and the House Immigration Reform Caucus. For a comprehensive look at Congressman Forbes’ work on this issue, please visit: http://forbes.house.gov/issues/immigration.htm.

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