Sunday, January 25, 2004

Lamar Alexander: immigration reform must be coupled with enforcement

"Q: Do you like the president's new immigration policy?"

"A: I give him credit for tackling the problem. Up until now, we have just been ignoring it. We have eight million to 10 million people - more than half from Mexico - in the United States who are here illegally. We lecture other countries about the rule of law yet we ignore the law here regarding 10 million illegal aliens. Now we have a way to offer them a temporary legal status so we can deal with them. It's OK to give them legal status and ask them to accept a certain level of responsibility, but we also must begin to enforce the law. The legislation has not been completed, but it must deal with the rule of law to be effective."

The Jackson Sun News

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