Victims' Rights Caucus

Press Releases

WASHINGTON, D.C. Speaking at a Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Georgia this week, President Bush said the following: "Those determined to find fault with this bill will always be able to look at a narrow slice of it and find something they don't like. If you want to kill the bill, if you don't want to do what's right for America, you can pick one little aspect out of it."

Members of the Immigration Reform Caucus (IRC) issued the following statements:

Congressman Ted Poe (R-TX): "The problem with this bill is that the "narrow slice" just happens to be the worst tasting part. Not granting amnesty to 20 million people who deliberately broke our laws is what's best for America. Preserving the tradition of legal immigration is what's best of America. Kow-towing to Mexico, the country that takes and takes from America, but booed Miss America off stage - is exactly what is wrong with this bill and this administration."

Chairman of the IRC Brian Bilbray (R-CA): "Amnesty for 12-20 million illegal immigrants isnt a "narrow slice" Mr. President, its the whole darn pie. What part of illegal does the President not understand? The American people want us to secure the border and crackdown on the number one incentive for illegal immigration which is illegal employment they dont want another amnesty."

Ranking Member of the Judiciary Committee Lamar Smith (R-TX): "It doesn't matter how you slice it, the Senate amnesty bill is a raw deal for American workers and the rule of law. The bill treats illegal immigrants better than those who play by the rules, wait their turn and come in the right way. Either according to a law dictionary or common sense, the Senate bill is amnesty."

Congressman Phil Gingrey (R-GA): "Sadly, the President has it backwards. There are narrow slices of this bill many of us could support, like putting border security first and ending chain migration. It is the bill as a whole thats cause for heartburn. If we pass this legislation, 12 million illegal immigrants will be on a path to citizenship without any concern for its dire impact on programs like Medicare and the education system. First and foremost, our immigration laws must support America's security, economy and society. The Senate bill fails on all three accounts."

Congressman Bill Sali (R-ID): "In the last week, I have conducted a tele-townhall meeting with more than 800 Idahoans, was the guest on two radio talk shows and held a number of community meetings. I can safely say the number one issue with my constituents is immigration. Not the war. Not gas prices. It's immigration. Idahoans are deeply concerned about this issue and the President's bill. This is no little thing, no small slice of pie. It's a very big deal for Idaho and America."

Congressman Roscoe Bartlett (R-MD): "Amnesty is not a 'narrow slice' or 'one little aspect' of the Senate immigration bill as the President argued. Awarding amnesty to 12-20 million illegal aliens is the one sure thing this bill would do. It will promote more illegal immigration by almost guaranteeing that if you can cross the border, you will be able to become a permanent U.S. resident with no obligation to become an American citizen."

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