Monday, April 10, 2006

Congressman Mac Collins on Today’s Immigration Protests

Like most Americans I have been watching the recent protests in cities across this nation. Today these protests are coming to our home state of Georgia with what is being termed a “National Day of Action on Immigrants’ Rights”.

We are a nation of immigrants but there is a true difference between those protestors filling the streets today and those that built this country. Previous generations of immigrants like our forefathers embraced the American dream and worked hard to learn our language, culture, and become part of the American landscape. These protests today have once again made it clear that immigration into this country should not be taken for granted; it is a privilege and not a right.

The time has come for real immigration reform in this country. We must secure our borders by giving the federal, state, and local authorities the resources and the power to get the job done.

It is time to implement my three point plan to solve this problem:

Securing our borders by giving our border patrol the resources needed to combat illegal immigration at its source.

State and local law enforcement agencies must have the resources and authority to serve as a frontline defense against illegal immigration. We must institute a federal two year visa program that legally allows migrant workers into our country to work.

The United States’ government must fix this problem now, there has been too much lip service and too little action on this issue.