June 29, 2007

Senator Elizabeth Dole
310 New Bern Ave., Ste. 122
Raleigh, NC 27601

Senator Richard Burr

2000 W. First St., Ste. 508
Winston-Salem, NC 27104

Dear Senators Dole and Burr:

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you both for your part in defeating the recent Immigration Legislation that was before the Senate. The United States has failed to enforce the immigration laws already on the books; passage of new, difficult-to-enforce laws would have accomplished nothing toward alleviating our current problems.

Clearly, our immigration problems are not going to go away without some action by Congress. I’m thankful that both of you realized that the recently defeated Bill was not the answer, and I now encourage you to step up and get started on the following items:

  • build a wall across the southern border;
  • step up border patrols and give border agents the authority to arrest and detain those who are attempting to cross the border illegally;
  • deny government benefits to illegal immigrants;
  • disallow “anchor babies” from preventing deportation – babies born to those here illegally should be ineligible for automatic citizenship;
  • enforce workplace background checks on new employees;
  • fine employers who employ illegal aliens, and
  • begin the process of deporting the illegal immigrants we catch inside our borders.

This is not the time to relax: our work is just beginning. Enforcement of existing immigration laws is a solid first step.