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15 December 2009

Gingrey: "We Must Protect American Workers And Their Families First"

Tuesday, Illinois Congressman Luis Gutierrez introduced legislation that once again addresses the issue of illegal immigration head on. The "Comprehensive Immigration Reform for America's Security Act and Prosperity" (CIR A.S.A.P.) bill is being touted by one of the nation's largest labor unions as a "sensible and realistic solution to our long-festering immigration problems, one that promises to restore order, end worker exploitation, and create a fair, workable immigration system." [Sweet, Lynn (2009-12-15). Rep. Luis Gutierrez renewing comprehensive immigration push Tuesday. Lynn Sweet (blog). Retrieved on 2009-12-15.]

However, Gutierrez immigration bill is meeting stiff opposition from a member of Georgia's congressional delegation.

U.S. Representative Phil Gingrey released a statement Tuesday afternoon that accused the Democratic congressional majority of putting the nation on a path to amnesty.

“The introduction today of legislation by the Democratic Majority that would ultimately grant amnesty to illegal aliens is an absolute travesty," Gingrey said. "Our economy is struggling, unemployment is at 10 percent, 15.4 million people are looking for work, and there are 6 applicants for every available job. A blanket amnesty for illegal aliens would exacerbate this situation and I am strongly opposed to it. Rewarding illegal aliens with the privilege of holding a job in the United States will not help American families struggling to make ends meet - and that, particularly in a time of economic recession, should be our focus."

"I am a sponsor of the Nuclear Family Priority Act, which would eliminate ‘chain migration’ and restore the traditional immigration priority of nuclear families. Since legal and illegal immigration are inextricably linked, this is a necessary step toward securing America’s borders and reducing illegal immigration. We must protect American workers and their families first. Promoting amnesty does not do that, and I am strongly against this legislation, and any path to amnesty for illegal aliens in this country," Gingrey continued.