Issa Joins Immigration Reform CaucusMay 30, 2007
Cites Senate immigration proposal, changes in IRC in becoming caucus’ 105th member
VISTA, C.A. – Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Vista), a Member of the House Judiciary Committee, longtime advocate of strengthening border security and interior enforcement as well as expanding guest worker programs, today announced his decision to join the House Immigration Reform Caucus.
“The House Immigration Reform Caucus is working diligently to show how the Senate plan will critically damage efforts to fix our broken immigration system,” said Rep. Darrell Issa. “Twenty years ago we had an amnesty without an effective enforcement and guest worker plan. Today, another with similar flaws is under consideration. Can we really expect illegal border crossings and visa overstays to stop if we continually reward this lawbreaking behavior?”
“Since taking the leadership of the Immigration Reform Caucus earlier this year, Congressman Brian Bilbray (R-Carlsbad) has focused attention on efforts to stop illegal immigration and place a renewed emphasis on the importance of border security and employer enforcement,” said Issa. “The Immigration Reform Caucus has strengthened its position and has an important role to play in the debate this summer over immigration, border security, and the millions of illegal immigrants living in the United States.”
“Congressman Issa understands that rewarding illegal immigrants with a path to citizenship is a recipe for disaster,” Rep. Brian Bilbray said. “You can’t say you’re going to fix a problem by repeating the failed policies of the past.”
Bilbray added, “Congressman Issa has been a fierce opponent of amnesty policies like the Kennedy-Bush bill and his experience on the Judiciary Committee working on border security and immigration will be integral to the IRC’s efforts to stop their bill from moving forward,” he continued.
Since taking office in 2001, Rep. Darrell Issa has fought for greater interior enforcement including the resumption of the immigration sweeps conducted by the Border Patrol’s Mobile Patrol Unit and highlighted the failure of Federal authorities to prosecute and deter alien smugglers in the San Diego region.