April 18, 2005

Republicans Policy Statement on Illegal Immigration
Policy Committee Issues Paper

Necessary Conditions for Immigration Reform
"If Congress and the Administration do not demonstrate a genuine commitment to securing our nation's borders and proving that our immigration laws will be enforced, it will be very difficult to develop the political consensus for temporary worker or comprehensive immigration reform, and such an effort would be a practical failure."

American Patrol Comment
This policy statement falls short. The government should set a goal of reducing illegal immigration across our borders to no more than 20,000 by 2008. There should be an independent system to evaluate its progress and the Congress should pass a law allowing the Border Patrol to build a wall along sections of the border as necessary to meet this goal, waiving environmental laws as required. Congress should also provide the funds necessary for the construction of the border barrier system.

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