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Tiahrt condemns ‘pathway to citizenship’

Rep. Todd Tiahrt released a statement today on immigration, pushing back against President Obama’s call for a pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens.

U.S. Congressman Todd Tiahrt (R-Kan.) today issued the following statement regarding President Obama’s speech calling for a “pathway to citizenship” for those in America illegally.

Giving speeches about securing our borders will not secure our borders,” said Tiahrt. “We do not need an amnesty plan; we need immediate action. President Obama promised to send National Guard troops to the southern border, but a month later no troops have been sent. This is yet another example highlighting the president’s inexperience and lack of leadership. There is a war raging on our borders, and the time to act is now. Instead of giving us another propaganda speech, he should be working expeditiously to send the necessary resources to the U.S.-Mexico border.

During a time when hundreds of thousands of Americans are looking for jobs, President Obama has the audacity to seek rewards for illegal immigrants – those who are taking jobs from law-abiding American citizens. It’s estimated over eight million jobs nationwide have been taken by illegal immigrants that should be available for U.S. workers, including around 40,000 jobs in Kansas.

We must reclaim these jobs through policies that crack down on illegal immigration and do a better job enforcing our current immigration laws—not grant amnesty to illegal immigrants. That will only encourage more people to enter the country illegally.

I again call on President Obama to secure our borders and put American workers first—not reward those who are in our country illegally and create more incentives for people to break our laws. It is vital for our national security and economic welfare that we do so immediately.

This rhetoric is not surprising given that Tiahrt has recently voted for tougher immigration measures, and cosponsored a bill in 1994 (HR 1363 for the 104th Congress) that would have stopped the automatic granting of citizenship to babies born in the United States to illegal aliens – so called “anchor babies.” The bill was never voted on.

NumbersUSA gives Tiahrt an A- for his work to reduce illegal immigration from 2007 to 2010.


About Jonathan Shorman

A journalism student at The University of Kansas and columnist for The University Daily Kansan.


One thought on “Tiahrt condemns ‘pathway to citizenship’

  1. I feel bad for the immigrants who are going through the long, beauracratic process of trying to join this country legally. They’re doing all this work to do it right, and Obama wants to reward people who are doing it illegally – he wants to reward criminals and gain a huge new pool of Democratic voters in the process.

    Posted by backroadsnewsroom | July 1, 2010, 12:53 pm

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