Sunday, December 18, 2011

I didn't vote for 2011 HB 116

I didn't vote for 2011 HB 116, If we are going to have a line for people to come to this country, you can't reward those that bypass the line. They need to be sent to the back of the line. That doesn't mean you should stop treating them like people.

I am in favor of simplifying and fixing legal immigration. I did vote for HB 469 as did most of my GOP colleagues. The Constitutional Note on HB 116 and HB 469 stated:

"The Constitution of the United States grants authority to the federal government to regulate foreign commerce and to adopt a uniform rule of naturalization. The United States Supreme Court has also found inherent federal authority to regulate immigration on the basis of federal sovereignty and the power to engage in foreign affairs: this is sometimes referred to as the "plenary power," ....."

While the US Constitution doesn't specify that Immigration is a federal power, any treaties and agreements with other countries are federal powers. Not only is the federal government refusing to solve this problem, it is now blocking the states from fixing it as well. That is wrong and should stop.