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Senator Tom Harkin's Record On Immigration Reform And Illegal Aliens

Senator Tom Harkin is a Democrat currently serving Iowa and has served in the House from 1975-1985 and served in the Senate from 1985-Present.

Senator Tom Harkin has had a fairly good record when it comes to border security. There are currently at least 12 million (with estimates reaching as high as 30 million) illegal aliens in this country. The first line of defense is controlling our porous borders. Senator Tom Harkin seems very concerned about securing our borders.

After an illegal alien has entered our country the next line of defense is interior enforcement. Currently employers are not required to verify that an applicant or employee is legally allowed to work in this country. In addition, local law enforcement at the state and local level have had their hands tied when dealing with illegal aliens by not even allowing them to inquire about arrestees' citizenship status. Senator Tom Harkin has worked hard to allow state and local law enforcement to help in reducing illegal immigration and to put in place workplace verification systems allowing employers to quickly verify the legal working status of their employees.

If an illegal alien avoids being picked up, or remains here after receiving deportation orders, the next thing they look for are incentives, rewards and benefits. Amnesty is the largest of these rewards and gives illegal aliens a path to citizenship or makes them instantly legal. Senator Tom Harkin has voted in favor of amnesty for illegal aliens.

Senator Tom Harkin has a mixed voting record when it comes to giving illegal aliens further rewards and other incentives to come such as in-state tuition, educational benefits, welfare and health care services.

Once here, many illegal aliens have what is known as an "anchor baby". This is caused by a misinterpretation of our 14th Amendment to the Constitution, which calls for all born on American soil to be given US Citizenship. Unfortunately this Amendment has been misinterpreted and was initially put in place to ensure that freed slaves were citizens and has been twisted and misused to include even the children of foreigners who cross illegally into this country and have a child. Once born this new "citizen" allows the parent to gain benefits at the expense of the taxpayers. Senator Tom Harkin has not yet had a chance to vote on anchor babies and the increased illegal population that they support through taxpayer dollars.

On the issue of legal immigration Senator Tom Harkin is in favor of the visa lottery. Each year 50,000 names are chosen to come to the US legally without regards to their needs, intentions, education level or whether they would benefit the United States. "Winning the lottery" takes on a whole new meaning when it comes to immigration. Once in the country these new immigrants can apply for taxpayer funded services.

Once an immigrant is legally here they can send home to bring in more adults from their family such as parents, siblings and adult children. That legal immigrant can then bring in more family members directly related to them. This is called chain migration and Senator Tom Harkin wants it to continue. Chain migration has exponential growth and is the primary cause of the 4-fold increase in immigration to this country since 1960.

A high majority of refugee and asylum seekers to this country are not by international definition in need of relocation. This program is ripe with fraud and Senator Tom Harkin doesn't want to stop the fraud and may even want it to increase.

Senator Tom Harkin has voted for increases in permanent and temporary foreign work visas such as the H1-B. Sometimes foreign workers are desirable in fields where there is a lack of American workers to fill the positions. All too often these work visa programs are abused by employers and used to get lower cost workers into this country rather than hiring American workers. For the foreign worker it is common to see them not return to their home country and remain here on an expired visa.

Overall, Senator Tom Harkin has a poor record when it comes to immigration reform.

Senator Tom Harkin actively encourages more illegal immigration to our country and is in our opinion a threat to this nation. We cannot give Tom Harkin our seal of approval.

You can contact Tom Harkin through the locations below:

Phone: (202) 224-3254
Fax: (202) 224-9369

Washington DC Office:

    SH-731, United States Senate
    Washington, DC 20510

District Offices:

    Federal Building
    350 W. 6th Street - Room 315
    Dubuque, IA 52001
    (563) 582-2130 tel
    (563) 582-2342 fax
    Federal Building
    320 6th Street - Room 110
    Sioux City, IA 51101
    (712) 252-1550 tel
    (712) 252-1638 fax
    1606 Brady Street
    Suite 323
    Davenport, IA 52803
    (563) 322-1338 tel
    (563) 322-0417 fax
    Federal Building
    210 Walnut Street - Room 733
    Des Moines, IA 50309
    (515) 284-4574 tel
    (515) 284-4937 fax
    150 1st Avenue, NE - Suite 370
    Cedar Rapids, IA 52401
    (319) 365-4504 tel
    (319) 365-4683 fax

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