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Senator Gordon Smith's Record On Immigration Reform And Illegal Aliens

Senator Gordon Smith is a Republican currently serving Oregon and has served in the Senate from 1997-Present.

Senator Gordon Smith has had a moderate 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 Gordon Smith doesn't seem too 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 Gordon Smith doesn't seem concerned about interior enforcement and wants to leave things as ineffective as they currently are.

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 Gordon Smith has voted in favor of amnesty for illegal aliens.

Senator Gordon Smith has not yet had a chance to vote on 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 Gordon Smith 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 Gordon Smith has not yet voted on 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 Gordon Smith 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 Gordon Smith hasn't had a chance to vote on this yet.

Senator Gordon Smith 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 Gordon Smith has a poor record when it comes to immigration reform.

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

You can contact Gordon Smith through the locations below:

Phone: (202) 224-3753
Fax: (202) 228-3997

Washington DC Office:

    SR-404, United States Senate
    Washington, DC 20510

District Offices:

    121 Salmon - Suite 1250
    Portland, OR 97204
    (503) 326-3386 tel
    (503) 326-2900 fax
    211 East 7th Avenue - Room 202
    Eugene, OR 97401
    (541) 465-6750 tel
    (541) 465-6808 fax
    Security Plaza
    1175 East Main Street - Suite 2-D
    Medford, OR 97504
    (541) 608-9102 tel
    (541) 608-9104 fax
    1706 SW Frazer Ave.
    Pendleton, OR 97801
    (541) 278-1129 tel
    (541) 278-4109 fax
    Jamison Building
    131 NW Hawthorne Avenue - Suite 208
    Bend, OR 97701
    (541) 318-1298 tel
    (541) 318-1396 fax

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