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Senator Lamar Alexander's Record On Immigration Reform And Illegal Aliens

Senator Lamar Alexander is a Republican currently serving Tennessee and has served in the Senate from 2003-Present.

Senator Lamar Alexander 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 Lamar Alexander 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 Lamar Alexander has worked against allowing state and local law enforcement helping to reduce illegal immigration and putting in place workplace verification systems allowing employers to quickly verify the legal working status of their employees. This Representative's motto is "if you've made it in illegally you're safe".

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 Lamar Alexander hasn't seemed to choose a position on whether they want an amnesty or not. Votes cast are not in favor or against amnesty for illegal aliens.

Senator Lamar Alexander 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 Lamar Alexander 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 Lamar Alexander 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 Lamar Alexander seems to be in favor of it some times and against it other times. 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 Lamar Alexander hasn't had a chance to vote on this yet.

Senator Lamar Alexander 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 Lamar Alexander has a moderate record when it comes to immigration reform.

Senator Lamar Alexander is among the low end of immigration reformers. We would like to see more action and less talk. We cannot give Lamar Alexander our seal of approval.

You can contact Lamar Alexander through the locations below:

Website: http://
Phone: (202) 224-4944
Fax: (202) 228-3398

Washington DC Office:

    40 Dirksen, United States Senate
    Washington, DC 20510

District Offices:

    167 North Main Street
    Suite 1068
    Memphis, TN 38103
    (901) 544-4224 tel
    (901) 544-4227 fax
    3322 West End Avenue
    Suite 120
    Nashville, TN 37203
    (615) 269-4803 tel
    800 Market Street
    Suite 112
    Knoxville, TN 37902
    (865) 545-4252 tel
    109 South Highland Street
    Suite B-9
    Jackson, TN 38301
    (731) 423-9344 tel
    (731) 423-8918 fax
    900 Georgia Avenue
    Suite 260
    Chattanooga, TN 37402
    (423) 752-5337 tel

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