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Senator Robert Bennett's Record On Immigration Reform And Illegal Aliens

Senator Robert Bennett is a Republican currently serving Utah and has served in the Senate from 1993-Present.

Senator Robert Bennett 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 Robert Bennett 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 Robert Bennett 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 Robert Bennett 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 Robert Bennett has voted against 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 Robert Bennett 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 Robert Bennett 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 Robert Bennett 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 Robert Bennett hasn't had a chance to vote on this yet.

Senator Robert Bennett 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 Robert Bennett has a moderate record when it comes to immigration reform.

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

You can contact Robert Bennett through the locations below:

Phone: (202) 224-5444
Fax: (202) 228-1168

Washington DC Office:

    SD-431, United States Senate
    Washington, DC 20510

District Offices:

    Federal Building
    196 E. Tabernacle Street - Suite 21
    St. George, UT 84770
    (435) 628-5514 tel
    (435) 628-4160 fax
    51 South University Ave. - Suite 310
    Provo, UT 84601
    (801) 375-7881 tel
    Federal Building
    325 25th Street - Suite 1410
    Ogden, UT 84401
    (801) 625-5676 tel
    (801) 394-0137 fax
    Wallace F. Bennett Federal Building
    125 South State Street - Suite 4225
    Salt Lake City, UT 84138
    (801) 524-5933 tel
    (801) 524-5730 fax
    2390 West Highway 56
    Suite 4B
    Cedar City, UT 84720
    () - tel
    (435) 865-1481 fax

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