If amnesty is allowed, 'you'll get no enforcement,' warns activist

Wednesday, June 12, 2013
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Chad Groening (OneNewsNow.com)

An immigration enforcement activist doesn't believe it's possible to secure the U.S.-Mexico border if Congress approves the controversial Senate bill aimed at giving amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants.

William Gheen, president of Americans for Legal Immigration PAC, says enforcement of existing laws would stop the flow of illegal immigrants into the United States.

Gheen, William (ALIPAC)"If you have enforcement and you're actually enforcing the existing immigration laws and you're stopping illegal aliens from taking jobs, crossing the border, stealing welfare benefits, voting in elections, running over and killing American citizens [while] drunk driving - if you're stopping all these things, then you provide a disincentive to illegally immigrate to the United States," says Gheen.

As debate over the Senate comprehensive immigration bill gets under way, a recent survey by Rasmussen Reports shows that while many Americans favor the idea of a "path to citizenship" for illegals, by a 4-to-1 margin they want a system in place that assures the border will be secure enough to prevent future illegal immigration.

Gheen contends that one cannot really have enforcement with amnesty even if the enforcement comes first. 

"It's certainly not enforcement after amnesty. And it's not going to be enforcement before amnesty," he says. "Either way, if you put the word 'amnesty' in there with the word 'enforcement' [and] you'll get no enforcement."

In its current form, S. 744 guarantees immediate amnesty for illegal aliens, but only promises to secure the border later.

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