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Graves: Amnesty is Not the Answer to Our Growing Border Crisis

Washington, June 4, 2019 -

Today Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA-14) voted against legislation that would grant amnesty to illegal immigrants and worsen our nation’s growing crisis at the border.

H.R. 6 would provide a green card and special path to citizenship to any individual who has entered the U.S. before the age of 18, has been present in the U.S. for at least four years, or has met certain education requirements. These individuals would be eligible for citizenship regardless of whether they entered the U.S. legally. It would use taxpayer funds, in the form of grant programs, to help these individuals obtain green cards. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office estimated the cost of implementing this legislation would increase budget deficits by at least $35 billion over a 10-year period.

“There is a growing crisis at our southern border that needs our immediate attention. Granting amnesty to those who abuse our laws and enter our country illegally is not the answer. I support reforming our broken system and enforcing our nation’s laws to keep our communities safe and our border secure,” said Rep. Graves.  

Just last week, Customs and Border Patrol apprehended more than 1,000 migrants after they illegally crossed the border near El Paso, Texas. This is the largest group ever encountered by Border Patrol agents. Throughout the year the number of apprehensions across the southern border have nearly doubled that of previous years. Last month saw nearly 110,000 unaccompanied children, family units and single adults apprehended. April 2018 saw 51,000 apprehensions.

Last year, Rep. Graves voted for the Supporting America’s Future Act, which would have taken steps to reform our broken immigration system and secure our southern border. This legislation would have provided Border Patrol with the additional resources they need to enforce existing law, made reforms to our legal immigration programs and provided a solution for the nearly 800,000 individuals under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.  He also supported the Build the Wall, Enforce the Law Act, which would have provided $23.4 billion to fully fund President Trump’s border wall.

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