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May 20, 2008

Inhofe: Amnesty Provision in War Funding Bill “Nothing short of irresponsible”

Urges Removal of Controversial Immigration Provision from War Funding Bill

U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) joined together with several Republican Senators in protest of the inclusion of a provision granting amnesty to illegal workers within the Emergency War Funding Supplemental Bill.

“The decision to tack on controversial immigration language to a War Funding Bill is nothing short of irresponsible. Not only will it delay critical funding for our troops, but it attempts to override the American people who spoke out loud and clear against providing amnesty to illegal immigrants during the debate last summer,” said Sen. Inhofe. “We need to fulfill our promise to secure our nation’s borders, and slipping an amnesty provision for millions of illegal immigrants into a War funding bill is not the solution. I urge Sen. Reid to do the right thing – remove this immigration language and let us pass vital funding for our troops.”
 
The letter, sent to Senator Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) states: “We write to express disappointment that the Senate Appropriations Committee chose to include in the War Supplemental more than 100 pages of immigration language that would grant legal status to more than one million illegal alien agricultural workers and their families.  We urge you to remove these controversial provisions from the bill so we can enact essential funding for our troops without delay.  If these provisions remain in the bill, you can expect a vigorous debate on immigration policy.”
 
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