Rep. Todd Tiahrt, R-Goddard, has a commentary in Sunday’s Opinion pages setting out his views on immigration reform. Tiahrt, who voted for the House plan, strongly supports securing the borders (either with a fence or using technology), but he doesn’t favor making illegal immigration a felony. He does not support amnesty or special access to citizenship. “If an immigrant wants to earn U.S. citizenship, he must get in line by returning to his home country to apply,” he wrote. But Tiahrt doesn’t support mass immigration, which he said is unworkable and “would have a devastating impact on our economy.” Instead, he favors a “temporary job permit program” that would require illegal immigrants to register to continue working for a period of time. “After that,” he wrote, “they must return to their country of origin.”
Unlike Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kan., who said he didn’t think Congress would agree this year on immigration reform, Tiahrt told The Eagle editorial board last week that he thinks reform will happen.
Posted by Phillip Brownlee
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