I mentioned earlier today that immigration reform is likely to become a hot topic in the U.S. House this year.
11th District Congressman and Senate candidate Phil Gingrey announced today that he is opposed to the principles proposed for debate in the house. From the press release:
“I’m not sure who’s [sic] “principles” those are,” said Gingrey. “But they are not mine, and they certainly are not the principals [sic] conservatives want us advocating. Illegal immigration is one of the toughest issues facing our nation, but amnesty is not a sensible solution, and we simply cannot afford to tack tens of millions on to our unemployment lines in our current economic condition. Regardless of what Leadership says, securing the border remains my top priority when it comes to immigration.”
“Georgians are fed up with elected officials who promise to stand-strong on issues just to give in to pressure from special interests when they get to Washington. Throughout my tenure in Congress, I’ve fought to strengthen and uphold our nation’s immigration laws – not ignore them like President Obama and Harry Reid. As your next Senator, I promise to continue that fight.”
Gingrey joins the two other House members running for the Senate in opposing amnesty. Jack Kingston posted this on his campaign Facebook page yesterday: “I will not support an immigration bill that includes amnesty for illegal immigrants.”
Paul Broun released a video on Monday stating his position: