Senate leaders are set to revive a failed immigration bill Monday, but U.S. Senator, Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., said even if the changes are drastic, he will continue to vote against it if the legislation contains amnesty provisions.
"This legislation will more than likely include amnesty. I oppose amnesty. I have consistently voted against amnesty and I will continue to do so no matter what supposedly new concoction they come up with," Enzi said. "Before we can address the current illegal immigrant population in the United States, we must enforce laws related to our border security and fix our legal temporary worker programs."
Enzi said the immigration bill coming up again in the Senate does not need to pass in order for America to have more secure borders. On June 12, 2007, Enzi and eight other senators sent a letter to President Bush on border security. The letter requested the Administration not wait for Congressional action on any additional immigration-related legislation before enforcing measures already authorized under current law. These measures include hiring and training additional Border Patrol personnel and the construction of fencing and radar along the southern border.
The Senate is expected to turn to S. 1639, an immigration reform bill, by the middle of next week. The text of the legislation is nearly identical to S. 1348, which Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., pulled from Senate consideration on June 7 after failing to convince Senators to end debate on the bill.