WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Mike Enzi and John Barrasso both R-Wyo., released the following statements on why they voted against the Senate immigration reform bill (S. 744). The Senate passed the bill by a vote of 68 to 32 today.
“We can all agree that our immigration system needs to be fixed, but this bill fails to address too many key issues for me to support it. In order for immigration reform to work, we must have a strong, workable employment verification system in place. If we can ensure that only legal job seekers gain employment in this country, then we remove the incentive for illegal immigration. The bill also fails to prevent non-citizens from receiving welfare and tax benefits and fails to fully address border security and border enforcement. Had more amendments been allowed, and if we had addressed the underlying issues individually, we could have made some commonsense changes that would have allowed everyone’s voice to be heard. Our constituents didn’t send us to Washington to get something done quickly, they sent us here to get it right,” said Sen. Enzi.“Throughout the past month, I’ve traveled Wyoming and listened to a wide range of opinions about our immigration system. Like most people in Wyoming, I agree that we need to fix our broken immigration system – and that this bill isn’t the right answer. In its current form, the bill fails to secure our border and also provides very expensive benefits to people here illegally. I voted no today because I know that we don’t need another massive, flawed law that won’t fix the problem,” said Sen. Barrasso.