ATLANTA – Georgia Legislators are urging U.S. Sens. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., and Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., to vote against a proposed federal immigration bill currently being considered in the U.S. Senate.
In a letter sent to Senators Chambliss and Isakson on Tuesday, Georgia state senators, including Senate Judiciary Chairman Josh McKoon, R-Columbus, outlined what they believe to be proactive solutions to U.S. immigration reform.
“While we undoubtedly need to address the complex issue of immigration reform, we must ensure we’re doing what’s right for all Americans, especially the people of Georgia,” McKoon said. “In its current form, the proposed immigration bill would likely come at a high cost to taxpayers, leave unresolved security issues along the border and grant amnesty to countless illegal immigrants. While we wholeheartedly support legal paths to immigration, it is important we are respectful to the countless immigrants who obtained their citizenship through legal channels.”
As part of the letter sent to Congress, Georgia Legislators highlighted several areas of concern as it relates to the long-term effects of federal immigration reform and its ability to maintain tight security along the borders at our ports and other national points of entry, provide a fair, equitable path to citizenship and ensure a cost effective solution that relives taxpayers and local governments from the astronomical costs associated with immigration.