Centennial, CO – Jane Norton, candidate for U.S. Senate, issued the following statement on the passage of the Arizona immigration law:
“The Arizona law was an inevitable consequence of the federal government’s failure to act over the last 30 years to secure all our borders. Securing America’s borders is a national security imperative. Federal inaction has meant border violence and a drug trade run amok. Is it any wonder Arizonans are angry and fed up?”
“Year in and year out, states have been forced to shoulder the increased costs associated with illegal immigration. Millions have crossed our border illegally or overstayed their visas and have driven up the costs of health care, education, welfare, law enforcement and incarceration.”
“The solution to this problem isn't for the Justice Department to file a taxpayer-funded lawsuit against the Governor of Arizona for responding to a law enforcement crisis. It isn't to give amnesty to the 12-20 million illegal immigrants who are already in this country -- as Barack Obama has suggested. And it isn't to give illegal immigrants public benefits that will only induce even more illegal immigrants to come here.”
“The time has come to secure America’s borders and end illegal immigration. America is a nation established on the rule of law, and if I'm elected as your U.S. Senator, I will demand that our immigration laws are enforced. America was established and built by immigrants and will continue to need immigrants for its future economic vitality and global competitiveness. I will insist on an enforceable and verifiable temporary worker program to meet the needs of our nation’s economy to ensure that employers hire only people who are here legally and that their stay is truly temporary. We have the technology to do this in a way that is fair and sensible, and I believe we must. Amnesty violates the rule of law. Those who wish to obtain American citizenship must follow the legal process, and therefore I oppose amnesty and efforts to create a ‘path to citizenship’ for people in this country illegally.