Peter Corrigan on Immigration

Last Updated : Oct 09, 2010

Campaign Website Statements

Immigration: My family first migrated here from Ireland nearly 100 years ago and I am a third generation Irish-American. I know firsthand from my grandparents the sacrifices immigrants have made. Our country's strength and character has been built on the immigrant experience in America. Illegal immigration is not acceptable, and amnesty for these people is not fair. Too many people have worked and waited long and hard to become legitimate citizens. Our borders with both Mexico and Canada must be protected. I oppose amnesty, and I believe we ought to strengthen our border enforcement and institute an employment verification system with penalties for companies that hire illegal immigrants. As Congressman I will oppose policies that encourage illegal immigration, such as providing driver's licenses and in-state tuition to illegal immigrant families, and I oppose adding new costs to the taxpayer to enforce violations of these laws.

Legal immigration is important to this country. However, the situation is not simply black and white. It seems fair that a system of work credits can be devised in order to recognize efforts made to contribute to our economic well being, while prohibiting an influx of undesirables. Lawful immigration quotas for many countries should be revisited, and procedural inefficiencies, which result in years-long delays, need to be corrected. These are the some of the ways to properly and legally provide for a sound immigration policy.


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