From Sen. Elizabeth Dole, R-N.C.:
In keeping with its custom, the Charlotte Observer recently penned an editorial on the subject of immigration featuring yet another unfavorable distortion of my record . But this time the Observer went so far as to suggest my position is responsible for anti-immigrant sentiment, grossly unfair .
Our immigration system is broken. Not temporarily out of order. Broken. Illegal immigrants, primarily Central and South American, risk life and limb on the hope that they and their families will one day enjoy the freedoms and opportunities that are birthrights of Americans. By paving the way for easy border crossing and paying lip service to millions of people illegally living in the shadows, our current immigration policies not only permit criminal activity, they promote it. Likewise, American citizens witnessing the illegal invasion of their country by tens of millions of foreign nationals – who burden the health care and education systems, contribute to wage stagnation and refuse to speak the common language – are rightly outraged by the inability of their elected leaders to uphold the rule of law.
In 1986, Congress was only able to pass a comprehensive immigration package on the good faith promise that our borders would be secured and our laws would be enforced in return for amnesty for illegal immigrants. When the Senate attempted to pass similar legislation last summer, the national outrage was overwhelming. Folks no longer trust the government to live up to its border security and enforcement promises. Not only have I worked hard to secure billions of dollars for border security and internal enforcement, but I have spearheaded a first-in-the nation plan to meet the explicit demand for immigration law enforcement in North Carolina.
The Observer should direct its focus to those who promote the failed policies of the past – the policies that will ensure our broken immigration system remains broken – not those of us who are working hard to fix them.