Hearing on Impacts of Border Security and Immigration on Ways and Means Programs, Hearing Before the Committee on Ways and Means, U.S. House of Representatives, One Hundred Ninth Congress, Second Session, July 26, 2006 [open pdf - 2MB]
This is the July 26, 2006 hearing "Hearing on Impacts of Border Security and Immigration on Ways and Means Programs" held before the U.S. House Committee on Ways and Means. From the opening statement of Bill Thomas: "It goes without saying that this country was built by immigrants, with enormous contributions from Native Americans. Today, still, immigrants are a critical part of our Nation's history and our economy, and, frankly, I would say they are an important part of our psyche, in terms of a land of opportunity. Part of the problem, though, is that a Nation State can't really be a Nation State if it cannot provide external security and internal order. The internal order starts at the border. Our inability to enforce the security of our own laws has contributed to a significant increase in illegal immigration. The amount of that increase is, in large part, in question, and it's obvious, overwhelmingly, illegal immigrants come here because they want to work. Ultimately, in dealing with Mexico, for example, the solution is to create an economic environment in Mexico, so that the citizens of that country come here to visit because they want to, not because they have to. Some of them even pay taxes. Some of them are, frankly, exploited. Frankly, some of them exploit America's public programs. One of the things we want to examine is try to get facts out of an awful lot of myth that exists in terms of who uses resources and to what extent. All of these are issues that should be examined." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Bill Thomas, Wade F. Horn, Julie L. Myers, Mark W. Everson, Jo Anne B. Barnhart, Thomas A. Gustafson, Michael Fix, Steven A. Camarota, and John R. Carter.
Serial No. 109-76
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