Tennessee’s two Republican senators voted in favor of the immigration reform bill. Bob Corker even sponsored a major amendment to the legislation. But several of the state’s GOP congressmen say it’s dead on arrival in the House. Rep. Marsha Blackburn of Brentwood says “comprehensive reform packages” create more problems than they solve.
“I think Tennesseans want us to take up smaller bills that go through regular order and are focused on specific problems within our current immigration system. That’s what we are currently doing in the House. I do not believe in amnesty and if we are going to make any changes to our system we must start by securing our borders. Any other reform effort is meaningless if we don’t start with strengthening our border security.”
In a statement, Congressman Scott DesJarlais calls the Senate bill “the ObamaCare of immigration…fraught with unintended consequences.” The Jasper Republican goes on to say that providing a path to citizenship before securing the border “is putting the cart before the horse.”
“Before overhauling our nation’s immigration system, we should first ensure we are enforcing the laws that are already on the books. The United States has always had a generous legal immigration policy, but we simply cannot grant amnesty to those who choose to break the law.”
DesJarlais says he will fight to keep the bill from even coming to the House floor.