This is his "response."
Thanks for getting in touch with me and letting me know what’s on your mind regarding immigration.
The federal government clearly has not done enough to enforce our immigration laws, and Americans have lost faith that this mess can be fixed. The problems with both our legal immigration process and illegal entry into the United States can only be corrected by the president and congress, and I am happy to see some of my colleagues in the Senate step up to discuss ways we can get this under control. Conservatives should lead the charge to create a legal system of immigration for our country. You cannot become French or Japanese, but to become a citizen of our country you must become an American, and it’s Congress’ job to set the rules for that.
I will carefully review any legislation to ensure that it is an appropriate solution to our problem. In 2006 and 2007, I voted against the Senate immigration bills because they didn’t do enough to secure the border. My priorities for immigration reform include securing the border, allowing the best and the brightest who can create jobs for Americans to legally come to the United States, and helping legal immigrants learn English and what it means to be an American. I have also cosponsored legislation to declare English to be our national language, and I led the fight to protect employers from being sued for requiring their workers to speak English on the job. There is no single solution to the range of immigration and illegal entry problems we must deal with but there is no doubt that we have to secure our borders, create a legal entry system that works, and enforce the laws we create.
I appreciate you taking the time to write me and let me know where you stand on this important issue. I’ll be sure to keep your comments in mind as immigration is discussed and debated in Washington and in Tennessee.
Platitude after platitude after platitude. I did get a kick out of some statements. To me, they illustrate the point that Senator Alexander's office thinks we are just a bunch of rubes.
The federal government clearly has not done enough to enforce our immigration laws, and Americans have lost faith that this mess can be fixed. The problems with both our legal immigration process and illegal entry into the United States can only be corrected by the president and congress....
First, he says that the federal government hasn't done enough to enforce our immigration laws, then he says that our immigration problems can only be fixed by the federal government. So the very people who "aren't doing enough" are now going to "correct" it. Call me a cynic, but I call bullcrap.
Conservatives should lead the charge to create a legal system of immigration for our country.
Um. Don't we already have a legal system of immigration, Senator? Of course we do. It just is not being followed or enforced. But don't worry, 1200 pages of new legislation will fix everything.
I really do hope there is strong primary challenger for Lamar Alexander.