I am a fiscal conservative and amnesty for millions of illegal immigrants frightens me.  That being said, I have come to grips with the fact that we must have immigration reform, that if we put it off another year it will only get worse, and that the liberals will not let us have everything that we want.  More to the point, what we have now is defacto amnesty.

Last night I was motivated to look deeper into why Senator Rubio and others voted as they did on the Border Security legislation yesterday.  My gut reaction was , “Here we go again, on our road to unfettered amnesty without enhanced border security!”  As happens, my gut response was wrong.

Having looked into it, I now understand that Senator Rubio voted nay because it was not tough enough. In fact, he is working with Senators Hoeven and Corker on an amendment that will be even stronger on border security.  This legislation will include but is not limited to the following:

  • 700 mile fence
  • Addition of 20,000 border agents (almost 2x)
  • Infrared sensors, drones, and other high tech devices
  • eVerify
  • Granting of a Registered Provisional Immigrant (RPI) status only to those people who can prove they have been here since a specific date in 2012.
  • No welfare benefits for illegal immigrants in RPI status
  • Putting a deadline on applying for RPI status
  • Registered (RPI) immigrants cannot get a green card until all 20,000 new border agents and all the planned technology are in place.

This immigration reform bill is not perfect and will never be perfect for those of us who are fiscal conservatives — it can’t be because liberals in Congress must vote yea for it to pass.

What we need to do is make a list of and be clear about our MUSTS (what we absolutely must have) and our HIGH WANTs and LOW WANTS (want but can be negotiable).

What is not in the amendment that you feel is a MUST?

If we can produce a succinct list of MUSTS, taking the emotion and vitriol out of our communications,  we can make our voices heard.

Here are some articles on the amendment:





I look forward to your comments.

Yours in hope and action,

Pam Wohlschlegel

About The Author

Mark Meckler

Mark was a co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots, and served as the national coordinator. He left the organization to work more broadly on expanding the self-governance movement beyond the partisan divide. Mark appears regularly on television in outlets as diverse as MSNBC, ABC, NBC, Fox News, CNN, Bloomberg, Fox Business and the BBC. He’s highly sought after for the tea party perspective from print and electronic media outlets, from the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, L.A. Times, Washington Examiner, Politico and the The Hill. Mark blogs at MarkMeckler.com, and his opinion editorials regularly run in many of the leading political newspapers both on and offline. Mark has a BA in English from San Diego State University and graduated with honors from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 1988. He practiced real estate and business law for almost a decade. For the last eleven years of his legal career he specialized in Internet advertising law. When not fighting for the future of our nation, Mark is an avid horseman, and lives in rural northern California with his wife Patty and two children.