May 25 2006

SHELBY DISAPOINTED BY PASSAGE OF THE IMMIGRATION REFORM BILL

U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-AL) today released the following statement expressing his disappointment with the passage of the Immigration Reform Bill:

“I voted against this bill because it sends the wrong message. The bill the Senate passed today rewards those who have broken our laws and come to this country illegally. It establishes a massive amnesty program that will legalize more than 12 million illegal aliens. This bill repeats the mistakes of the past and will only serve to embolden those seeking to break our laws and come to the United States illegally in the future. The American people deserve better. I am hopeful that meaningful immigration reform that secures our borders, tightens our laws, and strengthens enforcement provisions will emerge from conference.”