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Tuesday, June 08, 2004

Strengthening residency laws is not anti-immigrant, but common sense on The Review Appeal

Strengthening residency laws is not anti-immigrant, but common sense on The Review Appeal

To the Editor:

A recent letter to the editor in the Williamson County Review Appeal mischaracterized my position on immigration policy.

As a state senator and now as the 7th District congressman, I have consistently supported legislation to protect and strengthen Tennessee’s and America’s immigration laws and identification policies. It is disingenuous to describe the position of those who believe we can and must enforce our immigration laws as anti-immigration. To the contrary, as a longtime Williamson County resident with many friends, relatives and extended family members who are naturalized citizens, I regularly find the most vocal supporters of strict immigration law enforcement to be those who have obeyed America’s laws to become legal citizens.

Most Tennesseans know that both our state’s Democratic-controlled Legislature and governor recently signed into law a bill similar to one I introduced in 2000 while a state senator. This new law will go far in closing the loophole that had allowed illegal immigrants to obtain valid Tennessee driver’s licenses. Again, no one should view this as an anti-immigrant policy of our state.


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