Resolution in Support of Immigration Reform

August 28, 2006
WHEREAS, immigration reform has been introduced and passed in the United States House of Representatives on December 16th 2005 in the Border Protection, Antiterrorism, and Illegal Immigration Control Act; and

WHEREAS, this nation was built on the hard work and shared values of legal immigrants from all over the world; and

WHEREAS, America has the unique advantage of assimilating people from many different backgrounds and cultures in a "melting pot" that benefits the entire country; and

WHEREAS, this nation remains a beacon of hope, freedom, and opportunity where men and women throughout the world desire to live; and

WHEREAS, respect for the rule of law and the common bond of the English language unite Americans of diverse ancestry and national origin; and

WHEREAS, illegal immigration by nature fosters disrespect for the rule of law; and

WHEREAS, illegal immigrants create a tremendous burden on the social welfare system of this country; and

WHEREAS, an amnesty program for 10 million or more illegal immigrants is predicted to create the largest expansion of the welfare state in 35 years; and

WHEREAS, failure to address the problem of illegal immigration devalues the sacrifices made by millions of legal immigrants; and

WHEREAS, the widespread problem of illegal immigrants living on forged documents threatens the integrity of the American electoral system; and

WHEREAS, no meaningful penalty is sufficiently enforced for employers who flagrantly and negligently disregard the law and hire illegal immigrants; and

WHEREAS, the current ease of crossing the southern border of the United States is an especially attractive opportunity for terrorists, drug-traffickers and other types of criminals; now, therefore be it

RESOLVED, that the Loudoun County Republican Committee commends the sacrifices made by all legal immigrants, including those of our forebears; and be it further

RESOLVED, that the Loudoun County Republican Committee calls upon the United States Congress to act decisively to address the problem of illegal immigration with aggressive enforcement efforts and meaningful disincentives for those who disregard the rule of law in our country; and be it further

RESOLVED, that the Loudoun County Republican Committee urges elected officials at all levels of government to uphold the rule of law by discouraging illegal immigration, safeguarding the privileges and rights associated with United States citizenship; and be it further

RESOLVED, that the Chairman of the Loudoun County Republican Committee distribute this resolution to Sheriff Steve Simpson, the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors, each member of the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Virginia representing any part of the Loudoun County, to Congressman Wolf and Senators Warner and Allen, to Governor Kaine, Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling and Attorney General Bob McDonnell.