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State Senator Comments on Illegal Immigration

Lee Yancey

In a statement released Friday, state senator Lee Yancey (District 20- Madison and Rankin Counties) voiced concerns about illegal immigration in Mississippi. Calling the issue, “a matter of national security and public safety” he announced his filing of legislation “similar to the Arizona law combating illegal immigration.”

Yancey, a Republican and former pastor and lobbyist with the Mississippi Baptist Convention, said Arizona’s state legislature enacted Senate Bill 1070, the so-called “Support Our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhoods Act”, to combat illegal immigration in their state.

See Yancey’s press release below.

Statement By Senator Lee Yancey Regarding Illegal Immigration

This session I have chosen to file legislation similar to the Arizona law combating illegal immigration.  This is a matter of public safety, fiscal responsibility, and equality and fairness for all Americans and those who aspire to be Americans. Because those who support illegals have no other argument, now they cry racism.

As a matter of national security and public safety we need to know who is in our country.  While most people who sneak into America are not drug dealers or terrorists, some are.  Arizona has endured border violence from drug wars for years without help from the Federal government.  It’s time we all stepped in to stop the violence on the border.  It was only after September 11, 2001, that we learned Islamic extremists had infiltrated the state of Florida and learned how to fly passenger jets without ever bothering to learn to land.  It is a matter of national security that we KNOW who is in our country.

Why even have a Border Control and Immigration and Nationalization Service if we are going to allow illegals to make a mockery of them by ignoring their presence in America.  What other country in the world can you sneak into, then work and raise a family and benefit from social programs?  You can’t in Europe.  You can’t anywhere in Asia.  Australia’s immigration policy is also very controlled.  Our schools, hospitals, and prisons are already burdened with expenses and overcrowding and those of us who pull the cart are called racists by those riding in the cart.

Illegal immigration is fundamentally unfair to all those people who entered the country legally.  For those of you not familiar with US immigration policy, it’s not easy to permanently immigrate to the US.  But many people value our country so much they jump through all the hoops and put a lot of time and effort into being allowed to immigrate.  I’m a huge supporter of immigration from all countries and all ethnicities, but illegal immigration is an offense to all those hard working immigrants who waited in line, worked hard and got their visas approved.

To compare the issue of illegal immigration to that of the Civil Rights era is ludicrous.  In Mississippi, we have made great strides and continue to make great strides in race relations.  I am for every citizen whether they be red, yellow, black, white, brown.  But I believe our limited state funds are best spent on those who went through the proper process and came here legally.

Stopping illegal immigration is not just a “domestic policy issue” it’s a human rights issue.  Every year, many Central and South Americans die and suffer horribly trying to cross the border.  Perhaps the most horrible victims are the reports of Eastern European and Russian women being smuggled in and used as sex-workers.  This is an issue of human rights and women’s rights.  We have an obligation to protect those people from what is happening to them.

I cannot control what the federal government will do.  Because of politics, the issue of illegal immigration is still with us.  What I can do, however, is file a bill in the Mississippi legislature and work towards its passage.

Crime has no color.  Those who sneak into the country have broken the law.  We owe it to those who came here legally to enforce an equal immigration standard and enforce the law equally.

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  1. How does he feel about punishing corporations like Howard Industries for hiring illegal aliens. Some of these Mississippi lawmakers are such hippocrites on this issue. They want to punish the illegal alien for being here, but won’t punish the employer for bringing them here.

  2. this man is right on about imigration. Everyone should get in line behind him and help get his bill passed. If you aren’t here legally, pack your bags and go home. We do not need you here. You are a drain on our country, go home and help your country be prosperous. Oh and by the way you can take Obama with you for he thinks you are so great for this country that he is willing to rewrite our federal laws to accomadate you. what a sorry situation when no one listens to the citizens of this country about what they want our elected officials to do about securing our borders. I hope everyone takes it in to consideration when it is election time. vote them all out and we will take back our country. Our country is American and if you want to come here then do it the right way legally and come to be Americans , not mexicans. muslims, chinese, japanese, or any other nationally just Americans. Keep your cultures but honor our American ones. and join us legally as rightful Americans. we spent 30 yrs in our military and met many different nationallities. They were awesome people and brought a richness to our country and military, they came to be our fellow Americans and well loved by all of us who came in contact with them.

  3. Then maybe Yancey should consider moving to Australia, or Asia, or Europe…Arizona even. Congress so clearly preempted the field of immigration that it is preposterous, and unconstitutional, to even waste legislative effort on regulating this. And if he was not doing it for the press, the political attention, he most likely would have waited until the federal courts decided on Arizona’s case before dragging Mississippi through the mud. Maybe if he stopped to address the very reasons WHY illegal immigrants came here in the first place, and OUR role in their doing so, we could actually solve the problem without noncommomsensical clogging of the federal courts. This is very similar to the ‘national dread’ americans feared after the Great depression, the looming potential threat that illegals posed to their shattered economy. Postmodern capitalism at its finest.

  4. LoWanda Wells Butler

    Yes, there is a problem. However, why are you not going after the big businesspeople who are hiring the “illegals.” If noone is hiring, what is the reason for staying where one is?

  5. AMEN!! I fully support everything you said. My grandparents came here, legally, back in the 1920’s. They had to file for citizenship and all that. They bought and paid for a small farm, raised and paid for education (Catholic school) for 8 children. People who really want to be here and live the “American Dream”, work hard and try to help the country instead of bleeding it dry.

  6. I am behind you 100%

  7. Yes, Dorsie, your parents came here legally in 1920. But there were no “quotas” then. Question: Were they seeking a better life like the hispanics? Would they have come anyway if America’s immigration laws were as restrictive as they are now? If they had a loved one here that was legal and they wanted to join them, if hispanic today they would have a wait of 16 years. We do not live in the same legal system today that your parents came here under in the 1920s.

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