Barr wants to see immigration reform that delivers border security without false promises

07/17/2013 11:19 AM

U.S. Rep. Andy Barr, R-Lexington, said the country’s immigration system gets worse with each passing day but that the U.S. Senate’s bill is not the way to fix the problems.

Barr said he believes the Senate immigration bill is deficient and will repeat mistakes of the past with false promises of border security, like attempted immigration changes in 1986.

“We are a nation of immigrants and we should celebrate that. That’s a good thing,” Barr said. “But we are also a nation of laws and what we can’t do under any circumstances is repeat the mistakes of 1986…where there was amnesty granted to illegal immigrants with the promise of border security and enforcement later.”

Barr said no immigration bill is going to be perfect but Congress must do something.

“One of the best ways that we can prevent illegal immigration in this country is to fix our broken legal immigration system,” Barr said (at 2:45). “We need to streamline our guest worker programs, we need to streamline our H-2A and H-2B (seasonal labor visas) programs.”

Barr said the current number of 65,000 visas for highly-skilled workers is too low. He said the current system also is flawed because of the dense bureaucracy within the system.

“One of the reasons why we have illegal immigration in this country is because non-immigrant visa system is so bureaucratic that it actually incentives good people to inadvertently break the law,” Barr said (at 4:45).

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