Ken Calvert

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Rep. Calvert Outraged at CBP Decision to Process Illegal Immigrants in Murrieta

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Washington, D.C., June 22, 2014 | comments

Today, Congressman Ken Calvert (CA-42) issued the following statement in response to yesterday’s announcement by Paul Beeson, chief of the Border Patrol's San Diego Sector, that detained illegal immigrants from Central America will likely be processed at the Murrieta Border Patrol Station as soon as next week:


It is simply outrageous and completely irresponsible for the Obama administration to transport illegal immigrants to facilities, like the Murrieta Border Patrol Station, that are not equipped or prepared to handle them. As we have seen over the past weeks, months and years, the Presidents pro-amnesty and open borders policy has motivated increasing numbers of immigrants to enter our country illegally. Now, as if the problem in border communities wasnt bad enough, the Obama administration is planning on spreading the problem to inland communities that lack the resources to deal with an influx of illegal immigrants. 


My constituents expect our federal government to enforce our laws, including the deportation of illegal immigrants caught crossing our borders. On Monday morning I will be contacting Customs and Border Patrol to convey my strong opposition to their actions and to express the concerns of my constituents in Murrieta and the surrounding communities. Instead of flying these illegal immigrants to southern California, we should be flying them back to their country of origin.


Earlier this month a similar proposal to process illegal immigrants at the Murrieta Border Patrol Station was rejected and a border patrol agent stated the Murrieta station is smaller than most and simply doesn't have the capacity to process more than a few people a day.


Last week, Rep. Calvert signed on as a cosponsor to H.Res. 442, the Stop This Overreaching Presidency Resolution, which directs the House to institute legal action to require the President to comply with immigration laws.


In 1996, Rep. Calvert created E-Verify, a web-based program that checks the Social Security numbers or alien identification numbers of new hires against Social Security Administration and Department of Homeland Security records in order to eliminate fraudulent numbers and help ensure that new hires are eligible to work in the U.S. The program is free to use and quickly confirms 99.7% of work-eligible employees. Today, over 500,000 American employers voluntarily use E-Verify.


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