For Immediate Release
Media Contact: Laura Ward
Phone: (941) 518-5452
Flanagan Announces The Flanagan
15 Point Plan For Immigration Reform
Opposes Any Form Of Amnesty
Sees Illegal Immigration As An Economic and Homeland Security Threat
Bradenton, FL/July 13, 2006 Mark Flanagan, Republican
candidate for Florida's Thirteenth Congressional District, announced
a new and stringent plan to deal with the pressing issue of illegal
immigration. Flanagan is adamantly opposed to any form of amnesty
for illegal immigrants currently living in the United States. He
sees the issue of illegal immigration as one that threatens the
United States economy by taking away jobs from Americans and one
of homeland security, with the current border situation and lax
immigration enforcement making it easy for terrorists to enter the
"Illegal immigration is out of control in the United States overburdening
our social services and costing taxpayers dearly," said Flanagan.
"For over twenty years our enforcement efforts have been failing.
The time is now to bring about fundamental reform that will correct
the situation once and for all. This issue demands a comprehensive
approach that will secure our borders and not just glib sound bites.
In Congress, I will work to bring about the leadership and solutions
needed to deal with this problem. There must be no amnesty for illegal
immigrants in the United States. That issue must be taken off the
table. More importantly, we must effectively guard our borders and
take punitive action to take away the attraction of working illegally
in the United States."
The provisions of Flanagan's immigration reform plan include:
- Ending the "Catch and Release" policy by making expedited removal
of illegal aliens mandatory and to require the completion of the
US-VISIT entry-exit system.
- Authorizing the deployment of the United States military along
the border and giving them enforcement powers.
- Construction of a permanent border along the United States-Mexico
border extending from the Gulf of Mexico to the Pacific Ocean.
Construction to begin with the most heavily trafficked border
- Mandatory employer verification of worker eligibility to work
in the United States.
- Stiff punitive penalties for knowingly hiring illegal workers
that would increase with additional violations.
- Making it clear that local and state authorities are authorized
to apprehend illegal aliens in the conduct of their routine duties,
a legal uncertainty that has prevented untold thousands of captures.
- Prohibit illegal aliens from any access to Social Security benefits.
- Remove employer tax deductions for wages and benefits paid to
- Limit birthright citizenship to the children of United States
citizens and legal permanent residents.
- Withhold funding to cities that participate in the sanctuary
policy for illegal immigrants. The practice of sanctuary cities
for illegal immigrants has allowed violent criminals to enter
the country and commit crimes within in the United States.
- End the policy of "chain migration". Currently legal immigrants
are allowed to bring extended family members into the United States
under the family reunification portion of the Immigration and
Nationality Act. This allows immigrants to bring in distant relatives
who bring in their relatives creating a chain of barely-related
- Oppose any efforts to grant amnesty to illegal immigrants living
in the United States.
- Creating a Border Security Agency that would be under the control
of the Director of Homeland Security. This agency would take over
the overlapping functions currently handled by INS, Customs, Agriculture,
and the Coast Guard.
- Withhold certain federal funds to states that allow illegal
immigrants to get drivers' licenses.
- End all loopholes in federal laws that benefit illegal aliens
and those who profit from their illegal presence in the United
"Our nation is a country of immigrants who have made this country
great but who also did it by earning their citizenship legally,"
said Flanagan. "Enforcement and prevention of illegal immigration
must be our policy."
Flanagan believes that his comprehensive and common sense approach
will end the problem of illegal immigration. He believes that the
problem of illegal immigration is a serious economic one where many
employers are hiring illegal immigrants at low cost and taking away
jobs from American citizens. He also believes our unsecured borders
pose a grave threat to homeland security and would be easy for terrorists
to slip across and carry out their activities.
"The flood of illegal immigrants into the United States is taking
away jobs from American citizens and this must end," said Flanagan.
"My plan is designed to do this by preventing illegal immigration
and punishing the employers who knowingly hire them. If employers
know that there is a penalty to pay for hiring illegal aliens, this
will greatly assist in curtailing the appeal of hiring cheap labor
at the expense of American citizens. More importantly securing our
borders is a national security issue. Today, with our borders unsecured
it would be quite easy for a terrorist to slip into the United States
undetected, my plan will help stop this."
Additional information on Mark Flanagan and his campaign may be
obtained at www.markflanaganforcongress.com.