Letter: Thanks, Sen. Ayotte
I had the opportunity to discuss the immigration reform bill with Sen. Kelly Ayotte – she wanted to hear the concerns of her constituents. We didn’t agree on everything, and I left her office not knowing how she would vote, but knowing that she was giving the bill very careful, thoughtful consideration.
Ayotte read the bill. She understood its ramifications and its possible unintended consequences. She didn’t just get a few talking points or a snappy sound bite from a staffer; she did her job!
This bill tightens border security – a top priority for the senator. It puts in place a mandatory e-verify system for employers that will ensure that jobs go only to those who are documented (including provisional status).
Provisional status is not amnesty! It must be earned and has very strict requirements. Applicants will have to pay fines, pay all back taxes, pass background checks, learn English, and be employed. They will not be eligible for federal benefits or Obamacare subsidies.
Our current system is not only broken but also out of step with our needs as a nation. Ayotte met with New Hampshire business owners and researched the issue. This legislation changes the number of work visas made available in certain sectors: agriculture and hospitality, and science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). STEM sector jobs will grow our economy and open up opportunities for all of us.
Thank you, Sen. Ayotte, for being a leader and for doing your job so conscientiously. I am proud to have you as my representative in the U.S. Senate.