Hagedorn: Amnesty Bill Invites More Border Chaos

June 5, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Last night, Rep. Jim Hagedorn (MN-01) voted against the Democrat’s amnesty bill, H.R. 6. Hagedorn provided the following statement:
“We have a national security and humanitarian crisis at the southern border; yet, Democrats refuse to offer border security solutions or work on a bipartisan basis with President Trump and Congressional Republicans.

“I voted against H.R. 6 because I oppose open borders and amnesty for illegal aliens. Instead, I support the rule of law.

“As a member of Congress, my first responsibility is to defend the United States and protect the American people. That’s why I support an array of policies to secure America’s borders, fix the visa, entry-exit system and address overstays, implement merit-based immigration, establish a verifiable temporary work program to fill needed jobs and enhance E-Verify with biometric data.

“The United States is the most generous nation on earth. Each year we offer permanent residency to over one million people. I support legal immigration. But offering amnesty, without solving the problem of border security and illegal immigration, invites more illegal entry behavior.

“The American people expect Congress to pass serious, bipartisan proposals to protect the safety and wages of our people and our national sovereignty.”

H.R. 6 would provide amnesty and green cards to millions, including gang members and other criminals who would be eligible for permanent residency. Under the Democrat bill, no penalties would be levied for fraudulent applications.

Hagedorn recently met with DHS officials for a briefing on the border crisis. They confirmed the situation at the border is overwhelming the resources available to address current levels of attempted illegal entry. They also discussed their inability to properly track people who are in the country with expired visas and reiterated the need for Congress to act in order to maintain national security.

Jim Hagedorn was elected in 2018 to represent Minnesota’s First District in the U.S. House of Representatives. He grew up on his family’s grain and livestock farm near Truman. Jim’s father, former U.S. Congressman Tom Hagedorn (MN-02), grandfather, and great-grandfather were all southern Minnesota farmers. Jim currently resides in the rural farming community of Blue Earth. Hagedorn brings policy experience to Capitol Hill from time spent as a congressional aide to former U.S. Congressman Arlan Stangeland (MN-07) and a congressional relations officer for two non-partisan U.S. Department of the Treasury agencies. Hagedorn serves on the House Committees on Agriculture and Small Business to promote farming, Main Street enterprises and southern Minnesota’s way of life.