Tea Party Senator Mike Lee of Utah walked away from the Gang of 8 illegal alien amnesty “pathway” today after learning more about the plan’s welfare-expanding loopholes and provisions. Whether Sen. McCain shoved him out the door or not, we’re glad to see Sen. Lee standing up for his principles and bucking the party establishment. It’s exactly what the Tea Party movement hoped to see in candidates who carried their banner.

From Sen. Lee’s office (emphasis added in bold):

Today, Senator Mike Lee made the following statement with regard to the Statement of Principles on immigration reform released by the Group of Eight:

“Despite the often divisive rhetoric surrounding immigration reform, initial discussions have revealed much common ground between Republicans and Democrats.  We all support enhanced border security, stronger visa enforcement, effective employment verification measures, and humane treatment of those lacking legal status.  I believe the overwhelming majority of Congress could work together to enact significant and lasting reforms, particularly to strengthen border security and fix our legal immigration system.

“I remain greatly supportive of what the group aims to accomplish and will continue to work with my colleagues to solve many of the challenges this important issue presents. Although I am encouraged by the process and continue to support efforts to make real progress on immigration reform, I am not able to sign the Statement of Principles released today.

“These guidelines contemplate a policy that will grant special benefits to illegal immigrants based on their unlawful presence in the country. Reforms to our complex and dysfunctional immigration system should not in any way favor those who came here illegally over the millions of applicants who seek to come here lawfully.

“Additionally, the framework carves out a special exception for agricultural workers that has little justification.  Maintaining the safety of America’s food supply is an important goal, but it is unclear why immigrants in this sector should achieve special status over skilled workers in industries equally important to the American economy.

“Overall, I am encouraged by the opportunities presented by the Group of Eight. I will be formulating an approach that deals with points of agreement on several issues, with special attention to addressing border security and fixing our legal immigration system before we create special categories for those here illegally.  I look forward to working closely with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle on these proposals.”

  • Mike Horve

    I agree with Senator Mike Lee totally. Immigration of this sort should not have any perks for breaking the law. Be lucky to even be here and get and earn the same, but not more than any legal or for that matter any american gets

  • nc

    “Reforms to our complex and dysfunctional immigration system should not in any way favor those who came here illegally over the millions of applicants who seek to come here lawfully.”

    I keep hearing proponents of this plan assuring us that illegals would have to “go to the back of the line.” Has anyone defined what that really means?

    Yesterday, when visiting my elderly relatives, I spoke with the woman who comes in to assist them during the day (hired legally through an agency). Turns out her husband has been waiting for FIVE YEARS to immigrate legally from a former Soviet bloc country. They have spent thousands of dollars on legal fees. He’s a skilled mechanic and could easily find work.

    So is the “back of the line” behind him? Why are the struggles of legal immigrants never told?

    • Blake Waymire

      The struggles of legal immigrants are never told because it’s inconvenient. A friend of mine from college, an exchange student from Japan, was living here on a visa for several years, no crimes committed, good student (graduated magna cum laude), got a job immediately after graduation. Not long after she graduated? Forced to leave the US because the government wouldn’t grant her an extension on her visa. I repeat, graduated magna cum laude, had a pretty good job, still had her visa revoked. If she couldn’t get an extension of a visa she already had, why should I be concerned about illegals?

      For those wondering, she’s back in the States married to a US citizen and working in an apparently quite-popular bakery.

    • dwsmokin

      Shame isn’t it? Those who actually toe the line are relegated to the back of it. I wonder if it could have anything to do with the fact that they may not NEED government assistance, and as the man you mentioned, find gainful employment easily. With not debt to the government, they may not vote a particular way.

    • http://www.facebook.com/DvorskyL Louis Dvorsky

      In 1948 after escaping with family from Czechoslovakia, I was stuck in Germany for 5 years, when finally, we got permission to go to USA. 5 years later in 1958, I finally got naturalized as a citizen (all legally). This is something that all foreigners looking for citizenship should live through, because only then will their US citizenship mean something to them.

      • Joe W.

        Truth from someone with the moral authority to speak on the issue. Thank you!!!

      • Joe W.

        Truth from someone with the moral authority to speak on the issue. Thank you!!!

  • Kleverabevera

    We need more American immigrant patriots like this man! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I6_vCbi0JeI&feature=youtu.be

  • blasater

    Rubios amnesty law coupled with existing anchor baby laws (via 14th amdmt) unless reversed with kill the Republic. 30 million (not 11) and their 90 million children voting 3 to 1 democrat? We’re finished.

    • Joe W.

      We are already finished, my friend. A few million more won’t change the damage that has been done. America is now no better than France, Britain or Italy.

    • Joe W.

      We are already finished, my friend. A few million more won’t change the damage that has been done. America is now no better than France, Britain or Italy.

  • progressoverpeace

    Mike Lee never should have even thought about being part of this amnesty-fest. It’s nice that he left eventually, or was thrown out, but that doesn’t take away from the fact that he screwed up royally by ever participating in this America-hating idiocy. I don’t take any comfort that Lee left “because of the pathway to citizenship”, or whatever his reason was. Just legalizing illegals is more than amnesty and Lee is guilty of having been part of that. He’s no Tea Partier and I wouldn’t trust him as far as I can throw him. He was too stupid to stay away from McShame and Graham and Rubio colluding with the worst, most despicable dems around (and that’s saying something) then he’s just too stupid and underhanded to trust about anything.