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Immigration

As the grandchild of Greek immigrants, Congressman Bilirakis understands the power of the American dream and the unique cultural, intellectual and economic contributions that have been made to our nation by people of all backgrounds who have immigrated to the United States legally.

 

The Congressman is gravely concerned about the current border crisis that has been caused by the current Administration’s policies and executive orders on immigration.  In February of 2021 there were 100,441 Southwest border encounters, which is a 173% increase when compared to February of 2020.  Border crossings are up and are projected to increase even more, with an expected increase of 117,000 unaccompanied minors. 

 

Congressman Bilirakis does not support amnesty or allowing those who have broken our nation’s immigration laws to begin a path to citizenship.  He believes in the rule of law, and that we must not reward those who have come here illegally.  Instead of demanding that the current border crisis be tackled, the Speaker has recently put amnesty bills on the Floor.   Congressman Bilirakis has voted against these partisan amnesty bills because they do nothing to fix the issues in our immigration system. Providing large scale amnesty without fixing the problems in our immigration system would only encourage more people to illegally migrate to the United States, exacerbating an already crisis level issue at the border.  Congressman Bilirakis believes that Congress must work in a bipartisan manner to ensure that immigration reform proposals protect our national security, meet our economic needs, and adhere to American values.  He also believes that children who are brought to our country, regardless of the circumstances should be treated with dignity, respect, and the sensitivity required to ensure their physical and emotional wellbeing.  And, he supports keeping families intact.  


The Congressman is also open to allowing renewal of DACA, if it is tied to ending chain migration; the visa lottery system; enhanced penalties for deported criminals who return to the U.S.; and border protection.  In a previous Congress, he cosponsored the Securing America’s Future Act, which provides a 3 year renewable legal status for DACA children, while implementing the above border security initiatives as well as other provisions. Unfortunately, this bill failed to pass the House. Additionally, Congressman Bilirakis does not support sanctuary cities, and has voted to stop federal funds from supporting these cities in the past.   Congressman Bilirakis will continue to work toward a sensible immigration policy that rewards those who obey the law and promotes legal immigration to attract the best and brightest people to our nation.

More on Immigration

June 29, 2017 Press Release
U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis (FL-12) released the following statement after Kate’s Law (H.R. 3004) and the No Sanctuary for Criminals Act (H.R. 3003) passed the House of Representatives.
June 23, 2016 Press Release

Congressman Gus Bilirakis (FL-12) released the following statement regarding the Supreme Court decision on the expanded DACA and DAPA programs:

March 3, 2015 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Representative Gus Bilirakis (R-FL), released the following statement on funding the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the President’s Executive Action on immigration:

February 27, 2015 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Representative Gus Bilirakis (R-FL), released the following statement on funding the Department of Homeland Security and the President’s Executive Action on immigration:

January 21, 2015 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Representative Gus Bilirakis (R-FL) released the following statement on the President’s State of the Union Address:

January 14, 2015 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Representative Gus Bilirakis (R-FL), today released the following statement following his votes in favor of five amendments to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) appropriations legislation to stop the President’s Executive Action on immigration.

January 13, 2015 Press Release

A Florida congressman wants to amend the Internal Revenue code to close a loophole being exploited by illegal immigrants.

U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis, R-Fla., is looking to ensure illegal immigrants are not able to receive federal tax refunds using the child tax credit. Bilirakis showcased the “Stop Handouts to Unauthorized Taxpayers (SHUT) Act” on Friday.

January 9, 2015 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Representative Gus Bilirakis (R-FL) introduced H.R. 192, the Stop Handouts to Unauthorized Taxpayers (SHUT) Act, which would require any individual who receives the refundable portion of the child tax credit to demonstrate their legal employment in the United States by providing a Social Security Number or proof of lawful residence on their tax return.

November 20, 2014 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Representative Gus Bilirakis issued the following statement on the Obama Administration’s decision to move forward with Executive Action on immigration:

“As a second generation Greek American, I have a firsthand understanding of the importance and power of the American dream, as well as the sensitivity and passion surrounding immigration reform. There is no doubt our immigration system is broken, but President Obama cannot act unilaterally and refuse to work with Congress. In the President’s own words: ‘That’s not how our democracy functions.’

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