March 29, 2006  


Granger Statement on Border Security Bill Provision making it a felony to aid illegal immigrants


WASHINGTON, D.C.—Congresswoman Kay Granger (R-Fort Worth) released the following statement in response to the outpouring of opposition to the provision passed in the House Border Security Bill that makes it a felony to aid people who are here illegally.

“The intent of the provision passed in the House was aimed at combating alien smuggling gangs, not penalizing clergy members or other good Samaritans for helping those in need.  Immigration is a very sensitive issue. America is a nation founded and made strong by immigrants, and that history continues today. We do need to address the increasingly dangerous situation at our borders with the hundreds of people coming here illegally from countries that aid and harbor terrorists and who could potentially smuggle biological or chemical weapons into the country. I agree with President Bush that while Members of Congress debate solutions to the many complexities of this issue, they should do so through a civil and thoughtful debate.”  

Granger serves on the Appropriations Committee and the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee. She also serves as a Deputy Majority Whip. Granger is the first and only female Republican to serve in the Texas House delegation. Granger represents the 12th District of Texas and is currently serving her fifth term in Congress.