Citizens Deliver Petition to Lott's Office: 6pm 6/19/07
Twenty-five concerned citizens hand-delivered a petition to Sen. Trent Lott's Jackson office Tuesday morning. They say they're upset with Lott's stance on immigration reform.
What's the solution to the illegal immigration problem in America?
In a rally at the Capitol in Jackson two months ago, immigrants asked for amnesty.
Currently, senators are debating immigration reform that could allow amnesty.
Republican and Democratic senators are working together to iron out their differences on the issue.
"That's my whole problem with President Bush and Senator Lott," said protester, Bobbie Gibson. "I have always been a strong supporter of them, but they are, I feel like they're making a deal with the devil."
So Gibson and others who support limiting immigration and amnesty delivered a petition signed by 2,700 Mississippians to Lott's office.
"What they are doing here is letting the Mexicans and all of those people that are in here illegally get over their illegal activity," said Bill Molitor, another protester. "That's amnesty to me."
But the current debate over immigration and amnesty is a give and take between both Republican and Democratic senators. Amnesty may be given to 12 million illegals in the U.S. right now, but border security will also be increased.
The current immigration reform bill will increase the number of border patrol agents, increase fencing on the border, and call for new technologies to seal the border.
"If the bill gets weaker and liberals water it down, Senator Lott will vote against it," said Lott's press secretary, Lee Youngblood.
"They did say, when they raised their hand that they would uphold the laws of the United States. They're not doing that and we're just trying to hold them to it."
Lott's office said the petitions will be delivered to him.
Debate over immigration reform was pulled from the Senate floor by majority leader Harry Reid after republican senators would not vote to limit the debate.
The issue is expected to be taken up again later this week.