BORDER SECURITY FIRST PLEDGE - SENATOR JOHN MCCAIN
STEP ONE Call Senator McCain\'s Washington office at (202) 224-2235 and ask him to co-sponsor either S. 2368 or S. 2366 NOW. These bills are Senate versions of the SAVE Act. Follow-up by sending him a fax at (202) 228-2862. Also call his local office in Phoenix at (602) 952-2410. STEP TWO Call Senator McCain\'s national campaign office at (703) 418-2008 and Ask Senator McCain to sign the BORDER SECURITY FIRST PLEDGE and post it on his website. STEP THREE Sign this petition and provide any comments that you wish, especially any that provide information about your experience in contacting Senator McCain\'s Senate and campaign offices. _____________________________________________________________________ BORDER SECURITY FIRST PETITION We, the undersigned Americans believe that securing the United States borders requires strong Presidential leadership. We ask Senator McCain to demonstrate his leadership on this issue by immediately becoming a co-sponsor of the bi-partisan SAVE Act, S. 2368 or S. 2366. We ask Senator McCain to make an unequivocal commitment to specific action to secure the borders if elected President by signing the following pledge before the national media and posting it on his campaign web site. --------------------------- The BORDER SECURITY FIRST PLEDGE ----------------------------- A. I pledge to the American people that within the first 12 months of my Presidency I will: -1. Ask Congress for and sign into law, the bi-partisan SAVE Act as currently proposed in H.R. 4088 and sponsored by 137 members of the House of Representatives (if it has not already become law by January 20, 2009). -2. Ask Congress for and sign into law, legislation and funding to implement the remainder of the US-VISIT entry/exit system to identify those who have violated or overstayed the terms of their admission to the US and those who should be apprehended or detained by law enforcement officials. -3. Ask Congress for and sign into law, legislation and funding necessary to expand the ICE Criminal Alien Program so that all illegal alien criminals are processed for deportation at the end of their sentences. -4. Ask Congress for and sign into law, legislation and funding to implement all means necessary to secure our southern and northern borders by January 1, 2010. I pledge the power of my Presidency to fully implement these measures as expeditiously as possible. B. On or before January 1, 2012, I will work with members of Congress to request that the General Accounting Office certify the following: -1. At least 95% of all employers with 100 or more employees are using E-verify. -2. All provisions of the SAVE Act with deadlines on or before the date of GAO certification have been implemented and all provisions of the SAVE Act with deadlines after GAO certification are on schedule for implementation. (Any SAVE Act provision that has not become law by January 1, 2011 is excluded.) -3. The US-VISIT entry/exit system is fully and effectively operational. -4. Through it\'s best estimates at least 95% of all illegal alien criminals who have reached the end of their sentences in federal, state or local facilities in the preceding 12 months have been processed for deportation. -5. Through it\'s best estimates no more than 5,000 people have entered the U.S. illegally in the preceding 12 months. C. I pledge to the American people I will not propose or sign any legislation during my first term as President nor anytime before GAO certification of items in Section B above that: -1. Grants any legal status to foreign nationals unlawfully present in the U.S. currently (or unlawfully present in the future). -2. Creates new categories or programs through which foreign nationals unlawfully present in the U.S. currently (or unlawfully present in the future) may re-enter the U.S. or which grants them any special privilege once they are back in their home country on the basis of their having been in the U.S. illegally. -3. Expands the number of green cards issued in any existing categories to speed up movement to the front of the line of any foreign nationals unlawfully present in the U.S. currently (or unlawfully present in the future). -4. Expands the total number of foreign nationals allowed to receive temporary work authorization, permanent residency or citizenship under existing programs or categories. -5. Creates new programs or categories of temporary work authorization, permanent residency or citizenship. (This pledge remains silent regarding what, if anything, should be done on the issues in Section C after President McCain\'s first term and after GAO certification of the items in Section B.) _____________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________ ****Your street address and email address are required to sign this petition for verification purposes. ****Your email address will NOT be displayed on-line or sold or shared with anyone. It will only be used to communicate with you regarding the Border Security First Pledge and Senator McCain\'s response.