“As the son of a legal immigrant, who became a United States citizen in 1976, the immigration issue is near and dear to my heart,” Pantano said upon signing the pledge.
“I applaud those, who like my father, come to this country legally looking for a better opportunity and hoping to live the American Dream," Pantano continued. "However, illegal immigration is a major national security threat and an economic threat. The Federal government is failing in its primary duty of protecting its citizens. We must secure our borders. I want to salute Van Hipp, Chairman of Americans for Securing the Border, and his entire organization for leading the fight on this issue.”
According to their website, Americans for Securing the Border is "a national advocacy group dedicated to stopping the flow of illegal immigration and enhancing U.S. security along the US-Mexican border."
Below is a release they put out earlier today praising Pantano for signing their pledge:
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Ilario Pantano Republican Candidate for Congress signs pledge to secure the border
Supports the construction of a date-certain, double fence across the entire US border with Mexico prior to the end of 2013
Today, Van Hipp, Chairman Americans for Securing the Border announced that Ilario Pantano republican candidate from the 7th congressional district of NC signed the Pledge to support the construction of a date certain, secure double fence across the entire US border with Mexico prior to the end of 2013.
Chairman Hipp said, "Ilario Pantano knows the value of citizenship as his father emigrated from Italy and became an American citizen in 1976."
Hipp further stated, "llario Pantano has twice stepped up to the plate to serve his country. First in "Desert Storm" and then after Sept 11, he reenlisted in the Marinesto fight for his country.
Hipp continued, "This combat veteran understands that securing our border with Mexico is an economic and national security imperative."
Hipp thanked Pantano for his service to his country and for having the backbone to be the first candidate in 7th congressional distinct to sign "The Pledge."
It is our hope that the other candidates in the race will join with Mr. Pantano and sign our "Pledge."
Chairman Hipp concluded, "Americans for Securing the Border is dedicated to stopping the flow of illegal immigration and enhancing U.S. security along the US-Mexican border. In the coming months we intend to ask all current Congressman and Senators as well as candidates to sign our Pledge as well."
For further information contact: (919) 345-5741
View Pantano's signed pledge here: http://americansforsecuringtheborder.com/imag
October 19, 2011