Our immigration system is broken. According to the Department of Homeland Security, there are approximately 11 million illegal immigrants residing in the United States. Allowing illegal immigrants to come into the United States and stay here without any consequences is unfair to law-abiding legal immigrants, undermines our national security, and encourages more illegal immigration. The first steps to fixing our immigration system must be to make certain our border is secure and ensure the laws passed by Congress are enforced.
We should absolutely not tolerate the President’s refusal to enforce our immigration law. The Constitution is clear - Congress makes the law, and the President enforces the law. Our Republic is in grave danger if we allow the President to pick and choose which laws he will enforce, or outright change the laws he does not like.
Like so many other things in Washington, Legal Immigration by fully vetted immigrants who want to contribute and share in the American Dream has become too difficult. While it is appropriate to vet immigrants in order to minimize the risks of terrorists entering the country under the guise of immigration, some of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services rules and regulations are merely burdensome and nitpicking. Thus making the process more expensive, burdensome, and time consuming without providing additional security to those in the United States.
I voted to support H.R. 3009, the Enforce the Law for Sanctuary Cities Act, which would remove State Criminal Alien Assistance Program funding for states or localities with policies that do not enforce federal immigration laws. The bill also denies certain Department of Justice grant program funds to such states and localities. In addition to the serious security implications that illegal immigration poses, allowing illegal immigrants to come into the United States and stay here is unfair to law-abiding legal immigrants, undermines our national security, and encourages more illegal immigration.
Voted in support of five amendments to H.R. 240, the Fiscal Year 2015 Department of Homeland Security appropriations bill, which, among other actions, would have defunded the President’s unlawful executive actions on immigration, protected the rights of legal immigrants, facilitated the removal of aliens convicted of serious crimes, and reiterated a strong commitment to policies that support citizen workers and legal immigrant workers. I am of the view that Congress is obligated to hold the President accountable in its own way: by exercising its power of the purse as an equal branch of government. Unfortunately, the final version of H.R. 240 that ultimately passed the Senate and the House allowed for continued funding of President’s unilateral immigration actions. I opposed that final version of the legislation.
Voted in support of the Visa Waiver Improvement and Terrorist Travel Prevention Act (H.R. 158), which seeks to prevent our enemies from entering the United States through our visa-waiver program. This legislation is another step forward in strengthening our national security by improving our visa system, increasing our border security, and tightening up our laws for those who overstay their work, travel, or student visas.
I am an original co-sponsor of House Resolution 11, providing the Speaker of the House with the authority to initiate litigation against the President or other executive branch officials for failing to carry out their duties under the Constitution of the United States with respect to the implementation of the immigration law or any laws pertaining to illegal immigration.
Co-sponsored the Stop Catch and Release Act (H.R. 2942), legislation that requires the mandatory detention of any individual who is unlawfully present in the United States and is arrested for inadmissible or deportable crimes.
I support the use of the E-Verify system. Federal law mandates that employers must only hire individuals who are eligible to legally work in the United States. The E-Verify system “compares information from an employee's Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, to data from U.S. Department of Homeland Security and Social Security Administration records to confirm employment eligibility."
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