As the son of an immigrant, I appreciate how essential immigration—legal immigration—has been to making this country what it is today.  Sadly, illegal immigration has become a serious problem, and it affects the entire country.  It is unfair to those near the border who are endangered by nearby violence and drug smuggling and to those who wait on line to enter this country legally.  It also feeds a pernicious underworld of human trafficking that violates this country’s most basic values. 

Previous attempts to legislate on the subject of immigration failed to recognize that border security must be the first step toward reforming our policy in this area.  Worksite enforcement also needs to be strengthened to ensure that American citizens and legal residents are the ones obtaining jobs, especially during this period of high unemployment.  The Obama administration advocates for the legalization of the estimated 11 million illegal aliens currently residing in our country.  I oppose this mass amnesty, which I think will only exacerbate the problem and encourage further disrespect of the law.  I also believe that as the demand to bring extended family members from other countries diminishes, our system should encourage the naturalization of more highly skilled labor, including those who are educated in the U.S. and others who make a contribution to our country by serving in our military.

We can improve border security by ramping up resources and personnel in the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agency and completing the fence mandated by Congress in 2006.  Once the border is secure, we can efficiently strengthen and reform our immigration system.

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  • commented 2014-06-11 23:26:59 -0400
    Our country is literally being invaded with the complicity of our politicians, beginning with the laughably-named commander-in-chief, our lawbreaking president, who refuses to defend Americans or enforce our laws if he doesn’t like them. This is going way too far. Other presidents have turned a blind eye to enforcing, also, but this president and his power and money-hungry friends are courting and promoting illegal aliens to come here. Add insult to injury—-we are paying for it with the money taken from us in taxes. We are being milked for THEIR benefit. The sooner we put a stop to it, the better.
  • commented 2014-06-11 06:19:00 -0400
    We absolutely need to improve the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agency. News over the last week of thousands crossing the border into Texas. We basically welcomed them in by sending them to Arizona and other states because it was basically too costly to send them back to their country of origin. Honestly, it’s a sad situation. So yes, I agree with you, secure the border and then fix the system…in a timely manner.
  • commented 2014-04-18 15:36:01 -0400
    You’re absolutely right, but it’s not just the Obama Administration. It is most Democrats, and most Republicans. Everyone is petrified to lose “the Latino vote,” which is really a backhanded insult to Latino-Americans. It presumes that Latinos generally favor breaking the law (illegal immigration), which is not true. There are plenty of Latino-Americans who, like most Americans are angry that many circumvent our laws and enter or remain illegally.

    Most importantly, as you say, there needs to be a fence. There also needs to be ZERO TOLERANCE for hiring illegal aliens, renting apartments to them, etc.

    And asking someone his/her immigration status in the process of law enforcement has been a FEDERAL law (which supersedes state law) for many decades, including the requirement of non-citizen aliens to carry “documents” (i.e., their immigrant or nonimmigrant visa) with them whenever they leave the house.