Controlling our borders is one of the fundamental responsibilities of the federal government, a responsibility in which they have failed. Because of this failure, illegal immigration has become a national security threat. It is also extraordinarily expensive, costing tens of millions in health care and education costs.
There is also a moral argument to border enforcement. It is fundamentally unfair to those who are waiting, sometimes for years, for the chance to enter our country legally. I am opposed to a special pathway to citizenship for those who came to our country illegally.
The answer to the problem of illegal immigration is fairly straightforward
- Enforce the security of our borders by all means necessary.
- Enforce current laws by prosecuting those who are involved with identity theft, Social Security fraud, and other criminal activities.
- Reduce the economic incentive to enter our country illegally by instituting an E-Verify program. This will also ensure that employers know who they are hiring, fulfilling their responsibility to the security of the nation as well as to their other employees.
- Never allow a pathway for citizenship for anyone who has entered the country illegally.
- Require those who have entered the country illegally to return to their country of origin and go through the legal immigration process before they are allowed citizenship.
- Do not allow local communities to aid and abet illegal behavior by providing sanctuary to illegal immigrants. Cut off all federal law enforcement funds to sanctuary cities.