Issue Position: Immigration
Immigration is one of the most discussed issues in Congress. It is very clear that we have a broken system in our country. It is precisely because the current policies have failed that we must try new ideas.
New approaches to immigration reform should be rooted in three basic principles: secure our borders, enforce our laws and reform our immigration policies.
First, we must finish the job of securing our borders. Border security is fundamental to any nation and of particular concern in this time of terrorist attacks. For too long we have tolerated porous borders. So, we must continue the work we have begun and establish a firm schedule for completing this task.
Second, we must enforce our laws. And as respect for the law is one of the cornerstones of citizenship, we must ensure that current laws address the issue of people working here illegally and that they are enforceable.
Finally, I believe it is in our national interest to make major reforms to the way in which our immigration laws treat those wishing to live and work in the United States. The United States has always been a land of opportunity, and it should continue to be so. But we should extend this opportunity in a way that makes sense and which helps us keep America's economy strong through a stable, sound and legal workforce. In a nation with historically low unemployment and a growing economy, we should give particular encouragement to people who understand and appreciate the founding principles of this nation, who have the education necessary to succeed, who speak English and who want to assimilate into our culture and truly become Americans.