Issue Position: Immigration
I am concerned about the potential harm illegal immigration poses to our economy and our security. I believe it's important to be clear that illegal immigration, not legal immigration, is the problem. From the time America was founded we've been a nation of immigrants. Unfortunately, there are almost 12 million people residing in the U.S. today that are doing so illegally, and the fact is every state is hurt by illegal immigration.
In a post 9/11 world, securing the homeland and keeping the terrorists out has taken on new meaning. That's why I've voted to increase border security and backed stringent standards for getting government identification. I've also voted to allocate more resources, including some use of the military, to the border areas to attempt to stem the rate of illegal immigrants into the country. I've voted to build a fence on the southern border to assist local communities in protecting their territory. In addition, I've voted to allow local law enforcement to have a role in protecting our country by ending the dangerous "catch and release" policies of the past.
I oppose granting amnesty to those that are here illegally. I oppose any action that rewards a violation of law with citizenship to our great nation. It's an insult to the millions of legal immigrants that work hard and play by the rules.
Illegal immigration undermines our economy. From education to healthcare to increased incarceration, illegal immigration costs the Federal Treasury $45 billion annually - costs that are subsidized by honest taxpayers in each and every state.
The international border shared by Montana's eleven northernmost counties adds up to nearly 500 miles of mostly wide-open territory, often too large to patrol with conventional means. The top priority of any government is to secure its borders and protect its citizens. As Montana's Congressman, I work daily to ensure Montanans are safe. My dedication to your security will never change.