Securing Our Borders
Immigration is a hot button issue that Alaskans care about. This is also an issue that I have cared about throughout my career. While the United States has provided a way for millions of immigrants to pursue the "American dream" since its founding, the practice of illegal immigration threatens the security of our Nation and the safety of our citizens. Most of us would never allow a complete stranger into our home and risk the safety of our loved ones. But, by failing to secure our borders, we are allowing individuals without any documentation as to their identity or history, to freely live among us, drive on our streets, and patronize our stores. We need to know who is crossing our borders each day and with the influx in gang members and violent criminals flowing into our country, there is an increase in illegal drugs and narcotics. I will continue to support legislative efforts to secure our borders and provide for a safer America.
I believe in producing results instead of promises. Here are just a few of the things which I have been working on as your Representative in Congress.
Coming to America
There are enough incentives for people to cross our borders illegally, we shouldn't be providing more. I do not support giving social security benefits, free health care, and driver's licenses to those who have broken the law to come here. It's unfair to those individuals who have followed the rules and legally entered our country. The legal path to citizenship is lengthy and frustrating but I believe that in order to slow down the illegal immigration problem, we need to make the legal immigration process faster and more efficient. Moreover, we must strengthen our border security and provide tools for states and local communities to help federal law enforcement agencies identify and remove these criminal illegal aliens hiding in our midst.
Bills Passed by the House and Voted For
H.R. 3043 - Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act
The Gingrey amendment (H.Amdt.571) prohibits federal funds from being used to administer Social Security benefits accrued from work performed in Mexico.
H.R. 4830 - Border Tunnel Protection Act of 2006
This bill will penalize any person constructing or financing a border tunnel with up to 20 years imprisonment, 10 years for those who allow tunnels to be built on their land and 40 years for those who use a border tunnel to smuggle aliens, weapons, or drugs.
H.R. 1815 - National Defense Authorization Act
The Goode Amendment (H.Amdt.206) authorizes the Secretary of Defense to assign members of the military, under certain circumstances, to assist the Bureau of Border Security and U.S. Customs Service of the Department of Homeland Security on preventing the entry of terrorists, drug traffickers, and illegal aliens into the United States.
H.R. 4437 - Border Protection, Antiterrorism, and Illegal Immigration Control Act
The Stearns Amendment (H.Amdt.655) prohibits any alien from being granted legal immigration status of any kind until criminal record databases and terrorist watch lists are checked, and it is confirmed that no fraud has occurred.
This resolution states that it is the sense of the House of Representatives that States should not issue driver's licenses or other government-issued photo identification to aliens who are unlawfully present in the United States.
H.R. 3494 - Charlie Norwood CLEAR Act
This bill mandates the federal government to pick up every illegal alien apprehended by local authorities, and it would pay local police and sheriff's departments for detaining the illegal aliens.