Immigration has been a very contentious issue in this country, but it doesn't have to be.
Pat believes there are a couple of key principles that should guide our country's immigration policy. The first is the importance of the rule of law. America is a country built on a common respect for the rule of law, and we must make sure we do not allow politicians in Washington to undermine this fundamental value. For this reason, Pat opposes amnesty.
While he believes legal immigrants should be given a chance to live the American dream, he does not believe people who break the law should be rewarded. Such a policy is unfair to those who come to this country legally and is harmful to the country's national security.
The second principle is securing our border. It is crucial to the country's security that we know who is entering our country; as long as the border is not secure, we will not be able to achieve this goal. For years, politicians have discussed the importance of securing America's border, but it's amounted only to talk and not enough action.
The United States was built by immigrants - they made our country the great nation it is today. We must never forget that those who are willing to put in the hard work to be successful will be the foundation for this country's continued prosperity - whether those workers were born in this country or elsewhere. But we must make sure that the opportunity to live and work in America is built upon a strong foundation of respect for the rule of law and a secure border.