The first step to meaningful immigration reform is to secure our borders, and as a Member of Congress, I will work to give law enforcement the tools they need to do their jobs. Any real reform will start by stemming the flow of those entering this country illegally. I do not support amnesty for illegal immigrants. We must also make it tougher on those here unlawfully, which is why as a state legislator I have opposed this state's practice of issuing drivers' licenses to illegal residents.
Fixing our economy is my top priority, and we must do whatever it takes to protect employment opportunities for US workers. However, many business sectors depend on a flexible labor market. Improving guest worker programs in sectors that range from agriculture to high-tech will help business thrive. Our country has a tradition of compassion for those who respect the law and I intend to uphold that tradition. I believe America should always make room for those willing to follow the rules.