Illegal immigration is a very serious problem and, while there is no quick fix to defuse the current crisis, I remain committed to securing our borders and strictly enforcing our nation's immigration laws.
Two recent examples provide evidence of the misguided approach this administration has taken toward immigration.
First, in Arizona where a state was forced to act in the absence of the federal government. Rather than enforcing the law, the administration diverted precious resources to take the state to court. Just a day before it was to take effect, and despite overwhelming public support for it, a federal judge blocked the provision of Arizona's new immigration law which would require police to verify the citizenship of people they stop and believe to be in the country illegally. This is an activist ruling and should be overturned.
To read more about my thoughts on Arizona's law and this ruling, click here.
Another cause for concern was a draft government memo recently uncovered showing that the administration is considering its options to bypass Congress and implement, "a non-legislative version of amnesty."
Addressed to Alejandro Mayorkas, the Director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services which is charged with enforcing the nation's immigration laws, the memo was written by four agency staffers. It outlines steps the agency could take to "reduce the threat of removal" for illegal immigrants -- steps that would amount to backdoor amnesty.
Once again, the administration is showing just how far it is willing to go to bypass Congress and to subvert the will of the American people in pursuit of its out-of-touch agenda. Throughout the country, Americans are calling for enforcement of our laws and increased border security. Instead, bureaucrats in Washington are trying to figure out how they can pry open the flood gates.
We need to work together to secure our borders -- it is a matter of national and economic security. I believe that any immigration reform package should include increased border security, a temporary work visa system, tamper-proof, biometric identification cards, and employer sanctions for violations.
While the challenges to address this issue are clear, we must secure our borders first and enforce the law while working to improve it. I'll continue my work on this important issue and hope you'll take the time to share your thoughts with me by participating in this week's poll.