Illegal immigration has become one of the greatest challenges facing our nation. With an estimated 11 million undocumented individuals currently living in the United States, and thousands more crossing the border unlawfully every week, there is little doubt that current efforts to curb illegal immigration are simply not working.
I am committed to cracking down on illegal immigration and securing our borders. This is a national problem that must be addressed on a federal level. The U.S. needs to not only better enforce its current immigration laws, but update them to address the ever-changing threats to the nation's borders, security and economy. I have long been a supporter of immigration reform and am a cosponsor of the SAVE Act, which is a common sense plan to drastically curb illegal immigration in America by emphasizing border security, employer verification and interior enforcement.
I also support states' rights to pass their own laws in order to deal with the immigration crisis. In April, Arizona passed a law which would make the failure to carry immigration documents a crime and requires law enforcement officials to question anyone they suspect of being in the U.S. illegally. The law was set to take effect July 29, 2010, but U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder filed a lawsuit against the state of Arizona to block its implementation. I was pleased to join over 75 of my colleagues in the House of Representatives and five U.S. Senators in filing a court brief in opposition to the Obama Administration's challenge of Arizona's new immigration law. The brief cites numerous constitutional and legal problems with the Administration's challenge to the Arizona law and expresses our support for the state's right to enforce its new policy. I am hopeful as this plays out in court, Arizona's new law will be upheld.