It is the federal government's job to keep its international borders secure and control the flow of non-citizens who are in the country on a temporary or permanent basis. This is no easy task with a country so large. However, there is no excuse for the porous borders and ineffective immigration process that exists today. Congress and the Administration share equal blame for our current situation.
It is my intention to work with members of both parties and administration officials to streamline the immigration process and secure the borders. Additionally, local law enforcement personnel have been forced to play such a big role in securing the border and dealing with illegal aliens who break the law. They have neither the resources nor the time to take on this enormous task. We must do our job and relieve the burden on local and state officials. Our citizens demand and deserve no less.