"If the federal government was truly securing the border, you would not have to deal with a lot of these state laws that are percolating up to address what folks back in the states see as the federal government's failure to do its job." -- Rep. Tim Griffin, 10/26/11
Voted in the House Judiciary Committee for H.R. 2885, the Legal Workforce Act that establishes an employment eligibility verification system, patterned after the E-Verify system.
Our borders are not secure because the federal government has failed its responsibilities. Any attempt at immigration reform must start with securing the border. The unsecured U.S. border is first and foremost a national security issue and should be treated that way.
I support a fair and commonsense approach to immigration reform that gives priority to those who have followed the rules and waited their turn to become American citizens. I oppose amnesty for illegal immigrants -- we should not reward lawbreakers. Also, I oppose college scholarships for illegal aliens.