America is the greatest force for good in the world. Our freedom and the will to defend it is a shining example for other nations. In order to continue to serve as a guide and aid to other nations, we must maintain our strength at home and commit ourselves to ensuring that America's forces are modern, capable, and agile enough to effectively deal with threats abroad.
The world and its threats are changing, but America's position as a principled and strong leader must not.
One of our core responsibilities is to have a strong military. North Dakota is home to thousands of veterans and service members, two Air Force Bases, and numerous Air and Army National Guard Posts. North Dakota's bases perform vital missions and I support their continued role in keeping America safe.
The greatness of a country can be judged by the amount of people seeking to live in it rather than leave it. We are a nation of immigrants, and I am proud that millions of people continue to seek a better life and more opportunities for themselves and their families here in America. The orderly and legal flow of immigrants is vital to continued economic vitality. I oppose amnesty and will continue to seek and promote reasonable and orderly paths to legal immigration for those wishing to contribute to our state and our country.
Unfortunately, Washington has failed us through years of accumulated neglect. Immigration reform should focus first on securing our borders from illegal immigrants, terrorists, and drug traffickers. Additionally, we should empower businesses with the tools to verify citizenship and ensure we are all working toward the same goal of legal and orderly immigration. In doing so, we will continue to be a nation of opportunity and potential for those seeking to join us.