America is a nation of laws, and the rule of law is the hallmark of our society. Everything stems from that. Illegal immigration chips away at the rule of law. It costs our state billions in education spending, health care and criminal justice. It depresses wages and takes jobs that Americans desperately need in these troubled times. This is not an issue of pitting one ethnicity against another.
Immigration is a federal problem, and a true solution must come from Washington. But there are steps that can be taken at the local level to mitigate the effects. I led the charge to use E-Verify for all new hires at the City of Cedar Park to ensure legal work status of city employees. Proper stewardship of taxpayer resources demands nothing less. As your state representative, I will push for expansion of E-Verify to cover all state employees and contractors.