One of the most perplexing problems confronting America is the issue of immigration reform. Most experts now believe that our country has between 10 to 12 million illegal immigrants living in the United States. Not only are illegal immigrants breaking our laws to cross our borders, they also impose a heavy burden on the country economically. From the extra medical service needed to the education expenses incurred, most states are straining to find a way to meet the needs of people living in their states without going through the proper legal channels.
Throughout her time in Congress, Marsha Blackburn has dedicated her efforts towards identifying legislative solutions to addressing the critical problem of illegal immigration.
As a member of the Immigration Reform Caucus, she supported tough measures to increase penalties for those caught smuggling illegal aliens into the country as well as those employers that knowingly attract and hire illegal immigrants. She is pushing for tough legislation that holds those caught breaking the law accountable.
Marsha knows that secure countries have secure borders. Today, every state is a border state and every town is a border town. Since coming to Washington, Congressman Blackburn has worked to ensure that our immigration policies are in sync with this new reality.
She is also the sponsor of the CLEAR act which gives law enforcement the tools they need to help the Federal government deport criminal aliens from our country.
Blackburn supported the Real ID Act in 2005 that set minimum standards for every state to follow when issuing drivers licenses. Congressman Blackburn is the author of the Photo Identification Security Act denying illegal immigrants access to the financial sector through the acquisition of mortgages, loans, and credit cards. Her bill requires the federal government and financial institutions to accept only secure forms of identification.
Blackburn is also a strong supporter of the 287(g) grant program which she helped bring to Davidson County. The 287(g) program facilitates the deportation of criminal aliens from the United States, and is responsible for aiding the Federal government's deportation of over 3,000 illegal immigrants since 2006.