History shows the absolute necessity of always being prepared. With looming nuclear and terrorist threats from various places around the world, we must maintain a strong military and even stronger diplomacy. We must also resist the pull of a one-size-fits-all, European-style socialism model, and the temptation to incorporate international law into our American judicial system. America's greatness is built upon a strong foundation of unique principles of government that must never be diluted. We must also focus our offense against terrorism in intelligent, effective ways that don't victimize our own people. On this same general topic, as individual citizens we must vigilantly preserve our Second Amendment right to defend ourselves and our families.
Defending our borders has many aspects, including controlling illegal immigration. Citizens across Colorado understand the valuable contribution of legal immigration and they know the difference between legal immigration and illegal immigration. At both the state and federal level we must find solutions that will put us back on the healthy track of legal, manageable immigration. The great challenge in this issue is not just the symptom of illegal immigration, but also the root cause of a poorly created and managed system of legal immigration. Let's re-establish the vision of an America where those who come for opportunity are encouraged to do so in a way that coincides with our national best interests -- a win-win approach that encourages others to aspire to the American Dream but does not encourage or reward illegal behavior.
Since this issue first became a discussion of general concern, I have been standing up for the citizens, supporting and sponsoring legislation, actively engaging in the debate, and insisting any legislation create real solutions that will help fix the problems.