As a member of the Immigration Reform Caucus, I will have an opportunity to work with my colleagues to develop a comprehensive immigration reform package. I believe in border security first. We must stop the flow of illegal aliens into the United States. If we don't, our school systems, health care delivery systems and safety will continue to be compromised. The current law is not being executed efficiently. Our sheriffs, officers, and guards have too many loops to jump through to be able to do their job effectively, and it makes it much easier for the illegals to come through. For this reason, I am supporting legislation that contributes to strengthen our immigration process.
H.R. 997 - English Language Unity Act of 2009
This legislation makes English the official language of the United States.
H.R. 1868 - Birthright Citizenship Act of 2009
This legislation amends the Immigration and Nationality Act by clarifying that a person born in the United States gains citizenship if the parents are: a) a citizen or national of the United States, b) a lawful permanent resident alien who resides in the United States, and c) an alien performing active service in the United States Armed Forces.
H.R. 3713 - American Health Care Solutions Act of 2009
This legislation is a bipartisan solution to lower health costs, increase access to affordable coverage, and give patients more choices and control. Importantly included in the legislation are verification requirements to prevent illegal aliens from receiving Medicaid benefits.
H.R. 5016 prohibits the Secretaries of the Interior and Agriculture from taking action on public lands which impede border security on such lands.
H.R. 5357 - the Deploy National Guard Troops to the Border Act
To provide for the deployment of additional National Guard troops along the international border between the United States and Mexico in support of the border control activities of the United States Customs and Border Protection of the Department of Homeland Security.
To continue my support in protecting our border, I have also signed on to a Dear Colleague letter sent to President Obama urging him to take action to address the violence on the border as it continues to escalate. The violence represents a serious national security threat to the United States and asks for the deployment of National Guard troops to secure the border, as has been requested by a number of state Governors and Member of Congress.
I will continue to support the pardoning of Border Patrol Agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Alonso Compean who were released in 2009 after being arrested and put in Federal Prison in 2005, for doing their job in protecting our border.
It is important that we recognize the significant contributions legal immigrants have made to the United States; however, I do not favor granting citizenship to someone for breaking an immigration law.