Illegal immigration is a serious threat to our nation's security and safety. Today, there may be as many as 20 million illegal immigrants in the United States. Entering our nation through our ports and borders to the north and south, illegal immigrants present a vexing problem for our nation.
It is simple: we must maintain secure and firm control of our borders and our ports of entry. We must know who is entering our country and make sure those who would do us harm are caught, prosecuted and deported.
It is evident despite the best efforts of our border agents, the tide of illegal immigrants continues. We must do a better, smarter, and more efficient job of meeting this responsibility.
While illegal immigration is a problem in need of an aggressive and comprehensive solution, the answer is not to legalize the millions of illegal immigrants currently residing in the United States. I support efforts to eliminate incentives which promote illegal immigration, and I will continue to fight against proposals which undermine our immigration laws and reward illegal actions.
As a member of the House Science and Technology Committee, I have worked to pass legislation to update our border security technology with the latest in security innovations in order to secure wider sections of our borders with fewer men.
I have joined the House Immigration Reform Caucus in order to work with my colleagues to institute meaningful immigration reform encouraging legal and timely immigration for those who wish to make a positive contribution to our society and who do so legally.
Our nation was founded by immigrants - including my own family - who sought a better life for themselves and their families. We owe them the respect to pass and enforce policies protecting our national security while acknowledging the important contribution of lawful immigrants.