While I welcome legal immigration, I am strongly opposed to illegal immigration. In addition, I will not support any amnesty of illegal immigrants currently living in the United States. This issue affects every aspect of our society. It impacts our unemployment and crime rates, burdens our educational and health care systems, and weakens our national security.
Our first priority must be controlling our borders, which means the construction of physical walls and new technology to stop the flow of both illegal immigrants and drug traffickers. We must then increase and enforce the penalties for employers who hire illegal immigrants and withhold funding to states and municipalities that refuse to follow federal immigration laws. As a former state trooper, I also know the importance of empowering local law enforcement to report illegal immigrants to the appropriate authorities.