Issue Position: Immigration
America is a nation of immigrants, and we benefit tremendously when people legally immigrate to our country. Unfortunately, throughout the past decade, millions of people have chosen to disregard our immigration laws and illegally enter our country or overstay their visas.
The Obama Administration has failed to successfully protect our borders over the last several years. Thousands of immigrants from all over the world are now streaming across our southern border with the anticipation of receiving amnesty. There are many in Congress, to include myself, who are not in favor of amnesty for illegal immigrants.
The President of the United States has a duty to faithfully execute the laws as they are currently written, not as he wishes they were written. Disregarding current immigration law makes it difficult to determine what changes to immigration law should be made. Also, the Administration has a practice of arbitrarily choosing what laws he will and will not enforce. Unfortunately, this has caused many to become deeply skeptical of reforming immigration laws under this Administration.
Until the appropriate laws already on the books are strongly enforced, illegal immigrants will continue to pour across our borders and weaken our national security. Once our laws are enforced, our nation will create a new generation of dedicated, patriotic American citizens. Legal immigrants have obeyed our regulations, and America must demonstrate our commitment to these hard-working individuals by ensuring those who follow our laws are treated courteously by immigration officials and their immigration applications are processed in a timely fashion.