Congressman Duncan's Statement on Immigration


Date: June 18, 2018
Location: Washington, DC

The American people are the kindest, most generous, people in the world, and almost every American, I am sure, sympathizes with people that have to live under terrible conditions in other countries.

No one wants to separate children from their parents. I have read and heard several times that almost half the people of the world have to get by on $4.00 or less a day. And our entire infrastructure, our schools, hospitals, jails, sewers, roads, in fact, our entire infrastructure, simply could not handle a rapid influx of many millions of people. Hundreds of millions would probably like to come here in the next three of four years if we simply opened up our borders.

Thus, we are forced to have a legal, orderly system of immigration, and it must be enforced. We already allow about 1.1 million to legally immigrate here each year, and have done so for many years. We also allow about 3.3 million to legally come here on work or other temporary visas. The estimates of those here illegally range usually from 11 to 20 million. The 1986 Simpson Mazzoli Immigration Reform Act did not work as promised, and the problem just grew worse.

We do not need to repeat those mistakes. I believe that we should enforce our existing laws and especially make sure that our borders are secure first. It has been said that if you do not have borders you do not have a country.