Issue Position: Illegal Immigration

Issue Position

Date: Jan. 1, 2012
Issues: Immigration

Congressman Gerlach believes all immigration must be legal. The federal government fails to do its job when it does not know who is in the country at any given time, and that is a result of porous borders. All too frequently, those apprehended at the border are known criminals who have no interest in living by our laws or as responsible citizens.

To that end, Jim has consistently supported stricter border enforcement, including substantial increases in Border Patrol agents, the construction of a fence along our southern border, and high-tech monitoring to curb the flow of illegal immigrants into our country.

Granting amnesty to 10-15 million illegal immigrants rewards those who broke our laws and would bankrupt and ruin Social Security and Medicare. Congressman Gerlach opposes any plan that grants amnesty. The Social Security Administration has estimated an amnesty program would cost Social Security alone over $500 billion more.

Jim supports programs like E-Verify to allow business owners to confirm legal status of their workers with the federal government.

To deal with labor shortages in agriculture, service and other specific industries that have real labor shortages, Gerlach supports an increase in legal seasonal work visas that allow temporary visitors to work legally, and then they must return home or never be re-employed.