Issue Position: Immigration

Issue Position

Date: Jan. 1, 2012
Issues: Immigration

Illegal Immigration

Illegal immigrants cost the average California family $1,185 a year in additional taxes to pay for their education, healthcare and other social services.

For more than 10 years, Congressman Miller has been fighting to fix the problem and has advocated the following:

Secure the Border

The federal government should build a two-layered fence along the entire U.S.-Mexico border, fully staff the border patrol, increase the use of smart technology--including aerial drones--and equip state and local law enforcement agencies with the tools needed to fight illegal immigration.

Stop Government Handouts

Taxpayers spend more than $340 billion a year caring for, educating and incarcerating illegal immigrants. To prevent illegal immigrants from receiving taxpayer funded services, Congressman Miller has written legislation to prohibit states from issuing driver's licenses to illegals (often used to collect benefits), bar illegals from renting or owning a home in the United States or collecting Section 8 housing vouchers, block states from giving in-state tuition to illegals and stop illegal immigrants from collecting Social Security and welfare.

Stop Employing Them

Most illegal immigrants enter the United States with the intention of at least one family member working. An effective policy that limits the hiring of illegals would likely cause many to leave the country and could reduce the future inflows of illegals. Congressman Miller is working to require all employers to use E-Verify to confirm the employment eligibility of new hires and current employees, penalize employers who continue to employ workers who have failed verification, and facilitate information sharing between immigration officials and the Social Security administration (which is currently prohibited).

End Anchor Baby Loophole

An anchor baby is a child born in the United States to illegal aliens. Under the current interpretation of the law, the baby is a U.S. citizen and the parents, under the family reunification provisions of the Immigration and Nationality Act, are then fast tracked to also become U.S. citizens. Thus the game begins: Sneak a pregnant woman into the United States, hope she doesn't get caught before giving birth and, if successful, the entire family is legally eligible for government handouts. Some foreign governments even advertise this loophole in the hopes that individuals living in the United States will send U.S. dollars back to family members in their home countries.

Congressman Miller is working to end this practice by amending the Immigration and Nationality Act to require a person born in the United States, in order to gain citizenship, must have at least one parent who is a U.S. citizen or national, a lawful permanent resident alien whose residence is in the United States or a resident performing active service in the U.S. Armed Forces.

Send Them Home

There are 12 to 20 million illegal immigrants right now in the United States, or more specifically 12 to 20 million law breakers who flaunt our immigration laws. Congressman Miller advocates that illegal immigrants apprehended must remain in custody until removed from the United States. Under current policy, some illegal immigrants are released into the United States and told to return for a later court appearance, which very few actually show up for.

The simple fact remains: if the United States were to enforce its immigration laws and apply common sense to the disbursement of government services, many illegal immigrants would return home voluntarily.