Immigration to the United States, both legal and illegal, has exploded over the last wo decades. According to the Census Bureau, our nation’s immigrant population hit a record 43.7 million in July 2016, an increase of 12.6 million since 2000. About one-quarter of the immigrants living in the U.S. entered the country illegally. To fix the system we need to secure our border to end illegal immigration and rebalance the legal immigration process to favor employment-based visas and immediate family members. We should encourage legal immigrants who desire to make the U.S. their permanent home to find employment, learn English and apply for citizenship.
Secure the Border
I support securing the border and believe it will take a comprehensive approach. Our nation’s security experts need to decide which approach works in the different terrain along our 2,000 mile southern border. It could include, among the options, physical walls, high tech “virtual walls”, beefed up border patrols by both drones and border patrol officers.
I believe children brought to America illegally through no fault of their own should be allowed to stay, as long as they have not committed a crime.
Reform Chain Migration
Chain migration needs immediate reform to end abuses. I support legislation to retain immigration preferences only for the for the spouses and minor children of U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents, and to eliminate preferences for the extended family members.
End the Diversity Lottery
The Diversity Lottery is outdated and plagued with fraud that has resulted in terrorists entering our country. There is no economic or humanitarian justification for continuing the Diversity Lottery.