Protecting our homeland from threats, both foreign and domestic, should be the top priority of the federal government. As we learned on September 11th, 2001 and continue to be reminded of by ISIS-led or inspired terrorist attacks around the world, we must remain vigilant in defending our citizens and our way of life.
Accordingly, it is vital that we provide our military and law enforcement officials with the tools they need to protect Americans from potential threats. We must also secure our borders in order to ensure that anyone entering our country is doing so in accordance with the law. In addition to illegal immigration, the law enforcement personnel stationed on our borders must confront drug smuggling, human trafficking, and the threat of terrorism on a day-to-day basis. More must be done to fully secure our borders and ensure the integrity of our immigration system, prevent the exploitation of children, protect our nation against terrorism, and stop criminal drug rings.
America has been, and always will be, a nation of immigrants. However, we are also a nation of laws and it is essential that we enforce those laws, which is why I supported efforts to block overreaching executive amnesty. Additionally, I supported efforts to address the issue of “sanctuary cities” to make sure that local law enforcement cooperates with federal immigration authorities when they discover people in our country illegally.
Finally, while ensuring our border is secure is critical, we must also work to modernize our broken immigration system by enacting reforms to promote improved legal avenues for workers and families.
Click the links below to read more about my efforts related to securing our borders and fixing our immigration system.
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