Immigration Reform & Border Security

Immigration Reform & Border Security

Why it matters:A humanitarian and security crisis exists along our southern border that requires immediate action. The fact that our border can be penetrated so easily leaves us vulnerable to national security threats and has resulted in an influx of criminal activity, especially as it relates to narcotics and human trafficking. It is a serious crisis in need of a serious legislative solution. 

Where I stand:It is in our national interest to secure the border. I support President Trump’s decision to provide resources necessary to overcome the challenges our Customs and Border Patrol and Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers on the frontlines face in protecting our border. The president’s use of an authority in existing law will fund the construction of a strong border security system that will be a deterrent to those who seek to illegally enter our country.

However, we should not be in this situation. Congress has an obligation to ensure our homeland is secure. That means we must allocate the resources to ensure that our borders are properly secured. 

We also have a responsibility to ensure that our immigration laws are being enforced. The death of Kathryn (Kate) Steinle—who was killed by an illegal immigrant who had previously been convicted for seven felonies and had been previously deported five times—shows when local officials ignore federal immigration law and shield illegal immigrants from deportation, Americans are put at risk. I have met with numerous Arkansas families who have personally been impacted by criminal activity of illegal immigrants. We simply must act.

While national security must be the top priority when reforming our immigration system, the economic security of American citizens must also be protected. That is why I support efforts to hold employers accountable to ensure they are hiring legal workers and oppose efforts to provide amnesty to illegal immigrants. 

We are a nation of immigrants and must remain welcoming to those who want to achieve the American Dream. We should be proud of our record to naturalize those who immigrate here legally. We naturalize more new citizens per year than the rest of the world combined. However, it is vital that we enforce the law and ensure the safety and security of our nation. That must remain the top priority for lawmakers in Washington.