Immigration

Stopping Illegal Immigration and Enforcing Our Laws

Our illegal immigration problem cannot be solved until we first secure our border and end unlawful entry.  I have worked to ensure that U.S. Customs and Border Protection has the tools they need to gain operational control of our coastlines and our southern and northern borders.   I want to duly ensure that all of our visa programs and the U.S. Refugee Resettlement Program is secure enough to stop anyone from causing harm to the United States. For those who reside here illegally, we must ensure any new laws adopted require strict and significant remediation for the laws broken before any consideration of a change of status can be entertained.

When President Obama issued his executive order to grant amnesty to more than four million individuals, I was one of only 20 legislators to introduce legislation to curb this executive overreach and prohibit the President from selective enforcement of the law that treats undocumented immigrants as if they maintained legal status.

When we faced a crisis at the border, I supported legislation to prohibit the Administration from using funds to consider deferred action for childhood arrivals (DACA) cases that were authorized by an Executive memorandum or for any similar additional programs that would be authorized by Executive action.

And, through the annual budget process, my colleagues and I on the House Appropriations Committee approved an amendment that would prohibit DHS funds from being allocated to ‘sanctuary cities’ that have established a practice of not assisting or coordinating with Federal immigration law enforcement to identify and remove undocumented immigrants. I am also a cosponsor of Kate’s Law, which would increase penalties for undocumented immigrants who unlawfully reenter the United States after their removal.