Securing the Border: America is a sovereign nation and we have a responsibility to do all we can to enforce our laws. Dangerous drugs–including opioids–flow into the country through the porous southwest border and end up addicting and eventually killing our children and destroying our communities. Porous borders are also a factor in the human trafficking epidemic and present a significant terror risk.
We must provide the border agents and officers on the ground with the tools they need to do their job. This includes better technology and increased manpower.
We must also pass legislation to close legal loopholes that are used by smugglers and cartels to infiltrate the U.S..
Interior enforcement (No amnesty or citizenship):
In our quest for a bipartisan compromise on immigration reform, DACA, benefits to the domestic economy and community safety should all be priorities.
Rather than amnesty or a path to citizenship, undocumented immigrants should be offered the ability to come out of the shadows and obtain renewable work visas. This will increase tax revenues and help undocumented immigrants to share the burden for social welfare programs, public education facilities and infrastructure they have already been utilizing.
Legal Immigration Reform: In the long run, it is in the best interest of the US to move toward a merit-based system that evaluates fit between an applicant’s skills and our economy’s needs. As Americans who value diversity, we should encourage anyone to apply for US citizenship, from any part of the world. However, it is important that these individuals love our country and embrace our values and have relevant skills to offer in a competitive economy.