It’s past time for properly securing our borders and reforming our immigration policy, but citizenship should not be a consolation prize for circumventing our laws. Today, the president announced his plan for resolving our immigration problem. Unfortunately, it amounts to amnesty bundled up in a new box with a fresh bow. We did this in 1986 when we said, “If you come here illegally, we will award you citizenship for breaking our laws.”
anyone really think the undocumented are here because we have a broken
citizenship process? No, they are here in the shadows because we have a broken
workforce documentation process and a broken border.
president and other leaders in Washington must understand that changing our
current citizenship process is not necessary to repairing our failed
immigration system. Further, inserting a change to our citizenship process for
certain people only continues to send the message to others that the U.S.
rewards circumvention of our laws.
new policies must focus on securing our border and addressing workforce needs
rather than rubber stamping citizenship through amnesty. We can be pro-legal
immigration and pro-economy without creating a situation where we encourage
future illegal entry. The president’s proposal is nothing more than convenience
citizenship. We already have a pathway to citizenship; it is our naturalization
process, let’s not undermine the process for becoming a US citizen.
are more than 11 million illegal immigrants living with us today in the United
States and I support a plan that allows them to become a legal part of the
workforce. These hard-working immigrants living in the shadows should be
allowed to come out of the darkness, pay a fine, submit to a criminal
background check, secure verifiable employment and then attain legal worker
status. I also welcome all who want to become a U.S. citizen through our
naturalization process, but don’t want to make the mistakes of past amnesty
that will only perpetuate the problems.
can solve this problem and still ensure America is the land of golden
opportunity for immigrants around the world, but let’s make sure we do this the
right way and fix the broken system by taking the politics out.