On Illegal Immigration and Border Security
Illegal immigration is on the forefront of many Americansí minds lately and with good reason. The Center for Immigration Studies has recently reported that our immigrant population is now 37 million, up from 27 million in 1997. 1 in 3 of these immigrants are here illegally. We have a problem that has exploded in the last 10 years with no appreciable change in border security since September 11 when we were supposed to take a hard look at the problem.
We have security issues at home and our resources are running thin. Our education system is stretched, and immigration accounts for virtually all the national increase in public school enrollment in the last 2 decades. There is a worker present in 78% of immigrant households using at least one major welfare program, according to the same study. Itís no surprise then that often times these immigrants can afford to work for lower wages. They are subsidized by our government to do so.
Right now we are
subsidizing a lot of illegal immigration with our robust social programs and it
is an outrage that instead of coming to the
The anchor baby phenomenon has also been very problematic. Simply being born on US soil to illegal immigrant parents should not trigger automatic citizenship. This encourages many dangerous behaviors and there are many unintended consequences as a result of this blanket policy. I am against amnesty and I have introduced an amendment to the Constitution (H.J. Res 46) which will end this form of amnesty.
I have also supported
the strengthening our border and increasing the number of border patrol agents.
It is an outrage that our best trained border guards are sent to
The anger is
understandable when it comes to illegal immigration and the problems with our
borders. I will continue to fight in
Congress for more effective ways to address these issues in keeping with the
Constitutional mandate to protect