The disappearance of America’s southern border undermines our culture and the rule of law, threatens to bankrupt the nation, and opens our communities up to drug traffickers, terrorists and those in search of a free ride.
In accordance with Article II, Section 3 of the United States Constitution, the President “…shall take care that the laws be faithfully executed.” However, the Obama Administration has chosen to encourage illegal immigration by adopting a policy commonly referred to as “De Facto Amnesty”. This has, predictably, resulted in a dramatic increase in illegal immigration.
Part of this increase is the recent flood of immigrant minor children, which the National Association of Former Border Patrol Officers has charged is a “predictable, orchestrated and contrived assault on the compassionate side of Americans by her political leaders that knowingly puts minor illegal alien children at risk for purely political purposes”.
The advocates of open borders and amnesty appear unlikely to advance their legislative proposals this year although they will certainly seek to introduce some version of Senator Schumer’s Senate Bill 744, which creates a path to amnesty for those who’ve entered our country illegally, in the next legislative session.
My position is clear. Our borders must be secured and I will oppose any effort which offers amnesty or a path to citizenship to those who broke our laws and disregarded our nation’s sovereignty when they illegally entered the United States.
I will advocate for legislation that will deny benefits to illegal immigrants. In addition, I will advocate for legislation that will require that all US government business be conducted in English and that any responsibility for providing translators, except in criminal cases, be borne by the individual.
I will also advocate for legislation, such as Iowa Congressman Steve King’s House Bill 140, which seeks to end automatic citizenship for children of illegal immigrants born in the United States by returning to the original meaning of the “subject to jurisdiction” clause of the 14th Amendment.
Some say it is impossible to deport illegal aliens residing in the United States. They are WRONG. Of course we can do it, so long as we summon the political will and provide the resources to enforce existing laws. In May 1954 President Eisenhower’s Immigration and Naturalization Director Joseph Swing, in cooperation with the Mexican government, began a program of apprehensions and deportations which totaled 1,078,168 in twelve months. Once enforcement began, the numbers declined dramatically, resulting in 242,608 deportations in 1955 and declining steadily until 1962. These actions should serve as a model for future efforts and I will forcefully advocate such a course.
While the United States will always welcome those immigrants who wish to come here legally, learn English, and contribute positively to our society, the federal government has a responsibility to secure our borders and enforce immigration policy.
I have a 100% record of opposition to both amnesty and illegal immigration. If given the opportunity to once again serve the people of New Hampshire in the United States Senate, I will continue that record.