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Immigration

Since I was first elected to Congress in 2010, I have advocated for fixing our broken immigration system.  In addition, I have frequently stated that the most important step in completing that process is getting serious about enforcing existing law.

America is our home, and the American people expect Congress and the Administration to do all that we can to keep our communities safe and secure. For too long, we have allowed individuals to enter our country illegally, and in too many cases, do us harm. 

When he was in office, President Obama refused to enforce our immigration laws. And by failing in his Constitutional duty to uphold the law, he diminished the strength of the United States.

Fortunately, President Trump is taking a different approach. In fact, President Trump owes his position to the promise he made to the American people to get serious about enforcing our laws.  I want to do everything I can help the President keep that promise.

On January 10, 2018, I joined three of my House colleagues in introducing H.R 4760, the Securing America's Future Act. This legislation will modernize America’s immigration system, enacting conservative reforms that will make our nation strong. These reforms include authorizing funding for the border wall, stronger interior enforcement, mandatory E-Verify, and ending chain migration and the diversity visa lottery. Our bill will also strengthen our economy and create jobs by transitioning to a merit-based legal immigration system that puts the needs of the American people first. 

In September 2017, I introduced legislation – the Criminal Alien Gang Member Removal Act – which bars alien gang members from coming to the U.S. and detains and removes them if they are criminal gang members or participate in gang activity. This legislation has passed the House. 

In May 2017, I introduced legislation – the Davis-Oliver Act – which allows states and localities to participate in the enforcement of immigration laws; strengthens the ability of ICE officers to do their job; and makes it more difficult for terrorists and criminals to enter our country.  In June 2017, the House Judiciary Committee approved my bill.  That same month, the House passed Kate’s Law and the No Sanctuary for Criminals Act, which include provisions from the Davis-Oliver Act.

We also need to reform America’s refugee program. In June 2017, I introduced legislation to curb fraud in the refugee program, give state and local governments the power to decide if refugees are to be resettled within their communities and empower Congress, not the President, to set the cap on the number of refugees permitted to enter the United States annually. This bill has been approved by the House Judiciary Committee.

Fixing America’s broken immigration system will continue to be one of my top legislative priorities.