While the crisis along our southern border is a surprise to President Obama and Jeanne Shaheen, it is something we have all seen coming for years.
It is a crisis of the President's own creation. He has done nothing to secure the border and enforce our laws. In fact, he has done everything he can to push for amnesty and further encourage illegal immigration.
The current Obama-Shaheen policy also enables the perpetuation of northbound drug trafficking, corruption and violence in Central America by removing internal pressure for reform. Failure to sufficiently screen for medical conditions is spreading disease throughout the US.
Now Senator Shaheen is doing the unthinkable, using children as pawns in her desire to open the border and push for amnesty. But this fight isn't about children, it's about respecting the laws of our nation, protecting American jobs for American citizens, and securing our country from criminals and potential terrorists. According to Texas officials, between 2008 to 2012, 143,000 illegal immigrant criminals were arrested and jailed in Texas alone. Additionally, terrorists can and probably are using our porous border to illegally enter the United States.
- Utilizing technology, fencing, and personnel, secure the entire US-Mexico border.
- No amnestyTo sharply curb incentives for the surge in illegal border crossings by unaccompanied minors, amend the 2008 William Wilberforce Trafficking law so that refugees from non-contiguous Central American countries are treated as those from Mexico.
- In the interim, check citizenship status of ALL persons to whom minors might be placed in custody pending removal hearings required under 2008 law.
- We should care for the children while they are in our care, but they should be expeditiously returned to their home countries. Of the 57,000 unaccompanied children this year, only 1,340 have been returned.
Finally, some Republican lawmakers have been willing to negotiate, giving up amnesty in exchange for securing of the border. They ask us to trust in the government's ability to secure the border over the next decade in exchange for amnesty now. The government has proven over and over again, as it did when Ronald Reagan agreed to amnesty, that it will not deliver unless absolutely required by Congress to do so.
As your Senator, I will apply the pressure necessary to secure the border and enforce our laws.