The Trump Administration’s plan to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border is unnecessary and will do nothing to address our broken immigration system. We have to get serious about implementing comprehensive immigration reform which includes the following steps:
- Secure America’s borders. This includes enhancing barriers on our borders and ports and using new technologies;
- Enforce existing laws in the workplace. This requires cracking down on organized crime and human trafficking and penalizing employers who break the law by hiring undocumented workers;
- Streamline and modernize the visa process. This will modernize our legal immigration system to help both immigrants as well as American businesses; and
- Establish a legal path to citizenship. We need a fair and efficient path to citizenship for people who have not committed any crimes, are paying taxes, and are learning English.
We must also find a permanent solution for young undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children so they can remain here legally. I am strongly opposed to recent changes to the DACA program and I support several legislative proposals in Congress including the DREAM Act and the American Hope Act to provide certainty for these young people. Pursuing commonsense, comprehensive immigration reform will ensure we can continue to grow our economy and make America a place of opportunity for everyone.