Immigration - 1
We all know and realize that the United States is a nation of immigrants/migrants from all walks of life and from all over the world. The United States has presented the world the example in what it means to pursue your dreams, live life in liberty, and become whatever you choose to be in life. We are a nation of laws and we are a nation that believe in having a secure border with an efficient process to citizenship like every other nation in the world. My perspective on immigration is simple:
1.) Our borders should be just as secured as we secure our homes. I see national security and border protection on the equivalence at the micro scale and macro scale. National security is a bipartisan issue and the collective responsibility of the national government - not just one party or one part of government. Do you leave your doors and gates unlocked, unsecured, and your home unprotected with your family and possessions inside? Your answer should be the same answer for our national borders -NO!
2.) Asylum seekers need to understand what asylum seeking means and that should be clearly articulated to all that seek to flee war torn countries and relocate to a safer environment. It does not mean the United States is the first choice and their only choice. I will propose legislation that clearly defines what asylum is - which would be relegated to Mexico and Canada. Asylum seekers would need to have our State Department validate their claims and they will be permitted on a case-by-case basis to be in the country on a temporary basis - unless they immediately begin the citizenship process. People fleeing countries are not in imminent danger when they are passing through several countries and hundreds to thousands of miles to come to the US border. This needs to end now.
3.) Common sense citizenship processing mechanisms will be another legislative agenda for my tenure in Congress. I will propose legislation that will create a path to citizenship for children in the United States under the age of 16 and have been in the country longer than five years. Those who are older than 16 years of age and have been in the country 3 months or longer will have 90-days to register and begin a "no-fee" citizenship application from there, they will be required to provide proof of work or education, and pay a reduced cost for naturalization. Anyone who have violated these conditions will be subject to deportation, fines, and/or imprisonment.
4.) I will propose legislation to direct the Department of State to reform the Visa program in its totality.