Current leaders in Congress are not getting the job done to remedy America’s immigration challenges. Indeed, I am running for the U.S. Senate to address this exact issue.
Perhaps the most visible aspect of our national immigration controversy was the recent relocation of immigrants to Martha’s Vineyard by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis. This action resulted in a lawsuit.
As the legal process unfolds it is impossible to ignore the political success of this move. This was an illustration that — notwithstanding the liberal reaction to this as a crass action — it is a justifiable point that if elites on Martha’s Vineyard cannot handle a small number of uninvited migrants, then it would be fair to view border states as similarly situated.
We need bold border policy and clear priorities from Congress.
First, immigrants need a road to citizenship option. Border encounters are major statistical occurrences. There is no question that we need to look at the “road to citizenship” proposals. I would propose legislation that would clearly create a pathway for immigrants that conformed to clear deadlines and expectations.
Second, we should finish border wall. While this has been politically characterized in many ways, it is not unreasonable to insist that initial investments our government has made in borders should be completed. Creating and sustaining investments will also allow us to go back and measure what is working and what is not.
Hundreds of thousands of migrants are crossing into our country illegally every day, and our border has never been less secure. When the Biden Administration presented changes to the policies at our border soon after taking office, millions of migrants flooded our borders to take advantage of the liberal rules, entering and disappearing without a trace. Others have attempted to enter the U.S. with ill-intentions, engaging in criminal activity both along the border and in the border states.
Particularly, human trafficking has become one of the largest issues facing our border security, with men, women, and children being exploited and forced into labor against their will. Considered the modern form of slavery, human trafficking has become one of the world’s most lucrative businesses, bringing in an estimated $150 billion annually for evil predators according to a foreign policy source.
Lastly, we needed to evaluate to what extent the Biden Administration investments in south America and Mexico are impacting the issue. The idea is that investments made in Latin countries is going to keep them healthier and more stable and prevent illegal immigration. But is this happening? Do these investments perhaps simply embolden citizens to look at the U.S. as the land of milk and honey, and to pursue migration despite the current laws?
There needs to be research and analysis into the extent to which U.S. foreign aid impact migration trends.
I am proposing a framework of legislative concepts that can be introduced the first month of my election to Congress.