True national security means controlling our borders and effectively policing our interior to ensure that terrorists, drug smugglers, human traffickers, and other criminals are hunted down, prosecuted, and imprisoned or deported. The escalating violence that we see on the other side of our southern border must not be allowed to spread into our country!
Doing what we can to create physical and virtual barriers to entry is a critical infrastructure need. Making sure our border agents, customs officials, and local law enforcement have the resources they need is vital as well.
Enforcement First - On the issue of illegal immigration, I will never support any program which grants unilateral amnesty to those who have broken our laws. Solving our illegal immigration issue and the billions of dollars of costs associated with it starts by fully enforcing our laws. For those who wish to come to our country, they must do so by obeying our laws and complying with our system.
I fully recognize we need to improve the path to citizenship, just as we need to value the hard work of folks who become American citizens legally. Right now, however, it is important we focus on securing our borders, enforcing our laws, and targeting criminal illegal aliens who threaten our neighborhoods and safety.