Immigration

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America is a proud nation of immigrants while simultaneously a nation under the rule of law. For very real economic and national security reasons, we cannot have people violating our immigration laws with impunity.
 
Our immigration system is in dire need of reform. My wife Lily is from South America and I remember sleeping overnight on the steps of the immigration office just so we could be at the front of the line to process all the necessary paperwork for her to stay in the U.S. legally. Under the status quo, the many barriers and hurdles to move to the United States legally are so constrictive that people are left with the option of paying exorbitant amounts to lawyers, waiting indefinite amounts of time in a lottery system, or entering the country illegally, which is unacceptable. As a matter of public safety and national security, it is critical that we secure the border with additional resources to keep us safe and reassess the processes by which people can move to the U.S. legally.
 
Reports concerning the treatment of separated children disturbed me and many of my colleagues on both sides of the aisle.  I have passed legislation to specifically address this. If passed, the bill would prohibit the separation of children from their parents while their immigration status is being adjudicated. The administration has made attempts to improve the situation of those that are being detained at the border but, this bill is still needed as a permanent legislative solution so this policy is not reinstated.
 
Lastly, it is important that we recognize the difficult situation faced by the thousands of individuals who were illegally brought into the country as children and who have built their entire lives in the United States. It would be unjust and extremely destabilizing to many communities to force them to return to a country they do not know. That is why I voted earlier this year on legislation that would provide a solution for these individuals to allow them to remain in the U.S., provided that they meet specific provisions. I am proud to work with my colleagues across the aisle to find better solutions to this problem.

Related Legislation and Actions: 

H.R. 6173
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