I support legal immigration for its benefits or our economy, society, and the immigrants themselves. The promise of a right to life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness should not be peculiar to people living within our borders. It should be a fundamental right for all men. I recognize that not all nations and people agree with that premise, but for those who do, and wish to participate in our Republic as hard-working, innovative, free citizens I hope we can accept as many as can be properly vetted and processed for citizenship.
I do not, however, support illegal immigration. People who violate our immigration laws, and come into our country illegally, should be deported back to their countries of citizenship regardless of how long they’ve been here. It is unfair to the millions patiently waiting to achieve U.S. citizenship to allow cheaters to skip ahead of them in line. I do not believe it is feasible or advisable to try to identify all the people here illegally and proactively deport them. However, if we mandate that employers use e-Verify to verify employees right to work then many of them will self-deport when they cannot legally find work.
I support the increased use of technology by Customs and Border Patrol to secure the border. I support border fencing as practical in urban areas but not for the full border as fences are ineffective in remote areas where they cannot be monitored.