I support legal immigration. I respect and welcome those who have followed the law and have made the United States their home. Our nation is stronger and more vibrant by virtue of a strong legal immigration system. The legal immigration system should be merit-based, giving applicants credit for such things as English fluency, having trade or technical skill, personal savings, and advanced degrees so these individuals may become assets to their communities and prosper in our country.
I strongly oppose illegal immigration and believe our immigration system needs significant reforms. Any long-term solution must include a physical barrier on our southern border, a mandatory and permanent E-Verify system to ensure employees are in the U.S. legally and hold employers accountable, and full enforcement of our immigration laws on the books. These goals are consistent with the recommendations of frontline law enforcement officers at the Department of Homeland Security who know best what is needed to fix our immigration system.
I support President Trump's past proposal to give Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) individuals legal status. However, I oppose giving these individuals a special pathway to citizenship. I support ending chain migration and the visa lottery program.