The Insanity of a Failed Immigration Policy
A wise person once said, “the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, expecting a different result.” Well, if you look at the current approach of not enforcing our laws, not securing our borders, and ignoring the will of the people, it is nothing short of insanity. Unfortunately, this is the approach we have come to expect out of the Obama Administration and liberals in Washington.
Illegal immigration remains a pressing issue facing America today and one that I hear most when I’m traveling around the 6th District. It is estimated that over 11 million people are currently here illegally, and thousands more continue to enter our country each week. Our primary goal in any immigration plan should be to control and defend our borders. This is an important responsibility of the federal government and for too long, people in Washington have attempted to use the issue of illegal immigration to score political points, instead of fixing it.
It is time we take a different approach and begin actually addressing the issues we face when it comes to illegal immigration. That is why I have introduced the Secure America with Verification and Enforcement (SAVE) Act. My bill takes a three-pronged approach to combat illegal immigration through increased border security, improved interior enforcement, and mandatory worker verification.
The SAVE Act would increase the number of border patrol agents by 8,000 and secure the border with new infrastructure and technology. It would give employers a workable E-Verify system so that they have the tools they need to ensure they are hiring people here legally. Lastly, it would increase the number of Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents (ICE) and give local and state officials more training in dealing with the issue.
It is time to stop the insanity when it comes to our broken immigration enforcement and chart a new course to address the issue. The SAVE Act is the first step towards doing so.