I have long believed our nation needs strong laws and their proper enforcement in order to control the continual influx of illegal immigrants. For decades, the federal government has failed in its basic law enforcement obligations at our borders and in the nation's interior. The consequences of this inaction can be seen on a state and federal level throughout the country, including breakdowns in national security, significant financial costs, and a decline in respect for the Rule of Law.
We must send a strong, clear message that amnesty is not on the table and that illegal immigration will not be tolerated. As Congress continues to debate immigration legislation, I will remain unwavering in my support for provisions that strengthen our borders, tighten our immigration laws, and punish - not reward - illegal immigration. I will also continue to oppose any proposal that endorses, supports, or includes amnesty for illegal immigrants.