A government's first responsibility is to protect its people. President Trump put the American people first by building a wall on the southern border, and I support legislation that keeps construction efforts moving forward.
The Biden administration's failure to enforce the rule of law created a humanitarian and national security crisis at the southern border. I oppose legislation that advances misguided policies that incentivize illegal immigration like amnesty and open borders. The U.S. is a nation of immigrants and a nation of laws, so I champion policies that will reform our broken immigration system and support immigrants who come here the legal way.
The reason that so many people desire to immigrate to the United States is because we are a nation of laws established upon a strong Constitution that protects the freedom of speech, the freedom of religion, and the freedom to build a life through hard work on a level playing field. Without the rule of law, Americans lose these freedoms we hold dear, and America would become just like the countries where so many immigrants have fled from violence and persecution.
We need to remove loopholes in our immigration laws that encourage people to come here illegally. These loopholes support an evil empire of human trafficking where nearly one-third of young women illegally traveling to our southern border are sexually assaulted and 70 percent of all illegal immigrants are victims of violence. I have seen firsthand the devastation that human trafficking causes, and we have a moral duty to completely secure the border and stop incentivizing human trafficking.
We need to build the wall, secure our border, enforce our immigration laws, and send a strong message that if you want to come to the U.S., you must do so legally. The crisis at the border needs real solutions, not amnesty or phony tree planting initiatives like the Biden administration has recommended, which is why I introduced the No Amnesty Act and the Secure the Southern Border Act to restore President Trump's effective border security policies.
Our nation has always welcomed—and will continue to welcome—newcomers who embrace our values, assimilate into our society, pledge allegiance to our flag, and strive after the American dream. By supporting law and order in our immigration system, I am committed to ensuring that the dream continues.