“Our country is held together by a shared set of values and should be open to those who will commit to upholding them. Those values we hold dear include respect for the rule of law and protecting our nation from those who do not share that respect. We can work together to make sure that our nation of immigrants continues to be a welcoming place, even as we uphold our laws and ensure fairness for all Americans.” – Jay Webber
Secure Our Borders
The Federal Government has an obligation to undertake a core function of any sovereign nation– it must be able to exercise control over who crosses its borders. Any discussion of immigration policy must start with prioritizing border security, and establishing and enforcing a fully functioning system of immigration control. Physical barriers appear to make sense for some of the border, and where not practical, additional agents or technology should be deployed to secure the border.
End Sanctuary Cities
Sanctuary City policies must be stopped and we must support our federal immigration enforcement agents. Instructing local police officers to ignore federal law and refuse cooperation in capturing criminal aliens is a radical step that negates the will of the people as expressed through our nation’s elected representatives. It also allows for criminal illegal aliens to walk freely within our neighborhoods and put our families and Law Enforcement at risk.
We must also support the critically important work done by Immigration and Customs Enforcement as it works to combat gang violence, drug dealers, terrorist threats, and sex trafficking.
Our immigration policy must be reoriented toward skill and merit and away from random lotteries and extended “chain migration” that does not account for or contribute to our nation’s economic well-being.
Common Sense Solution For Dreamers
As part of a commitment to securing the border and enforcing our existing laws, we should find a reasonable path to legal status for those young men and women who are here illegally through no fault of their own and who consider America their home.
Emphasizing the Merits of Citizenship
During a recent family visit to Baltimore, my wife and I made sure to take our children to witness an official naturalization ceremony. It was truly a moving experience. Dozens of men and women, from dozens of countries across the globe, worked hard to learn about our laws, customs, and mores, and pledged their allegiance to the United States, not out of compulsion, but out of their own free will. And that is the magic of being an American: it is not a status reserved for only those lucky enough to have been born here; it is a privilege open to anyone who shares our values and commits to upholding them.
That is why the issue of immigration is so important – it goes right to the heart of who we are as a nation, and who we want to be. Our immigration system must be addressed right now, and any discussion of reform must keep the important ideals of citizenship at the forefront of the discussion.
Sanctuary Cities and the Rule of Law
One of the reasons American citizenship is so valued and admired is because we are a nation of laws. Our laws, grounded in a unique constitutional framework and enacted by duly elected representatives of the people, are an essential safeguard of our liberties. Those laws must be respected and enforced wisely and justly.
Sanctuary cities and states should be stopped, because such lawlessness involves local officials’ sabotaging federal law enforcement and shielding recidivist criminals from capture, adjudication, and justice. In New Jersey, we see Governor Murphy planning to turn all of New Jersey into a “Sanctuary State.” That is especially reckless, dangerous, and wrong. The Murphy Sanctuary State plan sabotages and thwarts the enforcement of our immigration law by the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency and represents a wrong to every legal immigrant and resident of New Jersey who respects the law. I oppose that plan, and any attempt to treat those here illegally better than United States citizens, such as giving financial aid for higher education or free legal services to those here illegally, because our nation must place a great value on the status of citizenship.
Border Security and Reform
The United States Government has an obligation to undertake a core function of any sovereign – it must be able to exercise control over who crosses its borders. Any discussion of immigration policy must start with prioritizing border security, and a fully functioning system of immigration control should be established and enforced. Our immigration policy also can be reoriented toward skill and merit and away from random lotteries and extended “chain migration” that does not account for or contribute to our nation’s economic well-being. As we address those issues, we can then also find a reasonable path to legal status for those young men and women who are here illegally through no fault of their own and who consider America their home – the so-called “Dreamers.”
“The radical activists supporting and backing Mikie Sherrill have seriously distorted the mission of ICE in the media over the past few weeks. I’m supporting Jay Webber because he understands the importance of ICE and a secure border.” –Mark Kelly, Former ICE Officer