Principles

  • Border security is national security
  • Enforce our immigration laws
  • Immigration reform must include a strong employment verification system

San Diego is a thriving border region, and as such, we experience firsthand the realities of our broken immigration system. Security on the southern border must be improved, with personnel, solid barriers and walls where appropriate, and technology. Any immigration reform legislation must begin with securing the border, so we know who is entering and leaving our country. Currently, the nearly 2000 mile long border with Mexico has a total of 650 miles of fencing: 352 miles of pedestrian fencing, 299 miles of vehicle barrier fencing, and only 36 miles of double layered vehicle fencing.

The United States is also facing a significant increase in the number of family groups of illegal immigrants and of unaccompanied minors. This in itself provides particular difficulty to our front-line border agents in trying to properly process and care for these individuals while also being tasked with protecting our border. In order to address some concerns I have with cities and states that refuse to cooperate with federal law enforcement, I have cosponsored the No Funding for Sanctuary Cities Act, which ensures that local law enforcement that cooperates with federal officials and comply with immigration detainers are protected from being targeted by their city or state. The bill also limits taxpayer money from being paid to jurisdictions that do not comply with federal immigration law. I have also sponsored the No Funding for Sanctuary Campuses Act, which prevents federal funds being paid to colleges or universities that violate immigration law.

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