Immigration 2019--Let's Git'er Done!
God continues to bless America! We have so much to be thankful for!
I want to congratulate our new Texas lawmakers for the 116th Congress.
Last June, I asked our lawmakers to join President Trump in supporting the Border Security and the Immigration Reform Act of 2018. It represented the most sensible attempt at immigration reform in the 115th Congress.
This bill was not perfect, but it would have been a great step in fixing our nation’s broken immigration system. If passed, it would have provided sufficient resources to secure our border, addressed separation of families, and resolved the question about what to do with the 1.8 million "Dreamers" in a clearly constitutional way, unlike Obama's executive order.
I wonder if the GOP's failure to resolve the immigration issue was a factor in their loss of the House this month? One thing that I find interesting about the Texas races for the US House is that the only Republican Representatives who lost their reelection races to Democrats, Pete Sessions and John Culberson, voted against the Border Security and Immigration Reform act of 2018. On the other hand, every Texas US representative who voted in favor of the bill won their reelections. Is it really political suicide for the House GOP to support sensible immigration reform? The evidence suggests NO!
Regardless, we will now have a House controlled by Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats. We know they will spend a lot of time and money investigating the President. Will they be willing to work with him and Senate Republicans on a sensible immigration solution? I am hopeful that our lawmakers on both sides of the aisle will be willing to hammer out a resolution on this issue. No doubt, it will be a compromise with both sides falling short of what they want.
Here’s what sensible immigration policy reform should include:
Implement the most effective technology to adequately secure the border.
Create a method for the undocumented immigrants already here to earn legal status.
Issue positive IDs to those who qualify and pass criminal background checks.
Require those who earn work permits to work only for employers that deduct and match taxes.
No short cuts to citizenship.
This would not only increase our national security, but would also result in economic benefits for American citizen workers.
Please continue to contact your lawmakers and ask them to support sensible immigration reform.
May God continue to bless our great nation!