Thank you for contacting me regarding comprehensive immigration
reform. No matter how anyone feels about this issue, we can all
agree the system we have is broken, and it needs to be fixed.
On June 27, the Senate passed the Border Security, Economic
Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act (S. 744). The
bill passed with bipartisan support; now it is up to the House to
Border security is a national priority, and under the bill, before
any undocumented persons are able to apply for legal status, the
Department of Homeland Security (DHS) must submit and implement a
plan to secure our borders. S. 744 makes securing our borders
a priority by giving DHS and local law enforcement the resources and
tools they need. It would increase the number of Border Patrol
agents and Customs and Border Protection officers, and invest in
cutting-edge surveillance technologies, including virtual fences and
unmanned aerial vehicles.
The path to citizenship laid out in S. 744 is a sound and reasonable
approach: anyone who is here must follow the rules, not have a
criminal record, pay taxes and penalties, learn English, and go to
the end of the line to have an opportunity to get a green card.
I will continue to work to strengthen our borders, and I remain
committed to much-needed, comprehensive immigration reform.
Please do not hesitate to contact me in the future, as your
communication helps me better serve you in the Senate.
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