Of all the issues of the 2016 election, immigration had to be the most contentious. The 37th is a diverse district, many people have come here escaping violence and poverty to seek a better life, some under duress where a legal channel wasn’t available. And the Democrats took advantage of this, sinking to their lowest with smears and slanders about “sending people to camps” or “kicking out the foreigners”. None of that is going to happen, none of that was ever to happen.
What Trump, and myself, are talking about, is the need to reform an immigration plan that hasn’t been a plan. Rather than having proper legal channels for people to come in, we just let people come in under the radar and let them live in the shadows. This is not a long term strategy, unless you’re looking to get rid of borders entirely and let everyone just come in.
This is something I vehemently oppose, I took for granted everyone opposed this, and yet in 2017 we can no longer take this for granted. It really seems the new liberal plan is to scrap borders, scrap immigration law, and let anyone who wants to come into our country vote, get protections, get benefits.
What we need to do is find a way to bring people out of the shadows in a way that doesn’t mock our immigration laws. The bottom line is, it needs to be harder to come into our country illegally than legally.
That means there I have no problem with building a wall. My share of the US/Mexico border is San Diego / Tijuana, which already has quite a sturdy wall. You can’t even cross back to the US without a passport anymore. I assumed this was the case all along the border, but I guess it’s not. I also have no problem vetting people from dangerous areas.
I also don’t have a problem with deporting those who come here illegally and commit crimes. This is another issue the Democrats have slandered the GOP about. Nobody wants to find and deport people here illegally who are otherwise hard-working. We want to find a way to bring you out of the shadows. We want you to be safe. Together, we will find a way. We will not throw you under the bus.
But there are people who don’t fit this description. A lot of them. The ones who come here with no intention but to cause trouble – is those we want to go after.
And we want to reach a place where everyone who is here, is here legally.

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