I believe our immigration system is broken and in need of top-to-bottom reform. Our nation’s current laws are lacking in addressing today’s problems and we have an opportunity to find an American solution.
I support providing an earned path to citizenship for those who want it. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office and the bicameral Joint Committee on Taxation have previously estimated that comprehensive immigration reform could reduce deficits by close to $1 trillion over two decades. Such estimations are rooted in the notion that a legal work force will produce greater tax revenue through new income and payroll taxes.
Many undocumented immigrants were brought here as children by their parents, through no fault of their own, have been educated in our schools and know of no other country to call their own. Proposals like my ENLIST Act would allow Dreamers to enlist in the military and gain legal status. I'm also a co-sponsor of the RAC Act, the BRIDGE Act and the Dream Act.
Broader reform must also address the unique labor needs of agriculture – our state’s top economic driver.
I am committed to working across the aisle to find bipartisan solutions that ensure our national security and also fix our broken immigration system.