Immigration

One of the selling points of President Trump's campaign was immigration.  He loudly boasted that he was going to build a wall along our southern border and make Mexico pay for it.  What is your position on immigration?

I support strong borders and the utilization of technological and electronic systems to monitor borders and border access points. We must evaluate our current systems and their effectiveness comparative to the end goal, which is the safety and security of the citizens of America, the eradication of flows of illegal narcotics and other contraband via the southern or northern borders and assuring that we can effectively curtail the entry into our nation of those that seek to do Americans harm. 

The assessment should include a comprehensive review of manpower levels to determine how best to utilize those resources.  In addition we need to carefully assess whether any further adjustments should be made to the borders including east and west port access points.

I also support a pathway to citizenship for individuals who have been productive members of American society for 7 years or longer.

This is an overly used cliche but we really are a nation made up primarily of immigrants, with some notable exceptions.  That does not mean that we should not exercise every resource available to us to assure that those who are permitted to immigrate to our nation are interested in assimilating into the American way of life, becoming productive, tax paying, working citizens that daily contribute to the growth and success of our already great nation.

One final note for any who might ask, immigrants should be required to learn English as a condition of living in America.