Question By: Ruth
Your Question: Do you believe that immigrants and refugees should be limited to come into our country to a certain number each year[s]?
Thanks for asking your question.
As you know, a state representative cannot vote on federal legislation, which controls immigration law. But, I understand why you asked. This topic is important.
Enforce the Current Laws
First off, I would prefer that the current federal laws be enforced.
Our current U.S. President does not enforce many of the immigration laws on the books. Perhaps, if a Republican is elected president, he or she would start enforcing ALL the laws, not just the ones he or she decides to enforce.
By the way, I believe the executive branch is not authorized in the U.S. Constitution to enforce only the laws he wants to enforce. His job is to enforce them impartially. It’s the legislative branch that makes or cancels laws.
Current federal law allows for permanent residency. I would not be in favor of withdrawing such laws, though I may be in favor of limiting who gets such residency.
To answer your question: Yes (for temporary residents). Though I am not an expert with immigration law, I think there are time limits already required (again, not enforced). I am also in support of limiting where immigrants come from and the skill sets they bring to America.
We shouldn’t be the welfare program for the world nor is immigrating to America a right. If you want to come here, you need to be able to contribute as soon as you arrive. Moreover, if a temporary (student, businessman or woman, etc) or permanent immigrant may pose a security or crime threat, they should not be allowed to come to America. That includes areas were terrorist or religious fanatics are bent on killing Americans.
Update – April 29, 2016: As I said, immigration is not a right. In fact, I believe we need to strengthen the American culture instead of diluting it with cultures that are in opposition to our laws and way of life. That is why I support immigration from areas where they are more like us than different than us – and I’m not talking about race. The terrorist attacks in France and Belgium make my point. Their immigration policy has created a society where newcomers don’t always want to melt into their new culture. In fact they are hostile to it and want to make it like the countries and regions they fled from.
Sanctuary Cities and Active Enforcement
As I stated in the opening paragraph, I support enforcing the current law. America should find those which overstay their visa (temporary residents) and returned them to their home country – just like 99 percent of all the countries on planet earth are doing.
Update – April 29, 2016: Enforcement should also includes fining those that hire illegal workers – which would in most instances solve the illegal immigration problem, since there would be no jobs available for people who cannot prove American citizenship. I also believe Federal funding should be removed from states and cities that actively disobey immigration law. But, since I’m running for the Idaho legislature, what should Idaho do? Currently, Idaho has no sanctuary cities (see Sanctuary Cities map), but if a city goes down this route, it will be time for a state law that prohibits such actions.
Anyone here illegally should be returned to their home country; and if they are repeat offenders, then they should go to jail. Once they serve their sentence, they should be deported.
I hope that answers your question.
Thanks for asking,
Idaho House of Reps (Dist 25)