As Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, I believe that when it comes to immigration policy, national security should be our main priority. This is why I am focused on a sound border enforcement plan.
I have held hearings to discuss the problem of our porous borders. During a hearing, "Checking Terrorism at the Border," Members heard that terrorists had defrauded America's border security and immigration system, including many since the 9/11 terrorist attacks. One of the witnesses, an individual experienced as a top security official in the immigration field, told Members in frank terms that top immigration officials aren't taking seriously their responsibility to counter terrorism.
In February 2011, during a trip to the US-Mexico border, I had the opportunity to witness the challenges facing our Customs personnel and the Border Patrol. I learned first-hand what resources and tools are necessary to improve operational control of the border. (To view photos from my trip, please click here.) laws.
It is imperative that we restore the integrity of our nation's borders, reestablish respect for our immigration laws, and keep America safe.