What controls do you advocate for illegal immigration into the United States?
Open borders are a serious threat to our national security and require more than lip service. We must do all that is necessary to put an end to unwarranted border crossings and infiltration through the use of advanced technology and barriers along our border. I support legislation that requires employers to verify the legal status of their workers and prospective applicants, with additional tools given to employers for this effort.
Our first step should be to strengthen border enforcement to stop the unchecked flow of illegal immigrants into our country. This can be done by employing more border agents and utilizing new technologies. Additionally, some illegal immigrants must be deported, especially if they are involved in crime or present a security threat. However, our nation's immigration problems cannot be solved entirely by stronger enforcement.
We must address, in a humane manner, the issue of an estimated 11 million undocumented residents currently living in the United States. A mass deportation is not economically or logistically feasible. I favor crating an earned pathway, not an amnesty, that would allow undocumented immigrants a chance to earn legal status, if they learn English and our nation's history, pay a fine for entering the country illegally, submit to a security check, maintain a permanent job, and pay taxes.
We must work together in a bipartisan basis to find a positive and meaningful compromise that will provide accountability and protect our borders, punish employers who knowingly hire undocumented workers, address guest worker needs, and establish a more fair process for legalized entry.
How, if at all, should the U.S. government promote a shift from reliance on oil to other energy sources?
Our energy problem is in large part based on our reliance on foreign oil, much of which comes from unstable parts of the world. I support increasing domestic production of oil and natural gas and beginning a real transition to alternative, renewable fuels. I endorse market-based incentives for producers and consumers to move to renewable fuels and an expansion of renewable fuels infrastructure.
Continued instability in the Middle East, Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, and Wilma, high home heating costs last winter, and consistently high gasoline prices underscore the continued need to develop and implement energy policies that decrease our dependence on foreign oil and traditional fossil fuels. Doing so is a matter of national security.
To meet the energy challenges facing our nation, we need a comprehensive energy policy that increases our domestic energy supply, invests in alternative and renewable energy sources, improves energy efficiency, and invests in public transportation. I am a cosponsor of the Vehicle and Fuel Choices for American Security Act, which sets an aggressive goal of achieving oil savings of 2.5 million barrels of oil per day by 2015 and 5 million barrels by 2025. We owe it to future generations to achieve this goal, through this bill and other policies, because reducing energy consumption and our dependence on politically unstable nations is vital to our economy and our national security.