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Posted by Randy | June 13, 2014

For me, no amnesty means no amnesty.  Broad amnesty.  Narrow amnesty.  Amnesty for minors.  Military service as a path to amnesty.  It doesn't matter.  Entry into this country is a privilege, not a right.

Illegal immigrants are pouring across our borders. 60,000 unaccompanied children are expected to enter the country illegally this year alone, according to reports by Reuters, with that number likely doubling to 130,000 next year. Taxpayer dollars are being spent to house, feed, and care for these illegal immigrants. The more politicians in Washington entertain the idea of amnesty, the more enticing crossing our borders becomes.

It’s time for action.  We must:  

1.       End the conversation on amnesty.
2.       Secure the borders.
3.       Enforce our current laws. 

If you're not up-to-speed, here are some of the specifics of what I'm working on: opposing the release of criminal illegal immigrants, demanding deportation of illegal immigrant gang members, and opposing the Administration’s actions to selectively enforce our laws and defer deportation. I strongly support securing the border as our first priority, and I have opposed the closure of border patrol stations.  I believe we must empower states to protect citizens and combat illegal immigration, and I have supported legislation to verify employment.

Weigh in below -- I want you a part of this conversation.
You and I both know one truth: Securing our borders involves not just the ability to enforce our laws but the will to enforce our laws.  This Administration lacks that will.  It is up to us to hold their feet to the fire and to be unrelenting in our demand that they enforce the laws of this nation as the Constitution requires them to do.   
Posted by | June 12, 2014

Quick update: as reports continue to pour in about the influxes of thousands of undocumented children and families crossing our southern border, there are some questions that need to be answered: How long has the Administration known about this? What steps are they taking to address it?

I’m asking -- will keep you posted.

click here to read the letter I sent today to DHS Secretary Johnson, requesting these answers immediately.

Posted by | June 04, 2014
$2 billion.  That is the anticipated cost to American taxpayers for unaccompanied minors illegally crossing our borders in 2015, reports Reuters. The article says that an estimated 60,000 such children will pour into the United States this year, according to the Administration, up from about 6,000 in 2011. Once they are detained, funding will be required for the food, housing, and transportation of these illegal immigrants who are under the age of 18. 

This is an example of the consequences of talking about amnesty and failing to prioritize border security. And it is unacceptable. I will continue to prioritize the enforcement of our current immigration laws and the strengthening of border security. Citizenship is not a right, but a privilege.   

My position can be summed up in three simple words: No Amnesty. Period. Read more about where I stand, here.
Posted by Randy | May 16, 2014
The Center for Immigration Studies recently reported that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) released over 36,000 convicted criminals in deportation proceedings in Fiscal Year 2013 alone. Those released back into the public include individuals convicted of homicide, sexual assault, or drunk driving.

Last month, I joined House Judiciary Committee Chairman Goodlatte and other members of the Committee in sending a letter to Department of Homeland Security Secretary Johnson requesting the number of criminal illegal immigrants released into U.S. communities and the specific crimes they committed.  The letter also asks why they were released in the first place, and the legal justification for not prioritizing these individuals for detainment and removal.  To date, the Department has failed to respond to the letter.

I will continue working with my colleagues on the Judiciary Committee to hold the Administration accountable, keep our communities safe, and get the answers the American people deserve.

I have also introduced legislation to provide the Department of Homeland Security and the Attorney General with the power to deport or make inadmissible an individual who they know or have reason to believe is, or was, a member of a criminal gang and/or participated in criminal gang activities.
Posted by Randy | November 18, 2013
According to a report issued by the Treasury Inspector General for the Department of the Treasury, the IRS paid over $4 billion in child tax credits to illegal immigrants, through a refundable tax credit called the Additional Child Tax Credit (ACTC).

Claiming tax credits intended for law-abiding American taxpayers is not only wrong, but also, as the report states, serves as “an additional incentive...to enter, reside, and work in the United States without authorization.”

That’s why I support legislation to require tax filers to provide a valid Social Security number in order to claim tax credits, including the child tax credit, when filing their tax returns.  Simply put, it would prevent illegal immigrants from claiming $4 billion in tax credits, at the expense of American taxpayers.

Learn more about my work to enforce our current laws and protect American families and workers,here.
Posted by Randy | July 03, 2013
On October 4th of last year, as the debate over immigration reform was beginning, I asked you which proposals for reform you supported.  In response, collectively, 26.9 percent of you said you support stricter enforcement of existing laws and enhanced border security, while 1.5 percent said you are in favor of making it easier for illegal immigrants to obtain citizenship.

Last month, the Senate passed the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act, S.744, which creates a new registered provisional immigrant status, and attempts to condition such status on enhanced border security. After the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) notifies Congress that implementation of a comprehensive strategy for securing the southern border has begun, DHS may start processing applications for registered provisional immigrant status.  This status may not be adjusted, however, until further progress is made toward securing the border, including enhanced technology, fencing and additional agents on the border.  I do not support this approach.

Alternatively, the House Judiciary has taken a different approach, passing the Strengthen and Fortify Enforcement (SAFE) Act, H.R. 2278, which focuses solely on interior enforcement.  The bill provides states and localities with the ability to assist in the enforcement of federal immigration law.  Additionally, the bill makes it more difficult for illegal immigrants who are terrorists or pose a threat to national security to enter or remain in the country, and facilitates the removal of criminal illegal immigrants, including gang members.  Finally, the bill strengthens border security, and authorizes immigration enforcement agents and deportation officers to make arrests for immigration violations.  I supported this bill because I believe that enforcing our laws and strengthening our borders – without conditions - must be our first priority. 

Question of the week:  Which proposal for enforcing the law and enhancing border security do you support?

(  ) The Senate bill to tie a new path to citizenship to border security.
(  ) The House Judiciary bill to focus solely on enforcement and border security.
(  ) Neither. 
(  ) I don’t know.
(  ) Other. 

Take the instaPoll here.

Find the results of last week’s instaPoll here.
Posted by Randy | May 08, 2013

As Congress moves closer to considering immigration reform, an L.A. Times article discusses the different approaches the House and Senate are taking.  The House is planning to move individual bills; however, the Senate is poised to take up one large reform package. 

Which approach do you prefer? 

Posted by Randy | March 22, 2013

At the end of February, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced, ahead of the March 1st sequestration deadline, that over 2,000 illegal immigrants would be released from detention due to budget cuts. 

ICE later indicated that the detainees who had been released were non-criminals and other low risk offenders who do not have serious criminal histories that would subject them to mandatory detention.  However, 28% of those released have been charged with criminal offenses, some of which were aggravated felonies.

Further, some of the individuals released may be members of violent criminal gangs.  This week, when I had the opportunity to question John Morton, Director of ICE, about the decision, he could not confirm whether those released were members of violent criminal gangs or not.  Watch the video here.

The Budget Control Act, which set up the process of sequestration, was signed into law on August 2, 2011.  Since that time, ICE has had nearly 600 days to plan for spending cuts; however, they chose to release criminal, illegal immigrants just days before sequestration took effect.

Question of the week:  Was the decision by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to release illegal immigrants a valid means for reducing spending?

( ) Yes.
( ) No.
( ) I don’t know.
( ) ICE should have taken other measures to account for budgetary cuts (leave your comments below).

Take the Poll here.

Find the results of last week’s InstaPoll here

Posted by Randy | January 31, 2013
On Monday, a bipartisan group of eight Senators proposed a framework for comprehensive immigration reform. The proposal would provide a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants currently in the United States contingent on increased border security and work site verification systems that allow employers to check the status of their employees online.  Proponents of the plan argue that providing an amnesty process for the estimated 11 million illegal immigrants now living in the country is the only reasonable approach to handling the millions of individuals in our country, many of which are working and contributing to the community in which they live.  Opponents of the plan argue that legalizing those who are in the country illegally will costs taxpayers millions of dollars in increased government benefits, decrease jobs available for American workers, and encourage more illegal immigration. They further argue that the presence of millions of unauthorized residents is evidence of inadequacies in the legal immigration system, as well as failures to enforce immigration control policies and laws; factors that must be addressed in order to prevent future illegal immigration.  

President Obama, who has said he welcomes the Senators' proposal, released his own immigration reform plan, which is largely similar to the plan offered by the Senators.

Read more about Congressman Forbes' views on immigration here. 

Question of the week: Do you support the Senate plan for immigration reform?

( ) Yes
( ) No
( ) I don’t know
( ) Other

Take the Poll here.

Find the results of last week’s InstaPoll here.
Posted by Randy | October 04, 2012
This week, one Border Patrol agent was wounded and another was killed in Arizona near the Mexico border. According to news reports, the agents had been responding to a tripped ground sensor in a drug trafficking corridor. Arizona Governor Jan Brewer criticized “the federal failure and political stalemate that has left our border unsecured and our Border Patrol in harm’s way.”

In June, President Obama announced that his administration would grant temporary amnesty from deportation to young people brought into the U.S. illegally by their parents, if they met certain criteria. To qualify for the program, illegal immigrants must be under 31 years old and have come to the U.S. before they were 16. Applicants are required to show that they have lived here continuously since June 15, 2007, and be currently in school or have earned a high school diploma, or have been honorably discharged from the military. Additionally, they must pass a background check to show they do not have any significant criminal record or pose a threat to national security.

Additionally, in July, it was announced that the U.S. Customs and Border Protection is closing 9 border patrol stations in California, Montana, Idaho and Texas.  The stations were reportedly closed in order to reassign agents to higher-priority areas closer to the border. 

Opponents of these decisions have criticized the administration for thwarting Congress’ constitutional authority to enact laws regarding immigration, including whether taxpayers would be responsible for covering the cost of the deferred deportation program, how the Department of Homeland Security will prevent fraud and abuse in the process of verifying applications, and how officials would be able to continue border security and enforce federal immigration laws.

Question of the week:
 Which immigration reform proposals do you support? (Multi-Answer)

(  )  Stricter enforcement of existing laws combating illegal immigration
(  )  Enhanced border security
(  )  Focusing more resources on border states
(  )  Allowing states to enact immigration laws
(  )  Making it easier for illegal immigrants to obtain citizenship
(  )  Enhanced focus on deportation of illegal immigrants
(  )  Granting amnesty to the children of illegal immigrants
(  )  Ending birthright citizenship amnesty
(   ) Eliminating the per-country caps on employment-based green cards
(   ) Requiring all U.S. employers to use E-Verify
(   ) Providing green cards for foreign graduates of U.S. universities with advanced degrees in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics).
(   ) Decreasing the immigration application backlog
(   ) Easing the adoption process for foreign children adopted by U.S. citizens
(   ) Other (share your thoughts below)

Take the poll here.

Find out the results of last week’s instapoll here.