Good Fences Are a Good Start to a Bad Situation

Today the House passed a new, and more narrowly tailored, border security bill aimed at strengthening U.S. borders with fences. A virtual fence of cameras and sensors and a 700 mile barrier along the southwest border are a good start, but they are just a start. For the past month, while I have been traveling around my Ohio district, a highly-agricultural area which relies both on the rule of law and a migrant workforce, I have only positive reviews of my five guiding principles for immigration reform. My district stands behind reform and I think my five principles are a good approach to reform.


As we continue this debate, here are my Five Principles on Immigration Reform:


- Strengthen border security by increasing resources to federal and state authorities to strengthen border patrol efforts;


- Enforce our laws banning the hiring of illegal immigrants;


- Design a limited guest worker program to allow temporary workers to live in the country legally for a fixed, but limited period of time;


- Oppose amnesty for those who have broken our laws;


- Change the focus of legal immigration to make it easier for our country to accept legal immigrants with higher skills or education such as doctors and scientists.


More in Regulation

Ex-Marine lawmaker joins LGBT caucus

Read more »