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.