Congress’ inability to complete immigration reform and border security measures this year is a colossal failure on the part of Washington.

We could have immediately passed a border security bill – we could be making progress right now to secure the borders. Instead we have a political food fight – intra-party squabbling and extreme disappointment. Unfortunately, my prediction has come true and another year has passed, hundreds of thousands of illegal crossings have occurred, and the "do everything" approach has done nothing.

Last fall, I set out to change the way Washington approached illegal immigration by introducing a bipartisan border security first bill that separates the issues and makes it possible to move forward on securing the border.

Border security is a national security imperative. We cannot allow the borders to remain open indefinitely and we must act to avoid failing for the eleventh year in a row to secure our border.