The federal government has failed when it comes to immigration. Our immigration system is broken and in desperate need of repair. My first priority for any immigration reform legislation is to make sure our borders are secure. In addition to protecting the border, we also need to reform the legal immigration process to produce a fair and efficient immigration agency that encourages respect for our laws so those who wish to come to the United States legally are able to do so in a timely and appropriate manner. A working immigration system would protect Americans from terrorists, criminals and drug dealers while letting law-abiding individuals come to the United States legally in a matter of weeks – not years or decades.
Additionally, Congress should pursue policies that help the United States compete and win the global battle for talent. Attracting and retaining highly-skilled, entrepreneurial individuals – especially those who we educate at American universities – will boost American innovation, propel economic growth, and create jobs for Americans.