Roskam: Secure border, then reform immigration
Starting in the late 1800s, large numbers of immigrants from all over the world were lured to the Chicago area for the tremendous opportunity for low- and high-skilled work in railroads, canals and heavy industry. Without immigrants, the place we call home would not be as economically developed, culturally rich and deeply diverse as it is today.
The Chicago area is a testament to how legal immigration helps enrich and strengthen the economy. But because of our country’s broken immigration system, we cannot take advantage of the enormous opportunity that legal immigration delivers. In Washington, I am working to fix the system. Here’s where I stand:
The first action we must take is to secure our border. One aspect of this deals with the hundreds of thousands of people who attempt to cross the U.S.-Mexico border every year, and in increasingly dangerous areas. Our open border incentivizes criminals to traffic humans, weapons and drugs into America. This seriously lucrative profession causes bloody turf wars in border towns like Ciudad Juarez between drug cartels to take control of the best smuggling routes into America. Not only do these fights involve brutal violence on the Mexican side of the border, the open routes give criminals easy access into the U.S., where many more innocent people and agents have been claimed victim.
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