Addressing Illegal Immigration

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by U.S. Congressman Adrian Smith

 

Illegal immigration is one of the many issues Congress needs to address. Not only are millions of people in our country without legal status, but there has been a surge of unaccompanied, undocumented children crossing our border this year. We are a nation of immigrants. Nearly every aspect of our nation, our culture and our economy has been shaped by those who immigrated here and their descendants. However, illegal immigration poses a risk to our national security, burdens our communities and threatens children who are often forced to cross an increasingly dangerous border alone. The President’s recent executive orders are not a solution to the problem of illegal immigration; in fact, they will likely make the problem worse. History has shown granting amnesty to millions of undocumented immigrants only encourages others to break our immigration laws.
 
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