Throughout our nation’s history, legal immigrants have blessed the United States with talent, diversity and an expanding labor force that has been crucial in sustaining periods of robust economic growth. Restrained legal immigration is essential in maintaining our nation’s industrial capacity, technological edge and global competitiveness. However, illegal immigration puts tremendous strain on many of our nation’s resources, displaces American workers, threatens national security and makes a mockery out of our judicial system.
I believe immigration reform must, first and foremost, encompass a significant plan to secure and gain operational control of our borders, strengthen workplace enforcement and implement effective visa tracking capabilities. We must crack down on illegal immigration and enforce our current immigration laws, but until we enact measures to stop the flow of illegal immigrants across our borders, any reforms addressing the problem of illegals currently residing in the United States are impractical. Citizenship in this country is something to be valued, and I intend to fight to preserve that value.
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Washington, D.C. – Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) released the following statement regarding President Donald J. Trump’s Executive Order on “Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements”--
“Border security is a common sense proposal that Republicans have campaigned on for years, and it’s a solution that the American people demanded in this last election. It’s high time we kept our promise. I applaud President Trump for acting on his commitments and keeping the security of the American people a top priority.”
As President Barack Obama used his final address before the United Nations General Assembly to urge world leaders to help protect refugees, Republicans in Congress threatened to use their budget powers to restrict who is admitted into the U.S.
While refugee resettlement has enjoyed bipartisan support in Congress historically, some Republicans want confirmation from U.S. intelligence leaders that screening procedures are strong enough to warrant a major American commitment to accepting more refugees during a time of heightened terrorism fears.
Washington, D.C.— On Tuesday, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released a report indicating that more than 500,000 foreign travelers had overstayed their visas in 2015 and remained in the U.S. illegally. Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on Government Operations Mark Meadows (R-NC) released the following statement:
Washington, D.C.— On Tuesday evening, President Obama gave his 2015 State of the Union Address to a joint session of Congress. Congressman Mark Meadows (R-NC) released the following statement in response:
Less than two months after President Barack Obama unveiled an executive order aimed at protecting millions of undocumented immigrants from deportation, U.S. House Republicans passed a bill to roll the action back.
Conservative outside groups drove the government shutdown a year ago, but now many Republicans are brushing them off on key tax and spending bills — an incredible fall for groups that once ruled by fear.
Club for Growth, a major player in the standoff last year, marked a one-year tax break package for businesses as a “key vote,” meaning voting for it could factor into a lawmaker’s standing with the group. But it sailed through the House Wednesday easily.
The “Hell No” caucus is once again causing headaches for Republican leadership.
A cadre of the House’s most conservative members will meet Wednesday morning at the Capitol Hill Club for Rep. Steve King’s regular breakfast to discuss lame duck legislation. Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz, who often serves as a de facto spokesman for congressional hardliners, is expected to attend.
House Speaker John Boehner called together lawmakers on Tuesday to sell a two-part GOP strategy to counter President Barack Obama's immigration order, but conservatives do not appear to be buying it.
According to Politico, conservatives are meeting on Wednesday and are already expressing their dissatisfaction with the leadership's proposals.
For six years President Obama has failed to lead on any meaningful immigration reform. Now, following a sweeping Republican victory on Election Day and just over a month before a new Republican Senate majority will take over, President Obama has announced a blatantly unconstitutional move to grant amnesty to at least 5 million illegal immigrants by executive order.