U.S. Representative

Dennis A. Ross

Proudly Serving Florida's 15th Congressional District

Immigration

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WHEN IT COMES TO IMMIGRATION REFORM, I BELIEVE IN THE FOLLOWING CORE PRINCIPLES -


The United States was founded by immigrants seeking a better life. No one, save descendants of Native Americans, can deny that their ancestors arrived in America from another land. Immigration has added diversity to America that has made us a better place. One need only read the names and see the faces of America's great entrepreneurs, scientists, business leaders, teachers, doctors, and clergy to see that the face of America is the face of the world.

WITH THOSE PRINCIPLES TO GUIDE ME, I SUPPORT -

Immigration reform that is:

  • Focused on earned citizenship
  • Enforcement and security centered
  • Focused on assimilating new Americans through English language training and civics and history understanding
  • Dedicated to a smooth guest worker program that rewards lawful behavior
To that end, we must:
  • Enact real visa reforms
  • Have a verifiable guest worker program
  • Empower and fund our local Sheriffs to enforce immigration law
  • Offer a time period for those illegally in the US to return to their homeland before a "no return" penalty begins
  • Enforce and defend the border
  • Require employers to use e-verify
  • Prohibit sanctuary cities and day-labor sites
  • Deny undocumented immigrants enrollment in state-licensed higher education institutions and financial aid (including in-state tuition)
  • Ban the use of foreign identification documents to establish identity or to obtain state identification cards unless accompanied by a U.S. document that demonstrates legal presence in the United States

 

I introduced H.R. 242, the Legal Agricultural Workforce Act. This bill will provide for a new type of visa, the W-visa, to allow non-U.S. citizens to legally participate in the agriculture economy of the United States while continuing to provide protections for American workers and taxpayers.

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