WHEN IT COMES TO IMMIGRATION REFORM, I BELIEVE IN THE FOLLOWING CORE PRINCIPLES -
Securing our border must be a top priority. It is the first incremental step in improving our immigration system and protecting our homeland.
Florida alone has the third largest population of illegal immigrants in the U.S.—nearly 900,000. We must put a halt to this ever increasing illegal entry, which is why I reintroduced my Finish the Fence Act. This legislation directs the Department of Homeland Security to complete the 700-mile fence along our Southwest border, which has been authorized for more than a decade.
Finally, we are a proud nation of immigrants. My great-grandparents emigrated from Hungary, and we are proud to continue many of the traditions they passed down to our family. Immigration in this country has blessed us with much diversity, and has made us a better place. However, we are also a nation of laws, and we should be focused on earned citizenship by putting a priority on those who have taken the appropriate legal steps to become a citizen, not those who have broken the law.