Immigration: Don't fix one illegal action with another

Like a giant billboard inviting would-be immigrants to break the law, American immigration policy has long incentivized the wrong behaviors. Our policy of making legal immigration long and painful while looking the other way on illegal immigration sends exactly the wrong message: law-abiding people should stay home. We only want lawbreakers here.

I voted against last week’s bill funding the Department of Homeland Security through September because the bill did not defund President Obama’s executive orders, which perpetuate and exacerbate the problem of misaligned incentives.


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