Get rid of the rewards and incentives to be here illegally
By the Numbers
86,288 - Number of criminal illegal immigrants released by the Obama Administration between 2013-2015
92% - The percentage of "credible fear" asylum cases granted by the Obama Administration in FY 2013
586% - Increase in the number of "credible fear" claims between 2007 and 2013
70 years - The length of time a skilled Indian national could wait for a visa if sponsored today for an employment-based immigrant visa in the 3rd preference (EB-3) – the most common category
325,000 - Increase in the number of unauthorized immigrants crossing the border since 2009 who are not from Mexico
H.R. 213 - The Fairness for High Skilled Immigrants Act (Original Sponsor): This bill would eliminate the per country cap for employment-based visas and adjusts the limitations on family visas without increasing the total number of available visas. We need to continue allowing highly skilled and educated immigrants to contribute to this country. This bill passed the House with 389 votes in the 113th Congress. It was introduced in the 114th Congress as H.R. 213, and received over 100 cosponsors. I am hopeful that it will have similar support in the 115th Congress.
H.R. 1153 - The Asylum Reform and Border Protection Act (Original Sponsor): This bill takes an important step in plugging a hole in our legal immigration system that has long been abused. By providing additional resources, including judges and attorneys to more quickly adjudicate asylum cases, we can more quickly assess the credibility of claims and reduce the wait times for those with legitimate asylum requests. As a result, unaccompanied children can more quickly reunite with their families. Furthermore, by strengthening the standards for “credible fear” claims, we will have the ability to more quickly identify those abusing the asylum program and provide a disincentive for others to follow their lead. This bill was introduced as HR 1153 in the 114th Congress.
H.R. 1147 - The Legal Workforce Act (cosponsor) E-Verify allows employers to electronically verify that newly-hired employees are legally authorized to work in the United States. This legislation expands the E-Verify system and makes it mandatory for all U.S. employers. This will protect American jobs for citizens and legal immigrants.