Arizona faces a serious illegal immigration problem. Our border with Mexico remains extremely porous. There aren't enough resources at the border to halt the flow of illegal crossings. In short, Arizona citizens are being put at risk due to the Federal government's complete lack of willingness to adhere to and enforce existing immigration laws.
Immigration is a national security issue first and foremost. Terrorists are openly attempting to acquire weapons of mass destruction to use against the United States of America. There is precious little standing between a terrorist and a trip across the border with a suitcase explosive device (or with plans to assist someone already within the country in assembling a similar device). Our borders must be secured and every illegal immigrant in the United States must be accounted for.
I remain committed to supporting immigration reform legislation that places border security -- and national security -- first and foremost. However, we must also realize that we are both a nation of immigrants and a nation formed on the rule of law. America has a great tradition of welcoming immigrants of all ethnicities, cultures, and backgrounds, though there have always been limitations on immigration and especially on achieving the desired status of American citizenship. Citizenship should be given only to those who treasure the United States and that means those who have upheld American law and the United States Constitution.
More on Immigration
Washington, D.C. – Today President Trump issued a statement (below) regarding the Executive Order concerning extreme vetting of immigrants from countries with terrorism ties. Congressman Trent Franks made the following statement in response to the President’s Executive Order and the ensuing hysteria from the Left:
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congressman Trent Franks released the following statement following House passage of Trade Promotion Authority (219-211):
WASHINGTON, D.C.- Congressman Trent Franks (AZ-08) released the following statement today after voting against passage of H.R. 83, the FY15 Continuing Resolution/Omnibus.
"Despite the past few months of negotiations between parties on the 'CROmnibus,' there were several provisions in the bill that made the overall package impossible for me to support.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Trent Franks (AZ-08) today introduced the National Border and Homeland Security Act in response to the growing crisis on our southern border.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Trent Franks, co-chair of the Congressional Caucus on Orphans and Vulnerable Children, released the following statement in response to the recent influx of children immigrating to the United States illegally due to Obama Administration policy changes, including the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.