The United States is a nation of immigrants. Whether coming from Norway, like my ancestors, Mexico, Korea or Iran, immigrants are all looking for the same thing: a good education and the opportunity to provide for their families. Immigration is a very complex issue, which is why I support comprehensive immigration reform.
As a country, we must resist zero tolerance, reunite families and remember the values of the United States. We need to replace deterrence with compassion, callousness with humanity and any talk of a border wall with more talk about the Statue of Liberty and the freedom she represents to people around the world.
The president has repeatedly threatened to veto immigration bills that don’t fund a border wall. I have long supported northern and southern border security; however, a wall between the United States and Mexico will do nothing to discourage people who enter the country legally but wind up overstaying visas. Instead of arguing over a wall, Congress and the administration need to work together for a better bipartisan solution on immigration.
The complex problems of the immigration system impact nearly every person in our country and every part of our economy. When families face the pain of separation, each person’s contributions are limited. Profits are lost when businesses cannot find employees with the right skills. Congress must address this challenge.