We are primarily a nation of immigrants and descendents of immigrants, and immigrants have been a source of economic energy, innovation, and cultural diversity. They come here because of our vibrant democratic republic and free market system, where civil liberties are cherished and defended. It is vital to the health of the nation that we continue to provide a path to citizenship for many who want to come here.
Every nation requires borders as a defining characteristic, establishes laws for determining legal entry, and procedures for granting citizenship. The United States is no exception.
There is currently much dispute about what should be the nature of our borders, the fate of those who enter at points other than official ports of entry, and what should be done with those non-citizens who run afoul of the law. The Constitution clearly gives the Federal government power over the nature of our borders, and status of non-citizens. Many states and municipalities have passed sanctuary laws, specifying non-cooperation with Federal authorities. This Constitutional conflict threatens the safety of both citizens and non-citizens, and must be remedied. Our representatives in Congress must address our broken immigration system, so that sanctuary laws are repealed.