Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act, 2015by Representative Will Hurd
Posted on 2015-01-13
HURD of Texas. Mr. Chairman, I have taken an oath of office to
uphold our Constitution twice: the first time as an undercover officer
in the CIA and, just last week, I took that oath again as I was sworn
in as a Member of this body.
This bill is about upholding our Constitution and protecting it from executive overreach, but we can't forget that immigration and legal immigrants are an asset to our Nation, not a liability.
Everyone knows that our immigration system is broken and that executive action that incentivizes illegal immigration just makes it worse. We need a long-term solution that protects American workers and fosters economic growth.
Our Nation has, for many decades, benefited from the ``brain drain'' from other countries, and we need to make sure that continues. I also want our Nation to benefit from a ``hardworking drain,'' too. If you are going to be a productive member of our society, let's keep you here or get you here, but we must do it legally.
There is a long-term solution to our immigration problems. I am ready to work with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle and with the President to find it.