As the son of an Italian immigrant, Rick Santorum values the important role immigrants have played and continue to play in shaping our nation. One thing that makes America exceptional is that anyone from any part of the world can become an American by embracing our ideals and following our laws. Moving forward, America needs fair and robust immigration policy that will continue to protect Americans, reward lawful citizens, and help grow our economy. Rick Santorum believes that the key to a strong immigration policy begins with securing the American border. For America to grow and prosper, developing a strong immigration policy must become a priority. Unfortunately, President Obama has not only failed to reform America’s broken immigration system, he has also failed to secure the border against serious threats that imperil all Americans. His first visit to the border was two and a half years into his term; not exactly border first.
A multifaceted approach to border security will not only make America safer, but also save taxpayers more money during these difficult economic times. Securing the border first will put America in a better position to address the immigration system and illegal immigrants that currently live in America. While securing the border is not the only solution to immigration, it will serve as a starting point to fix the broken immigration system and clear the path for responsible reform.
The policies of the Obama administration have left us today with a serious problem: an exposed border and a nation vulnerable to drug cartels, violent criminals, and terrorists. Rick Santorum shares the views of Americans by and large that once the border is secure more immigration reforms can begin. This is not only a fairness issue but a national security issue as well. With countless threats facing America, securing the border is the first line of defense for America. President Obama needs to stop the political games on immigration and get to real solutions. That’s not what they’re doing in Washington on immigration. The U.S. Constitution explicitly gives this responsibility to the federal government. Instead of providing leadership, President Obama is an antagonist and a panderer, suing states struggling with the burden of illegal immigration rather than supporting them, and promising things he has not and will not deliver.
Rick Santorum believes that after we get serious about securing the border and earn the confidence of the American people, we need to streamline the legal immigration system, seek to attract the best educated and most entrepreneurial people from around the world, and create a workable guest worker program for farmers.