America is a nation of immigrants, and the melting pot of the United States is the foundation of our identity. I believe this must always be a hallmark of our great nation however, our current system is broken.
Illegal immigration benefits no one: it is perilous for the immigrant forced into unimaginable danger on their journey. Tragically, approximately 31% of women and 17% of men are sexually assaulted along the journey, and roughly 68% of all migrants and refugees are victims of violence along the way.1 Illegal immigration jeopardizes the safety and well-being of Americans. According to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), 266,000 illegal aliens with criminal records were arrested by ICE officers over the last two years alone.2 Of those arrested, roughly 100,000 were charged or convicted of assault, 30,000 for sex crimes, and 4,000 were convicted of homicide.3
For decades, instead of solving problems politicians in Washington have discouraged meaningful discussion on the issue by lumping discussions on border security, legal immigration, and illegal immigration in to one big omnibus package preventing meaningful progress from being made on any part. By addressing each aspect of immigration policy individually, Washington can build varying coalitions and pass solutions and fix our broken system.