For my part, I oppose amnesty, support securing our borders and requiring businesses to use the E-Verify background check system.
I oppose granting amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants because it is unfair to those who have entered our country legally and an affront to the laws that we have established governing immigration and citizenship. This includes ensuring that illegal immigrants are not covered under any federal health care reform measure.
Instead of rewarding illegal behavior, we need to crack down on illegal immigration and secure the border. The American people support securing our borders first. Border security must be our highest priority.
To this end, I am proud to have voted for the new law providing $10.1 billion for Customs and Border Protection, including $800 million for Southwest border security fencing, infrastructure and technology, an $1.5 billion for identifying and removing from the United States criminal aliens once an immigration judge has ordered them deported.
Finally I strongly support requiring businesses to use the E-Verify background check system. By strengthening the E-Verify system employers would be less inclined to hire undocumented or illegal immigrants.
Rest assured as your Congressman in Washington, I will continue to reject amnesty, fight to secure our borders, and work toward a mandatory E-Verify background check system.
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WASHINGTON, D.C. --- Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) released the following statement after President Trump’s State of the Union Address:
WASHINGTON, D.C. --- Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) released the following statement after Senate Democrats decided to support government funding/Children’s Health Insurance Program legislation:
WASHINGTON, D.C. --- Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) issued the following statement after the Trump Administration's announcement to wind down the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program:
“Like many of my colleagues I agree that President Obama exceeded his Constitutional authority and disregarded existing law to implement his plan for undocumented immigrants.
WASHINGTON, D.C. --- Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) hailed passage of a package of bills this week through the U.S. House of Representatives that lays the groundwork for serious improvements to securing the Nation’s southwest border and vetting foreign travelers attempting the enter the United States.
WESTFIELD, N.J. --- Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) released the following statement after U.S. Senate Democrats blocked consideration of H.R. 4038, legislation that passed the U.S. House of Representatives with a bipartisan veto-proof majority. The bill would have temporarily paused the President’s refugee resettlement program and proposed reforms for a more effective vetting and monitoring process.