Reply from Sen. Cory Gardner's Staff

Date: 2017-01-20 05:33 am (UTC)
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Dear Mr. Stone,

Thank you for contacting me regarding immigration. I appreciate you taking the time to write. It is an honor to serve you in the United States Senate and I hope you will continue to write with your thoughts and ideas on moving our country forward.

Since its founding, the United States has thrived as a nation of laws and opportunity, serving as a beacon of hope for many Americans' immigrant ancestors. This collection of immigrants and their descendants are what make the United States a great and successful country. Immigration continues to play a significant role in American politics and it is important that Congress examine all sides of the debate during discussions on this issue.

According to the Department of Homeland Security, there are approximately 11.5 million immigrants currently living in the United States without documentation. Policies adopted by the U.S. Congress to address immigration must balance the need to remain a nation that welcomes new individuals and ideas, while simultaneously remaining a nation of law. Our immigration system must be one that facilitates legal immigration instead of a broken process that discourages following the law.

An immigration solution must highlight the importance of securing our borders and ports. The recent rise of drug trafficking and the brutal crimes associated with it further demonstrates the need for border security. As such, I support policies that will strengthen our ability to effectively police our borders and decrease the level of illegal immigration. Stronger immigration enforcement, however, also requires vigilance within our borders. To this end, I remain a strong supporter of a workable E-Verify system that gives employers the assurance they are hiring workers legally residing in our country. I also believe that a guest-worker program should be a part of any border security proposal. Without a functioning guest-worker program, border security programs will fail.

While attention to security is warranted and good policy, it is also important to review our work visa programs to ensure they are not riddled with bureaucratic red tape. We must work to eliminate waste and inefficiencies at all levels of government, including the agencies with immigration policy oversight. A system that does not help legal temporary workers come to the United States merely encourages immigrants to circumvent the legal system. Reducing these burdens for businesses and employers who want temporary workers should be a focus in any common sense immigration proposal.

As we move forward with this debate, I firmly believe that any reforms should not penalize or disrespect those who achieved residency or citizenship legally, nor adversely affect those who have pending applications for visas or citizenship. As legislation comes to the floor in the 115th Congress, I will be sure to keep your concerns in mind.
Again, thank you for contacting me, and do not hesitate to do so again when an issue is important to you.

Cory Gardner
United States Senator
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