There are approximately 11 million undocumented immigrants in the United States. This threatens national security and is bad for the economy.
Three years ago, the Senate passed the Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act (S. 744), a bipartisan comprehensive immigration reform bill. This bill would have provided a path to citizenship for many undocumented immigrants. It would also have doubled the number of border agents to 40,000, added 700 miles of fencing on the southern border and even expanded use of drones to patrol the border. No one liked the bill; many supported it. Jan Schneider agrees with both and would grudgingly support similar legislation in the House of Representatives.
Also on immigration, the recent one-sentence per curiam decision by the Supreme Court in United States v. Texas was disappointing. By a vote of 4-to- 4, the Court left standing an injunction against executive action by President Obama on the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) program. Combined with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), DAPA would have delayed deportation of close to half of the 11 million undocumented immigrants.
Finally, on an issue made highly controversial by Donald Trump, Jan opposes discrimination in immigration on the basis of religion. With particular reference to people fleeing the massacre in Syria, closing our country to them is not a way to keep us secure. To the contrary, the United States may be more likely to make more enemies by closing our country and turning our backs on such suffering. Of course, Homeland Security, the State Department, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC) must develop improved procedures for screening refugees so as not to pose a risk to the United States.