One issue for which Brownback takes a lot of flak from his fellow Republicans is the issue of immigration. One really has to wonder why, though. Brownback understands as well as any of us do that immigration is the lifeblood of our economy and our heritage. He also understands the need to keep this country safe:
Border security is Senator Brownback’s top priority and has consistently voted to immediately secure the border. “One of the primary jobs of the United States government is to ensure the safety of the American people. In order to do so, we must secure our borders.” – U.S. Senator Sam Brownback
Keeping America safe doesn’t only happen at home, though. Those immigrants we let come in and work here under the new guest immigrant program will have only positive memories of this country to share with their family and friends back home. Those people, in turn, will love America, and will work for its benefit abroad. None of the terrorists plaguing our nation come from Latin America, and this is probably a key reason.
Not that I think we should start letting Saudis and Iraqis in, mind you. The insurgents could easily sneak terrorists in that way. We need to flatten the insurgency and its enablers first, before we can seriously consider letting the decent people come over. But for now, why are so many Republicans so upset about letting guest workers come in, perform a decent job for American businessmen at low cost rates, and then leaving? Those businessmen are only doing what’s right for their businesses. What’s good for American business is good for America.
Ilegal immigration is another matter. But Brownback is committed to stopping that. Here’s what he’s done about it so far:
Senator Brownback has voted to:
Double the number of border patrol agents over the next five years;
Increase detention space in order to end “catch-and-release”;
Build 700 miles of border fencing and 350 miles of vehicle barriers along the Southern border;
Fund 370 miles of triple-layered fencing and 461 miles of vehicle barriers along the nation’s southwest border;
Deploy cutting-edge technology including cameras, sensors, and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) to patrol the border for illegal border crossers ; and
Implement a tough, smart border security strategy in order to gain operational control of the border.[…]
Double the number of interior enforcement investigators over the next five years;
Increase cooperation with state and local authorities to enforce our immigration laws;
Implement an Electronic Employment Verification System that holds employers accountable for knowingly hiring unauthorized workers;
Prohibit employers convicted of knowingly hiring illegal immigrants from being eligible to receive government contracts; and
Allow the Department of Homeland Security and the Social Security Administration to share information helpful to law enforcement investigations against illegal immigrants.
Who can argue with any of that? It’s a plan that’s good for American business, which means it’s good for American workers. It’s going to keep us secure, letting in our friends legally while keeping the illegals and the terrorists out. When we give Brownback a chance to lead this country, I think we’ll all see the wisdom of that decision, particularly in the immigration arena. So come on out, and support Brownback!