We need stronger borders to help address the tide of drugs like heroin, meth and marijuana that are flowing across our borders, and into Indiana and the rest of the country. There is a broad consensus in Congress that our immigration system is broken and in desperate need of repair. I believe that we can come to an agreement that both strengthens our borders and reforms our immigration system while respecting the rule of law and our values as a nation of immigrants.
First, we must focus on securing all of our borders and ports, enforcing the immigration laws that already exist, and safeguarding our workforce through effective verification systems. It is essential that our immigration system be reflective of our national interests while keeping Americans safe.
Second, we must work together to reform our broken immigration system to ensure that it is efficient and just, and I look forward to a full debate about how we can achieve this goal.
Third, in discussions of immigration reform, we must not group legal immigrants in to the discussion of undocumented immigrants. Legal immigrants make huge contributions to our country and to Indiana in particular. It is unfair to people who invest the time, resources and effort to legally immigrate to the United States for us to afford the same benefits and opportunities to people who enter our country illegally. Illegal immigrants are part of our workforce and thus contributing to our communities as well, however those illegal immigrants who commit violent and drug-related crimes cannot be tolerated. They should be prioritized for deportation.
Lastly, DREAMERS, children who have not committed crimes and whose parents entered the country illegally, present a difficult issue for all of us. I am committed on working towards finding a compassionate resolution to their immigration status and that of their families.
I look forward to working with my colleagues on securing all of our borders and ports, enforcing the laws that are already on the books, and repairing our broken immigration system.
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President Donald Trump’s attempt to bypass Democratic congressional leaders to break open negotiations on the government shutdown fell flat as he failed to persuade any of the party’s rank-and-file members to attend a hastily arranged White House meeting Tuesday.
“Today, the president offered both Democrats and Republicans the chance to meet for lunch at the White House,” White House Secretary Sarah Sanders said. “Unfortunately, no Democrats will attend.”
During a White House lunch focused on ending the government shutdown with House Republicans Tuesday, President Trump remained committed to his demand for $5.7 billion for a wall on the southern border, while continuing to distance himself from declaring a national emergency in order to get it.
“The topic was brought up only once — not by the president — and we spent hardly any time on it,” Congresswoman Susan Brooks (R-Ind.), who attended the lunch, told Axios.
Rep. Susan Brooks says the current shutdown of the federal government could provide the opportunity for the nation to address border security. The partial government shutdown, which started Dec. 22, is now in its third week as President Donald Trump and congressional Democrats are unable to reach agreement on construction of a border wall.
President Trump delivered his first-ever prime time address from the Oval Office on Tuesday night to make his case for funding a southern border wall, while emphasizing what he called the "growing humanitarian and security crisis" of surging illegal immigration.
Republican Congresswoman Susan Brooks discussed the government shutdown with Gordon Deal.
CARMEL – Rep. Susan Brooks says the current shutdown of the federal government could provide the opportunity for the nation to address border security.
The partial government shutdown, which started Dec. 22, is now entering its third week as President Donald Trump and congressional Democrats are unable to reach agreement on construction of a border wall.
The deadline to reunite families separated under the Trump administration’s "zero tolerance" immigration policy was last week. But as of Friday, hundreds of kids reportedly remained in government custody.
WFYI’s Drew Daudelin sat down with U.S. Rep. Susan Brooks (R-Carmel) to ask what she knows about the situation, how she wants to fix it, and her recent trip to the U.S.-Mexico border.
INDIANAPOLIS - Rep. Susan Brooks (R-IN) appeared on this week's edition of IN Focus to discuss a number of issues in the news, including the Indiana impact of the President's tariffs, some good news for the economy, and the multiple controversies swirling around the White House which could threaten the Republican majorities in Congress in this year's midterm elections.
In the video above, Rep. Brooks is asked about her position on the tariffs and whether she still has confidence in the President.
U.S. Rep. Susan Brooks (R-Carmel) says her recent visit to the southern border was “eye-opening” and “overwhelming.”
Brooks visited immigration facilities that housed thousands of immigrant children.
She says she doesn’t support any immigration policy that separates parents from their children. Still, Brooks says she was encouraged by what she saw at border facilities where thousands of children are held.
“The agencies that I saw and the facilities that I saw were actually doing a remarkable job caring for these children,” Brooks says.
ANDERSON — A recent visit to the Mexican border along the Rio Grande River showed Rep. Susan Brooks that the number of children entering the country is overwhelming.
Brooks, R-5th District, was a part of a bipartisan delegation of the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee that visited the border on Monday.
She said the Office of Refugee Resettlement is caring for approximately 10,000 children.