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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INDIANAPOLIS -- Indiana didn't have any major elections in 2017, so it was a quiet year in politics, right? Think again.
Here are the top stories in Indiana politics in 2017:
Jan. 29 - Rep. Susan Brooks doesn't support immigration executive order
When President Trump signed an executive order on immigration, barring citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States, it set off a firestorm of protests and backlash.
Hoosier community groups and businesses have a message for Indiana’s congressional delegation: find a solution for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Act or DACA. The program allows minors who came to the country illegally to get an education and receive work permits.
It expires March 6, 2018 and the Trump administration has tasked Congress with finding a permanent replacement. There are several pending bills in Congress, including the DREAM act, which would provide a path to citizenship for DACA recipients.
Nearly three dozen House Republicans asked House Speaker Paul Ryan Tuesday to pass legislation this year that creates a permanent legislative solution to the expiring Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
Representative Susan Brooks (R-IN) talked about efforts to combat sexual harassment on Capitol Hill.
INDIANAPOLIS - What approach does the President want to take on DACA, and how will it effect an already contentious political climate for congressional Republicans?
It's a vexing questions for many in the GOP, after President Trump met again with House minority leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer this past week, leading to confusion over whether a deal was imminent allowing "dreamers" to stay if more border security enhancements were put in place.
Rep. Brooks says DACA issue has to be addressed
ANDERSON – Madison County’s congressional delegation is in agreement that the nation’s immigration system needs to be reformed and at the same time address the issue of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Susan W. Brooks (R-IN05) issued the following statement on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program:
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – There are strong reactions across the nation today after the Trump administration announced its decision to end DACA, an Obama-era policy protecting undocumented immigrants who arrived in the U.S. as children.
Among those reacting to the termination of the program are local officials and businessmen. Below is a compilation of those statements.
Sen. Todd Young (R-Ind.)
ANDERSON — Rep. Susan Brooks said nothing that President Donald Trump has done in his first two weeks in office has been a surprise.
Brooks, a Republican who represents Indiana's 5th District, was at the Anderson Impact Center on Saturday for one of her regular “Connect with Your Congresswoman” event.
She said the executive order issued by President Donald Trump on immigration policies from seven Middle Eastern predominately Muslin nations, needs to be clarified.
Washington, D.C. – Rep. Susan W. Brooks (R-IN05) released the following statement today on the President’s executive order on immigration: