LaBoyteaux 2020 – Immigration

There have been a lot of deportations and there will continue to be deportations until we find a way to prevent people from overstaying their visas or entering the country illegally. However some actions currently being taken are exceedingly cruel. We should not be breaking up working families where some immediate family members are US citizens. People who were brought here as children (DACA) should be allowed to stay and become naturalized citizens.

I ask my fellow Americans to consider that some western states were part of Mexico once. Mexican-American culture is very strong in these places. It is similar to those of French or Cajun roots in Louisianna, Dutch-German people in Pennsylvania or Scandinavians in Minnesota. We are a nation descended from immigrants …. from all the lands on earth we come.

With regard to our southern border, I will pay close attention to the needs of the Border Patrol and to American citizens who live and work along the border. I believe our border officers prefer a strong fence to a solid wall so they may see what is happening on the other side. A fence by itself is not sufficient without regular patrols to guard it. In some areas desert conditions provide a natural deterant.

American agriculture depends on a seasonal labor force of “green card” workers, largely from Mexico.

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