Securing our Borders, Addressing a Broken Immigration System

A nation of immigrants, a nation of laws

Elise does not support amnesty of any kind for immigrants who have broken the law and entered the country illegally. The first step in fixing our broken immigration system must involve making our borders secure and ensuring law enforcement has the tools and resources they need to keep us safe. America is a nation of immigrants, but is also a nation of laws.

But our immigration system is currently broken and doing nothing amounts to de facto amnesty. The more than 11 million illegal immigrants currently living in the United States are doing so outside the law. On the other hand, immigrants trying to do so legally can wait more than 15 years in some cases to obtain legal citizenship. Our system penalizes those who follow the law and rewards those who do not.

The North Country has a unique understanding of immigration not only due to our proximity to the Canadian border, but also because of the needs of our local farmers and agriculture businesses, as well as students attending New York universities using student visas. Elise will work in Washington towards an immigration system that upholds the law and keeps Americans safe, while also encouraging economic growth in New York.

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