Our current immigration system is broken and in need of reform. I have two key principles on immigration. Number 1: Any discussion on immigration reform must start with border security. Until our borders are actually secure, I am not interested in talking about other reforms. Number 2: I remain firmly opposed to amnesty and would not support any immigration proposal that gives amnesty to those here illegally.
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Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-AL) spoke today during an Education and Labor Committee hearing Democrats called “Growing Up in Fear: How the Trump Administration’s Immigration Policies Are Harming Children.” After stumping the Democrat witnesses on the costs of illegal immigration to our schools, Congressman Byrne criticized the Democrats for attacking President Trump for enforcing immigration laws without asking about the cost of failing to enforce the law.
Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-AL) released the following statement announcing his visit to the U.S-Mexico border.
Decades of bad immigration policies have undermined our laws and led to the worst conditions at our border we’ve ever seen.
U.S. Border Patrol agents have apprehended a staggering 56,278 unaccompanied minors this fiscal year. The Department of Health & Human Services, tasked with housing the largest number of children in its history, had 13,200 minors in custody this month, and they warn they will soon run out of funding for the year.
Since Democrats took control of the House of Representatives, they have turned a blind eye to infanticide, promoted overregulation of American businesses, and sought socialist measures in the United States, oftentimes at the expense of the taxpayer.
They have also made it clear that they stand for open borders by ignoring the ongoing crisis at the southern border.
In the past five months, we have read story after story of illegal immigrants taking advantage of our weakened border and broken immigration system to commit horrendous, preventable crimes.
Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-AL) spoke today at a naturalization ceremony for fifty citizenship candidates at the USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park in Mobile. His prepared speech, titled “What Does It Mean To Be An American?”, is below.
Congressman Byrne said: “Let me begin by welcoming you all as new citizens of the United States of America. Whatever nationality you were when you woke this morning, from this point on you will wake up an American, able to enjoy all the blessings of liberty our great nation offers its citizens.
This week will mark one hundred days Democrats have held power in the House of Representatives in Washington.
I considered listing tangible Democrat achievements so far this Congress, but that would result in a blank page.
Instead, all Democrats have managed to do in fourteen weeks is obstruct what is best for the American people, pander to their far-left base, and, generally, nothing constructive.
Luckily, some in their own party are starting to realize that it is time to get to work and get things done for hardworking Americans.
There is an old expression that goes, “the worst day of fishing beats the best day of working.”
As an avid fisherman myself, I can certainly understand the feeling behind that saying.
But, sometimes, fishing is the worst thing to be doing, especially when there is important work to be done.
This past week, in the wake of the Mueller report finally being completed, Democrats hung the “Gone Fishin’” sign outside the Capitol.
Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-AL) issued the following statement in response to the vote held today to overturn President Trump’s veto of H.J.Res. 46.
Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-AL) today voted against a resolution that would prohibit President Donald Trump from declaring a national emergency at the southern border.
Congressman Byrne said: “Democrats are trying every trick in the book to stop President Trump from securing our southern border. It is very disappointing that Democrats are so committed to attacking our President that they are refusing to support commonsense border security measures, like building a wall.
Growing up, my parents taught me the basic values of fairness and following the rules. I think these values were common in households all across our state and country.
In today’s society, those two basic values need to be applied to the ongoing debate about illegal immigration.
In terms of fairness, we have people who are going through the legal process to enter our country, which takes time and effort, only to have people skip that entire process and just walk across our border illegally. That goes against the basic value of fairness.