Immigration, Border Security, and Law Enforcement
Stronger Border Security
Border security is an essential part of national security. Every member of Congress, Republican and Democrat, should take our responsibility seriously to protect our nation by ensuring that our borders are secure. When our borders are not sufficiently secure, or there’s no accountability for those who break our laws, it only encourages continued illegal immigration. A porous border leaves us susceptible to illegal entry by gang members, human traffickers, drug dealers, and weapons traffickers. I have seen the crisis on our southern border firsthand, and I support strong immigration enforcement policies and ending this humanitarian crisis that has overwhelmed our resources at the border. As part of the solution, we must invest in our border, stop asylum abuse, and crack down on the traffickers and cartels that prey on migrants.
Improving the Immigration System
In many ways, immigration has helped build this country. I strongly support making sure that the United States continues to offer a chance for individuals to achieve their dream of a better life and help them positively contribute to our nation. I also support temporary worker programs, like the H-2B visa program, which allows individuals from other countries to come to the United States for a limited time to work before returning to their home countries. This is a critical program that supplements our domestic workforce and enables South Dakota businesses, like those in the tourism industry, to handle peak seasonal demand.
Highlights of Senator Thune’s Commitment to:
|8/2/23||Thune, Ricketts, Hickenlooper Introduce Bill to Address Seasonal Labor Needs|
|5/11/23||Thune: Biden’s Border Crisis Turns Into Full-Blown Catastrophe|
|3/7/23||Thune Discusses Disastrous Situation at U.S. Southern Border|
|3/3/23||ICYMI: Thune Visits U.S. Southern Border|
|1/31/23||Thune: Security and Humanitarian Crisis at the Southern Border Cannot Be Ignored|
|6/8/22||Thune: Every State is a Border State|
|4/26/22||Thune Moves to Block Biden From Diverting Veterans Resources to Address Self-Inflicted Border Crisis|
|4/8/22||Biden’s Border Crisis Continues|