The primary role of a government is to provide for the security of its people. To do so, it is essential that we secure our borders and ports of entry, as well as enforce our immigration laws. We must be diligent in assuring that individuals who come into the United States do not pose a risk to our national security. For this reason, I have supported immigration reform that would prioritize border security and create a biometric entry-exit system to track visa overstays. We are a nation of immigrants, but we are also a nation of laws, and those laws must be respected and enforced. Our immigration system should reward those who play by the rules and come to America legally.
In addition to enforcing our immigration laws, we need to make sensible reforms to legal pathways of immigration, such as visas for supplemental, temporary workers. For example, H-2A visas provide an essential workforce for our agriculture industry and H-2B visas are important for South Dakota small businesses, especially during the busy tourist season.
|2/28/17||President Trump’s Speech Highlights Americans’ Priorities|
|7/8/16||National Security Must Be Our Top Priority|
|2/17/15||Thune Statement on Federal District Court's Ruling Against President Obama's Executive Overreach|
|11/20/14||Thune Statement on Obama Executive Action|
|8/3/14||Thune on NBC's "Meet the Press"|