America boasts one of the most generous legal immigration systems in the world. As we address the problem of illegal immigration, we must begin by enforcing the laws already in place. Border security should be our first priority, and our authorities must not reward individuals who break our laws.

In previous years, our immigration laws have too often been ignored, and some policies from the last administration actually encouraged local authorities to violate the rule of law. As a member of the House Judiciary Committee, I have stood on the front lines of these issues, advocating to strengthen our immigration laws, while reforming our current system to achieve its intended outcomes—a smart, fair system that protects Americans, promotes ingenuity and innovation, and upholds the rule of law.

I introduced the Tax Credit Accountability Act to prohibit illegal aliens from receiving the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) for years in which they file taxes or when they retroactively file taxes. The Obama Administration issued certain illegal aliens Social Security numbers and allowed them to receive the EITC benefit, even for years in which they had never filed taxes to begin with. This practice is unjust and unacceptable. It penalizes hardworking Americans and workers who reside in the U.S. legally, and my legislation would stop the practice decisively.

I have also worked alongside members of the Judiciary Committee to advance interior enforcement legislation such as the Davis-Oliver State and Local Law Enforcement Act. This legislation enhances national security measures and promotes better cooperation among state, local, and federal officials. It strengthens existing immigration statutes and prevents federal dollars from flowing to sanctuary cities that ignore the law and put Americans at risk.

As a member of the Rules Committee, I have also shepherded legislation to the House floor that would check criminal aliens and sanctuary cities. Kate’s Law and the No Sanctuary for Criminals Act passed the House with my help in 2017. Kate’s Law would enhance penalties for criminal aliens who re-enter America illegally. The No Sanctuary for Criminals Act would crack down on sanctuary cities by denying them certain federal funds while enabling local law enforcement to work with federal immigration officials more effectively.

I will continue to labor to restore the rule of law within our borders and enact smarter immigration policies that protect all Americans. 

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