WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA), top Republican on the Homeland Security Subcommittee on Border Security, issued the following statement after President Trump’s remarks on overhauling America’s immigration system. Congressman Higgins joined President Trump and other members of Congress in the White House Rose Garden for the announcement.
“I’ve supported President Trump’s efforts to secure our border and fix America’s broken immigration system since day one. Congress must do its part to address this crisis. My Democratic colleagues cannot continue to avoid reality while the situation on our southern border deteriorates. Our laws must be revised to support law enforcement personnel and help them carry out their mission, and border infrastructure… now overwhelmed by the surge in illegal immigration… must be rebuilt to 21st century standards.”
“Further, I support President Trump’s merit-based reforms. Our legal immigration system should prioritize legal immigrants with skills and a plan to contribute to America’s economy. The lottery-based system must go.”