At the core of the national character of the United States stand two principles: One, we are a nation of immigrants; within our borders every culture and ethnicity in the world is represented. Almost all who live here can easily trace their ancestry to a foreign country. Two, we are a peace-loving and law-abiding society. The United States, more than any other country, has a stable political and economic system because we respect the rule of law that maintains the peace and prosperity we enjoy.
I have consistently maintained that there is a real need for a rational immigration policy. As additional immigration proposals are considered in Congress, I will continue to press for an immigration policy that is built on several important principles:
Following terrorist attacks within the United States and overseas in recent years, I fully understand the urgency to enact a vigorous response to the growing threat of terror within our borders. National security and the safety of the American people must remain paramount in debating any immigration program reforms. Such needed improvements include increased scrutiny of those entering the United States and closer examination and vetting of individuals prior to arriving at our borders. Such measures, coupled with close cooperation between U.S. and foreign intelligence services will greatly increase the ability of law enforcement to stop terrorists’ ability to act.