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Bob Lorinser supports border security with immigration reform and a path to citizenship. Problems at the border have been present for decades.

A successful immigration policy means increased economic growth and resolving labor issues. Legal immigration is a net benefit to government revenue, and it also helps the United States lead the world through compassion and empathy for others in need.

If the United States does indeed build a wall along its southern border and then monitors it effectively, it may succeed in curbing illegal immigration, but it will not end it. Walls cannot prevent people from overstaying their visas or being smuggled in another way. And if history is any precedent, undocumented workers may attempt to tunnel under the wall, go over it or breach it some other way.

As long as life in the United States offers potential migrants more opportunities and fewer perceived dangers than in their home countries, illegal immigration will likely persist.

A border wall merely provides the political space for addressing these more systemic problems. Many on the other side of the aisle consider it a worthwhile investment. That said, the proposed wall on the U.S.-Mexico border—like all previous walls—should be viewed as a means to an end rather than an end unto itself.

Bob Lorinser supports immigration based on the following principles:

  • The reunification of families

  • Admitting immigrants with valuable skills to the U.S. economy

  • Protecting refugees

  • Promoting diversity

Lorinser supports immigration responsive to the U.S.’s needs while improving and meeting most of those needs from within the country. He supports an asylum and refugee program that shows the United States cares for the unfortunate and demonstrates leadership in humanitarian aid to others. And, he supports a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants and other individuals long residing in the country.

The benefits of a successful immigration policy include:

  • Increased economic growth

  • Solves labor market problems: solves skilled job skills shortages; provides entrepreneurs and skilled workers who improve the way of life in the U.S. and worldwide; and by filling undesirable job vacancies.

  • Net benefit to government revenues

  • Enriches the multicultural society

A well-designed policy should mitigate potential consequences (potential fall in real wages; taking native workers’ jobs; overpopulation; social disharmony; and pressure on public services like health and education).

It is a win-win for all. Workers commonly temporarily migrate, send vital monies back home (remittances), and then return home highly skilled and experienced, boosting the status of their home country while encouraging members of their society to strive as they have done.

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