As a sovereign nation, we must control and secure our borders. It is troubling that the levels of illegal immigration continue to rise and that the Rule of Law is not being enforced. I believe we only encourage illegal immigration by discussing amnesty for the 12-20 million illegal immigrants living in the United States today. I adamantly oppose amnesty, regardless of the guise under which it is presented. Amnesty pardons immigration lawbreakers and rewards them with the objective of their crime—citizenship. I believe we must tighten and strengthen our border control efforts. I have traveled to the southern border and have seen the unprotected areas that allow the free flow of illegal immigrants into our country. Allowing illegal immigration to flourish is a threat to our national security.
I have seen the fences being built on the border by U.S. Customs and Border Patrol. I have watched illegal immigrants scale these fences and easily move between the United States and Mexico. To address this, I have designed a concrete border wall proposal. I have 35 years of experience in the earth-moving, drainage and concrete construction business, which gives me the background to design an effective wall. My concrete wall would function as both a human and vehicle barrier, inspired by the success of the concrete wall in Israel. My design is cost efficient, easy to construct and impenetrable. This design would funnel illegal traffic to our ports of entry, where it can be reasonably controlled by our nation's customs and border patrol agents.
In addition to a physical deterrent, I believe we must shut off the job magnets that encourage illegal immigrants to come to the United States. I have authored New IDEA, the Illegal Deduction Elimination Act, which would protect American jobs for American workers. New IDEA would make wages and benefits paid to illegal immigrants nondeductible for federal tax purposes. This would eliminate the incentive of hiring illegal workers to employ cheap labor. New IDEA would also make E-Verify permanent and provide "safe harbor" for employers who use this employment eligibility system. My legislation would also create an information sharing system between the Internal Revenue Service, the Department of Homeland Security and the Social Security Administration. By using an automated system to verify employment authorization, and by sharing this information amongst three federal agencies, false identification documents and illegal workers will be identified more easily.
In addition to border security and workplace enforcement, our nation must eliminate needless incentives that encourage illegal immigration and cost taxpayers significant amounts of money each year. I do not believe it is in the best interest of our nation to continue tolerating the practice of illegal aliens giving birth to children in the U.S. in order to obtain citizenship for the child, then moving back to their country of origin with the hopes of achieving uninhibited access to our country for as many family members as possible. This is why I have introduced H.R. 140, the Birthright Citizenship Act of 2011, to limit birthright citizenship to a child born in the United States to at least one parent who is a U.S. citizen or national, a legal permanent resident living in the United States, or an individual who is serving on active duty status in the U.S. Armed Forces.
As the Vice-Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Immigration, I will continue to support an immigration policy designed to enhance the economic, social and cultural well-being of the United States. Immigrants have made, and will continue to make, a valuable contribution to our nation. Through assimilation, immigrants will benefit from our shared American culture of individual freedom, personal responsibility, and patriotism. A major component of assimilation is being proficient in English. For centuries, the English language has been the uniting force in this great nation. Studies continue to show that those who know English get better jobs, earn higher wages and are less dependent on the government. For these reasons, I have authored the English Language Unity Act to make English the official language of the United States government.
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Washington, D.C. – Congressman Steve King released the following video statement, right off the United States House Floor, after voting in favor of H.R. 240, the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act:
To watch Congressman King’s full remarks, click here.
Washington, DC – Congressman Steve King released the following statement after re-introducing two Constitutional Bills: H.R.140, the Birthright Citizenship Act of 2015 and H.J. Res 16, to repeal the 16th Amendment to the Constitution. Congressman King serves on the House Judiciary Committee’s Constitution and Civil Justice Subcommittee in the 114th Congress.
H.R. 140, the Birthright Citizenship Act of 2015:
Washington, D.C. - Congressman Steve King released the following statement after introducing his Defund Executive Amnesty Act. This bill will defund all executive amnesty created by our current, lawless administration.
This week, Members elected to the 114th Congress will rise, place their left hand on the Bible, raise their right hand and state,
“I do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I will take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion, and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God.”
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Steve King released the following video statement on the amendment he is offering to the House Rules Committee to the “CRomnibus” funding bill in the United States House. King’s amendment will fund all of the government until January 30 of next year but will prohibit any and all funds from being used to carry out the president’s lawless, unconstitutional executive amnesty in all its forms.
Washington, D.C. - Congressman Steve King released the following statement regarding the upcoming vote on continued funding of the federal government. House Leaders are preparing to move an omnibus spending bill that would provide funding for all departments of government except the Department of Homeland Security(DHS) which would be funded in a short term continuing resolution(CR).
Washington, D.C. - Congressman Steve King spoke on the House Floor today on H.R. 5759, “The Executive Amnesty Prevention Act,” also known as the Yoho Bill. King voted present on H.R. 5759. King supports Representative Ted Yoho but is determined to defund the lawless acts of this President.
To watch Congressman Steve King’s remarks, click here.
President Barack Obama was right when he said on May 10, 2011, "sometimes when I talk to immigration advocates, they wish I could just bypass Congress and change the law myself. But that’s not how a democracy works." And when he said, on March 28, 2011, "with respect to the notion that I can just suspend deportations through executive order, that’s just not the case, because there are laws on the books that Congress has passed."
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Steve King released the following statement in reaction to the leaked amnesty details this morning:
“This President has been floating the trial balloon on executive amnesty for a long time,” said King. “Today, new details surfaced that the President plans to attempt amnesty as early as next Friday, sending us into a Constitutional crisis.
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Steve King released the following statement after a recent email from the office of Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller advised county attorneys to disregard Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detainer orders and release suspected illegal immigrants from custody:
Attorney Supervisor, Corwin Ritchie, advised all county attorneys the below in an email on May 22, 2014: