Illegal immigration imposes great burdens on our local, state and federal governments, which are already stretched to the limits of their budgets. Illegal aliens drive up their education, health care, and welfare costs.

Unless we secure our borders, it will be impossible to stop illegal immigration. We need to continue to add border patrol agents, inspectors and other resources.

In addition, we need to crack down on the hiring of illegal workers by providing a reliable system for employers to determine whether employees are legally eligible to work and increasing civil and criminal penalties for employers who knowingly hire illegal aliens. Preventing undocumented and illegal aliens from finding work will reduce their incentive to stay in the country.

"I am strongly opposed to any amnesty plan. I will continue to insist that any plan we debate must first deal with our broken borders."

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