America as a sovereign nation has a right to secure its borders for the protection, health, and safety of its citizens. Three mothers and six children were brutality murdered by the Cartels October 2019 just 50 miles from our Arizona southern Border. Violence from Cartels is catastrophic in Mexico and according to the DEA Mexican drug cartels has extensive influence over broad swaths of the US setting up business in many cities. Mexican drug cartels make an estimated $20- $29 Billion a year on drug sales. Homeland Security reports that Cartels make $500 million every year on human-smuggling and millions more on sex trafficking. According to DEA in 2015, 140 people died every day from drug poisoning.
As a state senator, in 2010/2012 I served as Chairman of the Border Security and Federalism Committee, I learned firsthand the need for more security on our southern border and the need to build a wall. I support legal immigration. In 1980, I along with my extended family sponsored a Hmong family from Laos who were refugees from the Vietnam War. It was a rewarding experience to help this family assimilate into American society. I do not support those who ignore our laws and come here without doing so though the proper channels. It caused harm to our economic system and builds resentment among our citizens. I will continue to support President Trump and our congressional delegation in efforts to build a wall, and to reform our legal immigration system.