Travis Childers on Immigration

Last Updated : Sep 02, 2010

Official Website Statements



The influx of illegal immigrants into the U.S. is a threat to our national security. Before we even consider comprehensive immigration reform, more must be done to secure our borders from illegal immigration. I support increasing our number of border patrol agents, constructing additional fencing along the Southern border, and outlining a more transparent approach for employers who are looking to hire seasonal workers.

I have previously introduced and passed legislation in the House of Representatives to prevent the hiring of illegal immigrants and make sure that American taxpayer dollars go towards American wages (National Bridge and Reconstruction Act of 2008I have also worked directly with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to permanently station Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents in North Mississippi (August 2008).



Sponsored and Cosponsored Legislation

Session-111; Bill Number-H R 997; English Language Unity Act of 2009 - Cosponsor

Makes English the official language of the United States. Requires, subject to exceptions and rules of construction, that: (1) official functions of the United States be conducted in English; and (2) all naturalization ceremonies be conducted in English. Establishes a uniform English language rule for naturalization. Makes English language requirements and workplace policies, whether in the public or private sector, presumptively consistent with the laws of the United States.

Session-111; Bill Number-H R 3308; Secure America Through Verification and Enforcement Act of 2009 or SAVE Act of 2009 - Cosponsor

Sets forth border security and enforcement provisions, including provisions respecting: (1) increases in Border Patrol and investigative personnel; (2) recruitment of former military personnel; (3) use of Department of Defense (DOD) equipment; (4) infrastructure improvements; (5) aerial and other surveillance; (5) a national strategy to secure the borders; (6) accountable financing under the Secure Border Initiative; (7) emergency deployment of Border Patrol agents; and (8) expansion of the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism along the northern and southern borders.

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