IMMIGRATION

Our immigration system is broken.  Between the porous borders, long waits for legal immigrants, and an ineffective system of verification for employers, the system is in dire need of an overhaul.

Patrick’s first priority is, and always will be, enforcing the laws currently on the books and improving border security.  Until we can stop the flood of illegal immigrants at the borders, there is no incentive for legal immigrants.  We also need to improve the process for those who have come here legally, so they are not stuck in an endless maze of bureaucracy.

Patrick will not support a massive comprehensive bill is a back door to amnesty.  However, there are commonsense reforms that can help those who are trying to come here legally, and assist businesses in need of high-skill workers.  He believes that the best solution is addressing these issues individually, in a bipartisan manner.