Despite being thousands of miles away, ignoring the border crisis is not an option for Central Florida. The Pew Research Center found that in 2016 illegal immigrants made up 5.6% of Florida‘s labor force. Illegal Immigrants also sent $40 Billion out of our economy and back to their home countries in Latin America. Those figures reinforce the view that an unsecured border is not sustainable for our economy, our community and our country. We must act now to secure the border and support the President’s efforts of building the wall.
This has always been a country of laws and a beacon of hope for the rest of the world. No matter who you are or where you come from, the law applies to all of us equally. Illegal immigrants that seek a better life, yet ignore our laws, chip away at the values that attracted them to this country in the first place. We need to close the loopholes used by illegal immigrants to enter the country, while also making it easier to welcome those wishing to come legally.
Student Loans were created to help America stay ahead during the Space Race. The program meant to keep America ahead is now actually leaving our youth behind with piles of debt. Loan forgiveness is not the answer, but changes are necessary to ensure the program works in the best interest of those it was meant to benefit.
A lean and healthy government will produce a thriving economy. We need to control spending and eliminate our debt. We should not burden our children and future generations with paying for our current government programs.
Bill passage has become so complex that Congress members often vote without first reading the bill they are voting for. Laws should be written so that the average citizen can read and understand them. Requiring politicians to read a bill before they can vote on it will make the process more transparent and could eliminate special interest benefits hidden in our laws.
In 1959 we welcomed two US territories, Alaska and Hawai, into the union. We still have 5 island territories, including, Puerto Rico and US Virgin Islands, waiting for the same opportunity. Welcoming our territories into the union would make our country and those territories stronger.
Enacting gun control laws will result in more gun violence, not less. Criminals, by nature, will never respect laws and will use the fact that lawful citizens are unarmed to their advantage.
We are a union of 50 states with varying sizes in population. Replacing the Electoral College System with the National Popular Vote would swing power to a few of the most populous states. We need to protect the Electoral College System if we want candidates to focus on all voters throughout all states.
We need to make sure our military is ready at all times, but send our troops to battle only when the fight is absolutely necessary. The sacrifice that our servicemen and their families make for our country should not be in vain.
If our government is meant to be of the people and for the people, our elected officials should be funded by the people. Congressional candidates should only be allowed to obtain contributions from individuals within their own state and district. This change would enable average citizens to more effectively challenge incumbents.
Congress was not meant to be a career and our representatives should return to normal life to live under the laws they created for us. I am in favor of term limits, but I do not support an Article V convention which could be used to rewrite our constitution.
We must protect and defend those that cannot yet fight for themselves.
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