Sanford backs border security and immigration reform bill

Sanford backs border security and immigration reform bill
February 05 16:41 2018 Print This Article

Representative Mark Sanford told the group at the First Monday Republican Club at Easterby’s restaurant on Ashley River Rd. Monday that he plans to co-sponsor the Securing America’s Future Act (HR-4760), a border security and immigration reform measure. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), currently has 85 co-sponsors, including South Carolina Representatives Jeff Duncan, Ralph Norman and Tom Rice.

The bill authorizes expenditures for border barriers and additional border patrol personnel.  The Department of Homeland Security estimates that 700 miles of barriers are needed to secure our border with Mexico, at a cost of $18 Billion over 10 years.  A study by the American Federation for Immigration Reform (FAIR) indicated the illegal immigration costs local, state and federal governments a net of $116 Billion per year, not including the costs associated with drug trafficking.

There are also significant immigration reform measures included in the bill, including an end to chain migration (which allows  distant relatives of immigrants to enter the country), eliminating the diversity lottery program (which assigns immigration quotas to citizens from under-developed countries) and strengthens the E-Verify requirements for employers.  It would allow approximately 690,000 illegal aliens who entered the country as minors (commonly known as “dreamers”) to apply for renewable three-year work permits without a special pathway to citizenship.  President Donald Trump called on Congress to implement most of the measures in the bill in his recent State of the Union address.