Joe Biden, Chris Pappas, and the Democrats in Washington have created a national security and humanitarian crisis on our Southern border. As your congressman, I’ll work to fix it.

Since President Biden took office in January of 2021, more than 9.2 million individuals have been encountered by the U.S. Border Patrol attempting to cross into the United States illegally. Those are just the ones we know of – countless more went undiscovered.

The crisis at the border is, first and foremost, a national security issue. The unsecured Southern border is an open invitation for those who wish to harm us. Since 2021, 357 individuals on the terrorist watch list have been apprehended trying to enter the United States. The 2024 fiscal year has seen a spike in Chinese nationals attempting to enter our country – 24,376 have been apprehended so far.

Open borders are fueling a humanitarian crisis in the United States. Every family in New Hampshire has been affected by the illegal drug trade, as Mexican cartels use the porous Southern border to transport the death, destruction, and misery of drug addiction into American communities. Human trafficking across the Southern border is a modern-day slave trade.

Illegal migrants have placed an unsustainable burden on our communities. The Biden Administration’s policy of transporting illegal migrants throughout the country has made every community a border community, and cities and towns have had to provide services that they didn’t budget for and taxpayers can’t afford.

When I am elected to serve you in Congress, my first priority will be to secure the border.

I will fight to complete the border wall, hire more Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents, and provide the U.S. Border Patrol with the high-tech equipment they need to do their jobs.

I will support a return to the successful “Remain in Mexico” program that required asylum seekers to apply at a U.S. consulate in Mexico and remain in Mexico until their claim was resolved. President Trump created this program; President Biden eliminated it with the stroke of a pen. It’s time for Congress to make it law.

I will end the catch-and-release policy for illegal migrants with pending immigration cases. Far too many have used this loophole to simply disappear and never show up for their court appearance.

I will support state efforts like those in Texas to stop illegal migrants. Our border states are on the front lines of an invasion. The federal government should be working with state governors, not against them.

I will end all amnesty policies, defund sanctuary cities, and end outright the practice of transporting illegal migrants throughout the United States and dropping them into communities that are unprepared for them.

I will support the deployment of military assets to secure the border against the violent drug cartels and human trafficking rings.

Our open border threatens our safety and security. It poisons our communities with the carnage of illegal drugs. It is the most important crisis we face as a nation. There are common-sense solutions that we know will work, but it will take political will and leadership to get the job done.

America is and always will be the shining city on the hill, and people from around the world will continue to seek to come here. However, we should demand that those who immigrate to America do so legally.