As the child of immigrants, I recognize that legal immigrants have always been important to America. However, porous borders and inefficient bureaucrats enable undocumented aliens to enter our country illegally and even legal temporary visa holders to overstay their visas. Illegal immigration undermines the American workforce and creates real national security risks for the United States.
Securing our border is the first step to ending illegal immigration into the United States, and can be accomplished through increasing and empowering our border patrol, using advanced technology, and building physical barriers where necessary. Maintaining a secure border also requires better tracking of immigrants’ visas to cut down on the number of visa overstays.
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On March 16th, President Joe Biden's Secretary of Homeland Security said "we are on pace to encounter more individuals on the southwest border than we have in the last 20 years." This crisis is no coincidence - it is a product of the disatrous Biden-Pelosi-Schumer open border amnesty agenda.
WASHINGTON, DC: Rep. Andy Harris, M.D. (MD-01) made the following statement regarding President Trump’s State of the Union Address this evening:
WASHINGTON, DC: Rep. Andy Harris, M.D. (MD-01) is leading an effort to urge the Administration to grant additional H-2B Visas. Rep. Harris organized a bipartisan letter signed by 151 Members of Congress and 38 Senators, requesting the release of 64,716 additional visas. These guest worker visas provide temporary, seasonal workers to employers who are unable to hire employees locally. The visas are utilized extensively by seafood processors and crab houses, among others, on the Eastern Shore.
Congressman Andy Harris, R-Md.-1st, answered questions and listened to his constituents’ comments at a Town Hall on Monday evening, Dec. 30 at the American Legion in Cambridge.
Among those top concerns, Second Amendment rights, school discipline and sanctuary county laws.
WASHINGTON -- Congressman Andy Harris (MD-01) made the following statement on a fiscally irresponsibe bill that offers Temporary Protected Status to Venezuelan Immigrants:
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The House of Representatives is considering a bill, H.R. 3401, that allegedly attempts to address the humanitarian crisis along the southern border of the United States.
WASHINGTON, DC: On Tuesday, June 11th, Congressman Andy Harris, M.D. (MD-01) cosponsored an amendment, which preserves the president’s ability to release more H-2B visas next year, passed by the Committee on Appropriations. The H-2B visa program is a crucial resource for the seafood industry, the tourism industry, and other seasonal employers across the First District and supports thousands of related jobs held by American citizens.
Rep. Harris made the following statement:
WASHINGTON, DC: On May 6th, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced the imminent finalization of the rule providing for the release of 30,000 additional H-2B visas for the summer season of Fiscal Year 2019. Congressman Andy Harris (MD-01) has spearheaded the effort to secure these extra visas both in the House of Representatives and in the Maryland delegation, and made the following statement supporting the DHS’ decision to increase the allotted amount of H-2B visas:
WASHINGTON, DC: Congressman Andy Harris, M.D. (MD-01) will join Vice President Mike Pence at the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Field Office in Baltimore, Maryland on Wednesday, May 1st. Rep. Harris will accompany Vice President Pence on a tour of the ICE Baltimore Field Office and meet with ICE employees.
WASHINGTON, DC: Congressman Andy Harris (MD-01) made the following statement regarding his support of President Trump on the vote to override the President’s veto of a bill that would block his declaration of a national emergency: