Securing our national borders must be accomplished soon in order to
protect America's security. American politicians spend a great deal of
time and money on U.S. Customs, particularly relating to aviation
security, as a result of 9-11. I was a pilot for American Airlines
during this tragedy and saw first-hand what happens to our business and
our people when U.S. borders are left unprotected.
As your state representative, I will speak with federal House and Senate
members, pressing the issues of protecting our borders and stopping
illegal immigration. Only the U.S. Congress can pass legislation to
protect America and its borders.
I have witnessed through my business experience as a consultant for a
tool and die business the effect illegal immigration has on the cost of
doing business at a state level. State and federal governments have
placed the responsibility of identifying illegal immigrants on
businesses. This burden reduces profitability, lowers pay, and decreases
benefits for existing employees who are either American citizens or
It is also important to realize that once an illegal immigrant is issued
a driver's license, they not only have the ability to vote, but to
receive medical and social benefits; all courtesy of Michigan taxpayers.
The Michigan Secretary of State issues drivers’ licenses to anyone who
provides the required documents. However, Michigan is one of ten states
that do not conduct background checks to verify the documents are valid.
Illegal immigrant groups know it is easy to get a drivers’ license in
Michigan by using false documentation. In fact, other states advertise
to their illegal immigrant populations in newspapers, recommending they
come to Michigan to apply. As a result, we are one of four states that
received an “F” for fraudulent application checks in a study completed
after 9-11. The Secretary of State has the capability to verify the
documentation but has no mandate from the Governor or legislature to do
The Michigan Secretary of State should be mandated to verify
documentation, identify illegal immigrants, and to contact the
appropriate federal agencies to deport illegal immigrants. This would
significantly reduce business costs and allow taxpayer dollars to be
better spent on American citizens and legal immigrants.
It is time for Michigan legislators and the U.S. Congress to do the
right thing: protect Michigan business and employees from illegal
immigration. Together we can make this happen.