The first priority of the Commander in Chief is to make our country safe. It is my top priority and I will continue to fight to make sure that as Ronald Reagan said, we have “peace through strength”.
The biggest national security risk facing our country today is being perpetrated by both Republicans and Democrats in Washington who have been cutting deals to make our borders less secure and allow the bad guys access to our country.
The terrorists in Paris utilized the refugee crisis as a means to penetrate European borders and ultimately commit acts of terror. One of the lessons we should learn from the tragedy is that we have to be very careful and very cautious, extraordinarily cautious, about our immigration policies.
I have always felt that liberal immigration policies and insecure borders put our country at very serious security risk. That is why I previously put forth the “Trust but Verify” amendment to Senator Rubio’s “Gang of 8” immigration bill. The policy I proposed would have increased the scrutiny of people coming into the country -- it is the type of legislation that we need to protect this country from people who seek to do us harm on our soil.
Unfortunately, Senator Rubio teamed up with liberal Senator Chuck Schumer to block all conservative amendments because they cut a deal on amnesty. It was a huge mistake - not only for the bill - but also for our national security. Simply put, Senator Rubio’s actions on amnesty should disqualify him from earning the support of conservatives within our party.
How can we trust him to stand for conservative principles if he sells out on amnesty to liberals in Congress?
How can we trust him on national security if he recently pushed for the refugees who caused the Paris tragedy to come to America?
The answer is we can’t trust Marco Rubio to stand up for conservative principles and we can’t trust him on immigration. The problem is, interventionists like Rubio have never met a war they didn’t want our sons and daughters to fight. He wants our children to fight on the frontlines in the Middle East, but is unwilling to do what it takes to protect our country here at home from bad people who want to use liberal immigration policies to penetrate our borders.
You and I both know, we can’t fix the refugee crisis by blocking all conservative amendments and throwing money into foreign countries. Rubio has it all wrong and we know exactly what it will get us; dangerous wars, more debt, porous borders, and less safety here at home.
I will continue to stand for policies that make us more safe and oppose insider deals that sell out conservative principles.