Arlington, VA – This week, Americans for Prosperity launched a new border security and visa reform policy framework with a kickoff reception for Members of Congress, media, and congressional staff at AFP’s Freedom Embassy on Capitol Hill. The event featured remarks from over a dozen Members of Congress and was headlined by former Chief Patrol Agent of U.S. Border Patrol in Yuma, Arizona, Chris Clem.
AFP’s newly launched policy framework, the ‘Four Pillars of Border Security and Visa Reform,’ outlines foundational policy principles to guide lawmakers deliberating solutions to address the crisis at the southern border and restore confidence in our nation’s immigration system. The framework identifies the following ‘Four Pillars’ of meaningful reform:
Secure Border and Ports: Essential for national security and are the first component of upholding the rule of law.
Increase American Competitiveness: China is racing to get ahead. We are in a fierce global competition for breakthroughs in artificial intelligence, semiconductors, and bioengineering. The United States must prioritize attracting the best minds from around the world to secure its leadership position and shape the ethical trajectory of these transformative technologies.
Clear and Predictable Rules: Our current immigration system, with its selectively enforced, confusing, and constantly changing regulations, incentivizes bad actors while penalizing law-abiding individuals. We must simplify these rules to create a system that benefits honest people while holding dangerous and unscrupulous individuals accountable.
Transparency, Accountability, and Due Process: We need regular reports from the Department of Homeland Security that are precise and easy to understand. It is equally important to prevent arbitrary decisions and violations of due process, which harm everyone’s confidence in the system.
The following Members gave remarks on the need to end the national security and humanitarian crisis at the southern border:
Juan Ciscomani (AZ-06)
John Rutherford (FL-05)
Kat Cammack (FL-03)
Rich McCormick (GA-06)
Mariannette Miller-Meeks (IA-01)
Jake LaTurner (KS-02)
Andy Harris (MD-01)
Lisa McClain (MI-09)
Eric Burlison (MO-07)
Ryan Zinke (MT-01)
Kelly Armstrong (ND-at large)
Don Bacon (NE-02)
Cliff Bentz (OR-02)
Chuck Fleischmann (TN-03)
Jodey Arrington (TX-19)
Beth Van Duyne (TX-24)
Monica De La Cruz (TX-15)
Dan Newhouse (WA-04)
Click HERE to read AFP’s ‘Four Pillars of Border Security and Visa Reform’ policy framework.