The United States has a proud tradition of welcoming immigrants and refugees from war-torn and economically distressed parts of the world. I fully embrace that tradition, and I believe America’s generosity in this regard is what makes our country a beacon of freedom and hope for the world. That said, the federal government’s first and primary responsibility is the safety and security of the American people. It is important that the United States continue to be that beacon of hope and offer generosity to refugees, while also taking seriously our responsibility to implement and enforce national security and immigration policies that will keep the American people safe and prevent terrorists and other bad actors from exploiting that generosity for evil purposes.
- Consistently voted to fund the construction of a physical barrier at the Southern border. Including, voting in favor of appropriating the $5.7 billion for the southern border wall, which the President and the Department of Homeland Security requested.
- Cosponsored legislation to fix immigration loopholes and keep children safe prohibiting DHS from releasing a child into the custody of any person besides a parent or legal guardian and ensuring unaccompanied alien children can be quickly and safely returned home.
- Supported legislation in several Congress’ to eliminate the sizeable backlog of prospective immigrants seeking legal permanent residence status in the U.S.
- Strong advocate for and expanded and reformed guest worker program.
- Urged House and Senate leadership, as well as the Secretary of Homeland Security to increase the sufficient number of visas to meet the needs of H2-B employers.
More on Immigration
|2/26/19||Barr Stands for Increased Border Security|
|10/17/18||Congressman Barr, Chairman Michael McCaul Participate in Roundtable on Border Security|
|6/29/17||Barr Votes to Strengthen Public Safety|
|2/1/17||Barr Speaks on Supreme Court Nomination and Temporary Pause to Review Refugee Programs|
|1/12/16||Barr Responds to the State of the Union|
|3/3/15||Barr Votes Against Senate Amendment to Bypass Conference Committee|
|2/27/15||Barr Votes to Fund Homeland Security, Not Amnesty|
|1/22/15||Congressman Barr's Statement on the State of the Union|
|12/12/14||Barr Statement on Bill to Keep the Government Open|
|12/4/14||Barr Statement on Preventing Executive Overreach on Immigration Act|