1) I would like to remark that this bill would do more in the fight against illegal immigration than a pointless, expensive wall ever would, since the vast majority of illegal immigration is through visa overstays. Unfortunately, addressing this issue correctly would require a sizeable increase in the bureaucracy that processes immigration and travel requests, not a hundred-mile battlement on our southern border, but the party against government would never vote to expand our bureucracy, even if it would help curb illegal immigration.
2) This bill is overkill. What is one of the first lessons we learn in high school paychology? If you want to change behavior, don’t punish bad behavior, reward good behavior. This is also why our criminal justice system has high incarceration and recidivism rates. We are so focused on punishing what we don’t like, we forget to take the necessary steps to implement preventative programs and maintain organizations built to stop those behaviors in the first place. The path to improving these things starts with restoration, not incarceration. It starts with a wiser governance, not a harsher one. It’s the difference between Andy Griffith, who knew how to run the town and deal reasonably with people and Barney Fife, who is a nervous wreck and would have eventually locked everyone up in that dinky two cell jail in Mayberry if Andy wasn’t there. Don’t be a Barney. Be an Andy. Vote no on this bill.