Virtually all of us here today descend from immigrants to this country.  I’m unwavering in my view that we are the greatest country in the world. We need immigration but we need it done legally and with controls.  Millions came through Ellis Island where they were registered checked for diseases and provided the knowledge to help them take their first steps in this great land successfully.  What we need is an Ellis Island on the southern border.  We need it to be open and welcoming so people will end the human waves that are flooding across the border illegally. But we also need to make sure these efforts are successful by holding employers accountable for hiring those that have come illegally.  We also need to develop a path to allow those here now become citizens and will help contribute back to this country that has provided them with so much.

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