Many politicians today mean amnesty, open borders, and cheap sources of labor when they talk about “immigration reform”.  These politicians too often put the needs of non-citizens and corporations ahead of US citizens. Real immigration reform will put the needs of American citizens and the United States first and foremost.

Stelian Onufrei understands that immigrants have made America a truly powerful and diverse nation. An immigrant himself, Stelian Onufrei strongly believes that others should be able to pursue the American Dream; however, immigrants must come here legally. A nation without laws is not a nation. All immigrants must come here through the proper channels.

Real immigration reform will put Americans first and will put the American economy first. Any immigration plan must improve jobs, wages and security for all Americans. Stelian Onufrei supports these immigration policies:

1. Nationwide e-verify.

This simple measure will protect jobs for unemployed Americans.

2. Mandatory return of all criminal aliens.

All criminal aliens must be returned to their home counties, a process which can be aided by canceling any visas to foreign countries which will not accept their own criminals.

3. Detention—not catch-and-release.

Illegal aliens apprehended crossing the border must be detained until they are sent home, no more catch-and-release.

4. Enhanced penalties for overstaying a visa.

Millions of people come to the United States each year on temporary visas but often overstay their visa and refuse to leave. For too long there have been no consequences for this national security threat.

5. End welfare abuse.

Applicants for entry to the United States must certify that they are able to pay for their own housing, healthcare and various other needs before coming to U.S.

Stelian Onufrei for Congress