AUSTIN – Today, the Texas Public Policy Foundation announced its support of President Trump’s proposal to secure the border and reform parts of America’s immigration system. The administration’s plan would not only ensure the safety and security of Americans, but also prioritize a merit-based immigration system that puts Americans and the country’s economic interests first.

“We applaud the courage of the administration to put forward the first real reform in over fifty years, emphasizing security and safety, as well as the needs of America’s dynamic economy,” said TPPF’s Executive Director Kevin Roberts. “Our system is badly broken and in need of immediate action. The president’s proposal puts America on a positive path addressing the most pressing problems of asylum abuse, drug and human trafficking, the growing humanitarian crisis, and a more efficient and quicker system of trade across the border. TPPF looks forward to helping enact these critical reforms.”

“The president has boldly challenged Congress to put aside partisan politics and do what’s right for the country,” said TPPF’s General Counsel Robert Henneke, who attended the President’s White House Rose Garden speech. “States like Texas that suffer disproportionally from our broken immigration system have been demanding for years that the federal government act to protect and defend the southern border. The president’s approach puts us closer to solving the critical security issues, while also helping our economy and American workers.”

“The shift to a merit-based system is a key component of promoting American interests first,” said TPPF’s Chief Operating Officer Greg Sindelar, who also attended the speech. “Despite a roaring economy and almost full employment, certain sectors and industries continue to have high-skilled workforce needs. The president’s proposal will help fill those gaps while improving wages and opportunities for all Americans.”