WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, President Joe Biden announced three executive orders on immigration that will make America less safe and undermine national security. 

Patrice Onwuka, a Caribbean immigrant and naturalized citizen who is a senior policy analyst at Independent Women’s Forum, released the following statement:

“President Biden’s orders reward illegal immigration by incentivizing people to bypass America’s immigration system. While we sympathize with those who desire a new life in the U.S., as a sovereign nation, we must have strong, secure borders and control immigration.

“Illegal immigration undercuts wages for America’s low-wage earners and increases our labor supply even as millions of American workers remain unemployed by the pandemic. Getting Americans and legal immigrants back to work should be the priority. 

“As an immigrant and proud naturalized citizen, this administration’s efforts are a slap in the face. Most immigrants in America are here legally. They seek freedom, safety, and opportunity while offering important skills, labor, and contributions to our economy and culture. Illegal immigration attracts criminal enterprises to smuggle people, drugs, and weapons across our borders and inflict violence and crime upon American communities.   

“Americans want to fix our immigration laws so that we can continue to welcome people here legally, but altogether, President Biden’s efforts will weaken our system.”