WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Greg Walden (R-Hood River) has said that he doesn’t think shutting down federal agencies that have nothing to do with securing the border is the right move. However, he believes it is vital that the United States secure its borders.
“The president is right in the sense that we’ve got to do more to protect our borders and have a legal flow of immigration that can be managed effectively,” he said.
Walden says if the U.S. fails to control its borders, then it can’t control national security. However, he said there needs to be a functioning legal system for people who want to immigrate to the United States.
“Unless you’re Native American, we’re virtually all immigrants – at least our ancestors were,” he said. “We should embrace legal immigration. It’s good for our society.”
Walden was one of seven Republicans who voted with Democrats to fund departments that don’t deal with border control. He voted against a similar measure that would have funded the Department of Homeland Security, because he says that’s the agency that has the charge to secure the country’s borders.