Congressman Roger Williams

Representing the 25th District of Texas

Immigration

Our nation’s immigration system is broken and in desperate need of reform. Any solution must have border security first, no amnesty, and reforms to our existing visa program. We are a nation of immigrants, but also a nation of laws.
 
Immigrants have made enormous contributions to our society. They have waited their turn, followed the law, and become citizens. However, tens of thousands of people have broken our laws, crossed our border illegally, overstayed a visa, and now demand special treatment. 
 
This year, our nation experienced a crisis at the border like we have never seen. Tens of thousands of people from Central America and Mexico – mostly unaccompanied minors – illegally crossed the southern U.S. border into Texas and other border states, flooding detention centers, pushing the U.S. Border Patrol beyond its limits, and placing a massive strain on Texas’ resources. Because of this swell of illegal border crossings, the apprehension rate at the Southwest border is 412% higher than this time last year!
 
President Obama continues enacting his pro-amnesty programs like DACA and the DREAM Act, and abusing past programs that were not intended for immigration purposes – like the 2008 TVRPA law originally intended to protect victims of trafficking, not illegal immigrants coming over on their own dime or will. President Obama should be stringently enforcing our laws and securing our border. Without true border security, we cannot even begin to address the other components of immigration reform. 

More on Immigration

Jun 29, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Roger Williams (R – Austin), today voted for the No Sanctuary for Criminals Act (H.R. 3003), and Kate’s Law (H.R. 3004), that are the beginning of Congress’ efforts to improve our nation’s immigration system.

Jun 24, 2016 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Roger Williams (R – Austin) today released the following statement after the Supreme Court of the United States on Thursday upheld a lower Texas federal court’s ruling against President Obama’s executive actions on immigration.  

Jan 22, 2016 Video

AUSTIN, TEXAS – Congressman Roger Williams (R-Texas) joined Fox 7 Austin this week to talk about the unaccompanied alien children (UACs) currently housed at Camp Arrowhead in Somervell County, why they must be reunited with their families in their native countries and how the U.S. can strengthen its border security.

“This administration has led these young people to believe that if they can just get to America or Texas soil they can become citizens, and that’s just not the case,” said Williams.

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Jan 21, 2016 Video

AUSTIN, TEXAS – Congressman Roger Williams (R-Texas) this morning joined Fox 7 Austin in studio to talk about the unaccompanied alien children (UACs) currently housed at Camp Arrowhead in Somervell County, why they must be reunited with their families in their native countries and how the U.S. can strengthen its border security.

“This administration has led these young people to believe that if they can just get to America or Texas soil they can become citizens, and that’s just not the case,” said Williams.

 

Jan 15, 2016 Column

This week, President Obama is going around the country to re-hash some of the themes from his State of the Union. I have a better idea: how about he start apologizing for the last seven years?

I’ve decided to help the president by highlighting some of the lowlights that he should address. I’ve also taken the liberty of assisting the president’s speech writers by putting this in a speech format for him:

Jan 12, 2016 Video

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Roger Williams (R-Texas) this evening delivered his response to President Barack Obama’s final State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress.

The text of the response is below:

Jan 7, 2016 In The News

HHS officials open gates of Somervell County camp housing refugee minors
 
SOMERVELL COUNTY, TX – Pinned above the doorway to Clegg No. 5 is a handwritten and crayon-colored sign that reads, “Jesus Christ is mi love.” The sign sits between coloring book pages depicting children’s television characters SpongeBob Square Pants and Tweety Bird.

Jan 6, 2016 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Roger Williams (R-Texas) today released the following statement after the Office of the Secretary of Defense notified Williams’ office that Fort Hood has “been determined to no longer be appropriate for use as a temporary shelter at this time.”

Jan 1, 2016 Column

I have always said that I believe the role of government is to defend the borders, build infrastructure, collect our taxes and then get out of the way. Under President Obama, we have witnessed an executive branch that refuses to enforce immigration law but has expanded government like never before while our roads and bridges crumble beneath us.