New Mexicans understand immigration. Long before immigration -- and immigrants themselves -- became pawns in a huge political game, we had learned to share a border with Mexico, welcome those who want to come here to work and make better lives for their families, and appreciate the tremendous contributions they make.
Having served as Governor of New Mexico, Gary Johnson knows the complex issues associated with immigration reform first hand. Solving immigration problems is not as easy as building a wall or militarizing OUR border with Mexico.
And separating parents from their children, and putting those children in detention centers is most certainly not a solution to anything.
Politicians who have for too long played on fear and demonized immigrants have rendered Congress incapable of common sense reforms. A straightforward system that allows immigrants to obtain work visas and move back and forth across the border efficiently will go a very long way toward reducing illegal entry and allow the government to focus resources on actual criminals and those who would do us harm.
Gary Johnson doesn’t want a Wall. He wants a common sense system that works.
Whether it’s trying to tell you who to love, or looking through your cell phone, the greatest threat to our civil liberties has become the government itself. That needs to be stopped by a renewed appreciation for what it means to be free.
Our Founding Fathers crafted the 4th Amendment, for example, to prevent the government from snooping into our private lives without a warrant.
Yet today, we have a government that spies on private communications, monitors our financial transactions, and even photographs our license plates -- all without legitimate warrants or due process of law.
Gary Johnson wants to get the government out of your personal life. Out of your cell phone. Out of your bedroom. And back into the business of protecting your freedoms, not threatening them.
Gary Johnson believes that people, not politicians, should make choices in their personal lives, as long as harm is not done to others.
Gary Johnson believes strongly that we have a solemn obligation to honor those who have fought for us, sacrificed for us, and put their lives on the line to defend our great nation. When it comes to fulfilling that obligation, there can be no equivocation.
Health care choices should rest with veterans themselves. While there are many dedicated, caring professionals working in VA facilities, much of the bureaucracy of the VA is more concerned with its own perpetuation than with providing veterans with the care they need. That must be corrected NOW.
From elder care to PTSD to the specific health challenges of women who have served in uniform, veterans have a wide range of urgent needs. For some, the VA medical system is the best or only option. That system must function efficiently, provide timely care, and meet the standards we would expect for our own family members. For those who need care from private physicians or hospitals, that option must be available.
Likewise, Gary Johnson understands the challenges faced by many veterans in their transition to civilian life and careers. The discipline and skills earned from military service are of tremendous value to many employers. It is part of our moral contract with those who have served to not only maintain the GI Bill, but to enhance public-private partnerships designed to match veterans’ skills with the career choices they wish to make.
Family support, counseling and other tools for helping veterans deal with their unique challenges are essential. Homelessness, substance abuse, and yes, suicide are all-too frequent among veterans as they re-enter civilian life – and our obligation to support those who have served does not end when they sign their discharge papers.