I want all citizens of the 51st District to feel certain their homes, neighborhoods, schools, and churches are safe…  and there’s nothing more important than the safety and well-being of our children. 

Recently, we’ve sadly seen the need to act more decisively on issues of public safety.  This is especially true because the 51st District includes the entire southern border of California, the U.S. border with Mexico. 

To stay safe, we must be strong in … 

    1. National Defense 
    2. Border Security and Immigration Laws
    3. Support for Local Law Enforcement 
  1. I KNOW National Defense.  

I devoted my 31-1/2 year career in the United States Marine Corps to the defense of our nation, our Constitution, and our people, in times of war and peace.

 I served four “combat deployments” out of a total ten deployments.

I earned the highest enlisted rank possible – Sergeant Major.  (Only 2% of enlisted Marines achieve this rank.)

I served for two years at Joint Task Force, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba (GTMO).

GTMO houses the most dangerous terrorists on the planet.  I’ve looked them in the eye and I’m not afraid to do everything needed to keep you, your family, and all the citizens of our District safe.

National Defense is at the core of my being.

I’ll fight for it.

  1. Border Security and Immigration Reform

Border security is critically important to the security of the United States.  

I have toured the border with Senior Border Patrol Agent Chris Harris, who has 24 years of service with the U.S. Border Patrol.  

We spent five hours viewing and discussing the dangers and solutions for securing our Border.   

Here’s what I saw and heard…

  • Acres of land where illegal aliens hide in river vegetation for many hours, waiting for our Border Patrol Agents to “change shifts,” so they can run and climb the low fence and enter the United States.
  • He showed me “Smuggler’s Alley,” where drugs have come into America. 
  • I spoke with heroes – Border Patrol Agents who keep watch alone for 8 to 9 hours a day to keep us safe.  They showed me what’s going on and shared their concerns.  

We need:  

  • The WALL.  “Good fences make good neighbors.” This is NOT a racial issue, as some may think. It’s a national security and public safety issue… at this time, our border allows terrorists, criminals, and drugs to enter the United States. 
  • End “catch and release.”  Instead, detain those attempting illegal entry and return illegal aliens to the country they came from. 
  • End “chain migration,” in which a single immigrant can bring in virtually unlimited numbers of extended relatives.  Instead, focus on immediate family by limiting sponsorships to spouses and minor children.
  • End the “visa lottery” and replace it with a merit-based immigration system – “one that admits people who are skilled, who want to work, who will contribute to our society, and who will love and respect our country” (President Trump).
  1. Support Local Law Enforcement

I recently encountered an older woman who asked me to stop and pray with her a moment.  She was deeply concerned, especially considering recent criminal acts which have led to the unexpected loss of innocent American lives.  We prayed.  Then she went on to tell me she did not feel safe in her own home after dark. 

Children are afraid to go to school, and parents are hesitant to let their children go to the park. 

That’s no way for Americans to live! 

Our local law enforcement officers are putting their lives on the line every day to keep us safe…  

We must support them in every way.

I’ll work to keep you safe!