One of the most basic responsibilities of a nation state is to protect its borders.  For too long, Washington has neglected this responsibility.  It is far past time that the federal government act in a serious way to secure our borders.  As a result of this failure, the states must deal on a daily basis with the results of our porous border and the breakdown of our immigration enforcement system.  The result is a massive burden on taxpayers.  When it comes to immigration, it is essential that border security and proactive enforcement of existing immigration laws become our number one priority.  Common sense solutions designed to strengthen our commitment to legal immigration and our national security is what America needs now more than ever.  And when the states act to deal with pressing illegal immigration problems, the federal government should applaud these efforts rather than stand in the way.