State of North Carolina secondary Archives: on Immigration


Deborah Ross: Support the DREAM Act

Q: On Immigration: Should America's 11 million undocumented residents have an earned path to citizenship?

Burr: No

Ross: Yes

Q: On Immigration: Support the DREAM Act, which would allow children brought into the country illegally to achieve legal status if they meet certain conditions? (Need to have graduated from high school, have a clean legal record, and attend college or serve in the military.)

Burr: No. Considers Obama's Executive Order to be overreach.

Ross: Yes

Source: CampusElect Voter Guide to 2016 North Carolina Senate race Oct 9, 2016

Chris Rey: Support giving illegal immigrants a path to citizenship

The four Democratic candidates for US Senate in North Carolina disagree on what to do about immigrants who are in the country unlawfully. Deborah Ross of Raleigh and Chris Rey of Spring Lake said at a Thursday evening televised debate they would support legislation that would give these immigrants a path to citizenship.
Source: WWAY-TV-3 on 2016 North Carolina Senate race Feb 25, 2016

Deborah Ross: Support giving illegal immigrants a path to citizenship

The four Democratic candidates for US Senate in North Carolina disagree on what to do about immigrants who are in the country unlawfully. Deborah Ross of Raleigh and Chris Rey of Spring Lake said at a Thursday evening televised debate they would support legislation that would give these immigrants a path to citizenship.
Source: WWAY-TV-3 on 2016 North Carolina Senate race Feb 25, 2016

Roy Cooper: Supports "pause" in Syrian refugee immigration to NC

Roy Cooper is facing criticism for saying he wants to "pause" Syrian refugees coming to North Carolina. "I support asking the federal government to pause refugee entries to make sure we have the most effective screening process possible so our humanitarian efforts are not hijacked. At the same time, we must not let political fear-mongering on this issue divert our attention and resources from stopping terrorists who may already be here or who are trying to get into our country in other ways."
Source: News-Observer on 2016 North Carolina gubernatorial race Nov 19, 2015

Mark Walker: Opposed to all forms of amnesty; close porous borders

Mark is opposed to all forms of immigration amnesty. The immigration system is broken, and we must fix it. Our first priority must be to secure our porous borders; without secure borders, reforms will have no effect.

Once we have made progress on border security, we can implement reforms to guest worker programs and the current citizenship process to ensure that those who are patiently waiting in line and following the law are able to enter legally and serve as productive members of our society.

Source: 2014 North Carolina House campaign website, WalkerForNC.com Oct 10, 2014

Mark Walker: Protect the border and prevent illegal entry

Q: Government should enforce laws designed to protect the border and to prevent illegal entry of persons into the country?

WALKER: Strongly Agree

Source: Faith2Action iVoterGuide on 2014 North Carolina House race Sep 30, 2014

Thom Tillis: Protect the borders; prevent illegal entry

Question topic: Government should enforce laws designed to protect the border and to prevent illegal entry of persons into the country.

Tillis: Strongly Agree

Source: Faith2Action iVoterGuide on 2014 North Carolina Senate race Sep 30, 2014

Thom Tillis: Amnesty shouldn't be on the table

Standing alongside Jeb Bush, Tillis gently put distance between himself and his guest of honor, on the issue of immigration: "You have to make it clear that amnesty shouldn't be on the table," Tillis said, referring to how to address those immigrants currently in the country illegally. "That doesn't negate any opportunity to provide some with legal status and other things, but you only do that after you seal the borders and you make the problem no longer grow."

Jeb Bush supports a pathway to citizenship for unauthorized immigrants and complained that not addressing the immigration system had "done us harm economically." He said, "If it was framed in that way, I don't think there's a big debate in the Republican Party about the need to do this."

But an easy resolution is not likely in his party. After a reporter noted that Bush's immigration stance was more "conciliatory," the former governor chuckled and the Republicans in the audience let out a brief, nervous laugh.

Source: N.Y. Times on 2014 North Carolina Senate debate Sep 24, 2014

Kay Hagan: Inaction is not an option; comprehensive reform is best

On immigration, Tillis knocked the "bipartisan failure" to secure the border, and he criticized the president for considering executive actions to slow deportations.

On that count, Hagan agreed, saying the president "should not take" action to ease deportations. But she also defended her vote in favor of the comprehensive immigration bill that passed the Senate last June, noting its variety of Republican co-sponsors and saying it would throw considerably more resources at border security. "Inaction is not an option," she said. "Speaker Tillis has no plan to solve our immigration system."

Source: CBS News on 2014 North Carolina Senate debate Sep 3, 2014

Thom Tillis: Bipartian failure to secure the border

On immigration, Tillis knocked the "bipartisan failure" to secure the border, and he criticized the president for considering executive actions to slow deportations.

On that count, Hagan agreed, saying the president "should not take" action to ease deportations. But she also defended her vote in favor of the comprehensive immigration bill that passed the Senate last June, noting its variety of Republican co-sponsors and saying it would throw considerably more resources at border security. "Inaction is not an option," she said. "Speaker Tillis has no plan to solve our immigration system."

Source: CBS News on 2014 North Carolina Senate debate Sep 3, 2014

Sean Haugh: Free movement across borders instead of curbs on immigration

In the first ever US Senate Libertarian candidates forum, Sean Haugh outlined several areas where his views contrasted with those of his opponent, Tim D'Annunzio, including:
Source: 2014 North Carolina Senate campaign website, SeanHaugh.com Jul 2, 2014

Sean Haugh: I believe in open borders

D'Annunzio said it is impractical to think all illegals can be deported, but "I don't believe in amnesty." He supports building a border fence and enforcing laws already on the books.

"I believe in open borders," Haugh said. "You should be able to have the right to travel. You should have the right to seek to improve your life." Some people still come here to seek the American Dream, he said. "I think there are very, very few reasons why we should restrict free travel across our border."

Source: Carolina Journal on 2014 North Carolina Senate debate Apr 8, 2014

Richard Hudson: End "birth right citizenship"

Q: Do you support allowing illegal immigrants, who were brought to the United States as minors, to pursue citizenship without returning to their country of origin?

A: No.

Q: Do you support the enforcement of federal immigration law by state and local police?

A: Yes. We have got to secure the border and stop the flow of illegal immigrants. Then we need to reform the legal immigration system so it is easier to come here legally than illegally. We need to reform our visa system so that we issue visas based on employer needs, not based on a lottery. We also need to end "birth right citizenship." Once we achieve these reforms, then we can consider what to do with illegal immigrants who are already here. They should never have a path to citizenship, but we need to deal with them compassionately and humanely.

Source: North Carolina Congressional 2012 Political Courage Test Oct 30, 2012

Erskine Bowles: More border security

Border Security: Problem: The US has thousands of miles of borders and the most active border between two countries. In 2002, approximately 277 million people entered the US by land from Mexico. Daily crossings in both directions are estimated to be close to a million people, 250,000 passenger vehicles and 12,000 trucks. Hundreds of miles of our borders are inadequately monitored. Mohamed Atta, the suicide pilot who flew a Boeing 767 into the World Trade Center on Sept. 11th, also entered the US via Canada.
    Solution:
  1. Increase the utilization of aerial and ground surveillance technologies and personnel to enhance US border security.
  2. Consolidate terrorist watch lists and give officials better access to them.
  3. Continue to review and reform the Department of Homeland Security’s Visitor and Immigrant Status Indicator Technology (US-VISIT) program to better keep terrorists out of the country, while respecting the privacy of law-abiding foreign visitors and immigrants.
Source: A Homeland Security Plan for North Carolina Sep 30, 2004

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2016 Presidential contenders on Immigration:
  Republicans:
Gov.Jeb Bush(FL)
Dr.Ben Carson(MD)
Gov.Chris Christie(NJ)
Sen.Ted Cruz(TX)
Carly Fiorina(CA)
Gov.Jim Gilmore(VA)
Sen.Lindsey Graham(SC)
Gov.Mike Huckabee(AR)
Gov.Bobby Jindal(LA)
Gov.John Kasich(OH)
Gov.Sarah Palin(AK)
Gov.George Pataki(NY)
Sen.Rand Paul(KY)
Gov.Rick Perry(TX)
Sen.Rob Portman(OH)
Sen.Marco Rubio(FL)
Sen.Rick Santorum(PA)
Donald Trump(NY)
Gov.Scott Walker(WI)
Democrats:
Gov.Lincoln Chafee(RI)
Secy.Hillary Clinton(NY)
V.P.Joe Biden(DE)
Gov.Martin O`Malley(MD)
Sen.Bernie Sanders(VT)
Sen.Elizabeth Warren(MA)
Sen.Jim Webb(VA)

2016 Third Party Candidates:
Gov.Gary Johnson(L-NM)
Roseanne Barr(PF-HI)
Robert Steele(L-NY)
Dr.Jill Stein(G,MA)
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