State of West Virginia secondary Archives: on Immigration


Patrick Morrisey: Aggressive efforts against illegal immigration

The country's lax immigration laws pose a security risk to our homeland. Morrisey successfully filed suit against the Obama amnesty program and opposes sanctuary cities. He believes we need a comprehensive plan to tackle illegal immigration and protect our country, including more aggressive efforts to track the flow of visitors; building a wall; establishing more thorough vetting of security risks, and pushing greater coordination between law enforcement agencies.
Source: 2018 West Virginia Senatorial website PatrickMorrisey.com Oct 1, 2017

Paula Jean Swearengin: Create swift, secure path to citizenship

One of our great strengths as a society is our healthy population growth thanks to immigration. The idea that America would be better off deporting 11 million contributors to our society and economy is ludicrous. Immigrants pay taxes and perform millions of important jobs. We need them. We should establish legal immigration centers around the world to recruit the best working families in Latin America, the Caribbean, and elsewhere to join us.
Source: 2018 West Virginia Senate campaign website PaulaJean2018.com Jul 17, 2017

Natalie Tennant: Secure the borders first, then send illegals to back of line

Q: Do you support any sort of pathway to citizenship for people who are in this country illegally?

Capito: "I do not support amnesty, plain and simple. I believe that it is incumbent upon us to secure our borders before we move forward into any other comprehensive immigration plan."

Tennant: "We need to address this piece of (immigration reform) legislation that was bipartisan and worked on so hard by so many senators but first off, we have to secure the borders. We must secure the borders. We must make those who are in this country (illegally) get to the back of the line, learn English and pay taxes."

Source: WV MetroNews on 2014 West Virginia Senate debate Oct 8, 2014

Shelley Moore Capito: Secure the borders first, then comprehensive reform

Q: Do you support any sort of pathway to citizenship for people who are in this country illegally?

Capito: "I do not support amnesty, plain and simple. I believe that it is incumbent upon us to secure our borders before we move forward into any other comprehensive immigration plan."

Tennant: "We need to address this piece of (immigration reform) legislation that was bipartisan and worked on so hard by so many senators but first off, we have to secure the borders. We must secure the borders. We must make those who are in this country (illegally) get to the back of the line, learn English and pay taxes."

Source: WV MetroNews on 2014 West Virginia Senate debate Oct 8, 2014

John Buckley: Create a mechanism to normalize people already here

Q: Immigration is another big issue right now. Is that a thing in your campaign?

A: That's a tough issue. To the extent voters perceive that open immigration is going to come at their expense, they are wary of the direction the country is heading with the borders and immigration. As a libertarian I'm kind of caught in the middle, perhaps not as ideological as some of my brethren. Welcoming hard-working immigrants is part and parcel of the character of America, but at the same time figuring out how to afford keeping ourselves a beacon for those across the world and to continue to fight against the welfare society. We have to create a mechanism to normalize people already here in a way that doesn't contravene one of our principles, which is rule of law. That does not set the stage for more in the future to say, get in illegal and stick around long enough, so really there are no laws against illegal immigration. I don't know how to do that.

Source: Reason magazine Q&A on 2014 West Virginia Senate race Jul 24, 2014

Jay Wolfe: Establish English as the official national language

Source: West Virginia Congressional 2008 Political Courage Test Aug 8, 2008

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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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