State of California Archives: on Immigration


Loretta Sanchez: Refugees are not the enemy, today nor in our history

One Republican Senate candidate, Tom Del Beccaro, was comfortable with blocking Syrian refugees. "The wise thing would be to upgrade our ability and our intel and if we are satisfied, if we are able to vet people, we could look to resuming it," he said.

Democrat Loretta Sanchez voted against the House refugee measure in Congress. In brief remarks before the vote, she indicated she was influenced by the history of her California district, heavy with refugees from Vietnam and neighboring countries. In an echo of today's circumstances, their arrival more than a generation ago was opposed by some. "We are ready to help resettle these refugees," she said, noting that most are women, children and the elderly. "Refugees are not the enemy. Remember the words on the Statue of Liberty: Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free."

Source: LA Times, "Syrian Refugees?" on 2016 California Senate race Nov 22, 2015

Rocky Chavez: We are home for the tired and oppressed, even Syrians

Accept Syrian refugees? The desire for a middle ground was evident in interviews with some candidates for the 2016 Senate contest. Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris said she opposed the GOP measure because it set up an "untenable" system: She said, "There is a drum beating, that the way to keep us safe is to keep outsiders out. That scares me." But, she added, "there's no question that we have to be vigilant."

Republican Rocky Chavez sounded remarkably like her. "One, security is important, but two, we need to understand we are a country that has always been a home for those who are hungry and tired and oppressed," said Chavez. He recalled the internment in the 1940s of Japanese Americans who posed no threat, and of America's earlier reluctance to accept Jews escaping Nazi Germany. "That didn't set well in history," he said, adding that "a measured approach is often the best approach. We should not take counsel from our fears and we should not take positions that go against our values."

Source: LA Times, "Syrian Refugees?" on 2016 California Senate race Nov 22, 2015

Duf Sundheim: Path to legal status without executive action

He backs an immigration overhaul that includes a path to legal status for illegal immigrants but opposes Obama's executive action. Despite Sundheim's being pro-choice on abortion, favoring legal gay marriage and granting illegal immigrants a path to legal status, political analysts here say the GOP's national image is still likely to weigh him down in a race for federal office.
Source: Washington Examiner on 2016 California Senate race Jun 4, 2015

Kamala Harris: An undocumented immigrant is not a criminal

California's chief law officer, Attorney General Kamala Harris, declared this week, "an undocumented immigrant is not a criminal." Illegally entering and remaining in the country is a federal crime. However, many of these "undocumented immigrants" are not being prosecuted under the current administration.

Harris is implying in her words that these foreign nationals are not persistent criminals: "I'm a career prosecutor. I've personally prosecuted everything from low-level offenses to homicides. Unfortunately, I know what crime looks like. I know what a criminal looks like who's committing a crime. An undocumented immigrant is not a criminal."

Source: Breitbart.com coverage of 2015 California Senate race Apr 18, 2015

Tom Del Beccaro: Expose crime and danger at the US-Mexico border

Del Beccaro is urging congressional Republicans to convene a Southwestern summit to "expose the real crime and danger" at the U.S.-Mexico border and work with allies and adversaries on an immigration deal. And he said he disagrees with a recent comments by [his Democratic opponent Kamala] Harris that "an undocumented immigrant is not a criminal."

"If you break the law, that means you've broken the law," Del Beccaro said, taking issue with the question about Harris.

"My focus is more about how to bring people to the table," he added. "I am not running so I can say, `Some people are wrong and some people are right.' I am going to be very specific in this campaign about solutions as opposed to just politics and yelling back and forth."

Source: Sacramento Bee on 2016 California Senate race Apr 16, 2015

Pete Aguilar: We need comprehensive immigration reform

Eleven million people live in the shadows of our society. Unfortunately, our immigration system is broken, failing to bring these immigrants out of the shadows and fully integrate them into our economy.

We need comprehensive immigration reform that makes sense for workers, businesses and families, including a path to citizenship for those who play by the rules and live up to American ideals. This will strengthen our economy and expand our tax base. Notably, the Congressional Budget Office reports that passing immigration reform would cut the federal deficit by $200 billion over the next 10 years.

Source: 2014 California House campaign website, PeteAguilar.com Nov 7, 2014

Mimi Walters: Border security is broken; but we need guest workers

America's immigration and border security systems are broken. America needs a clear and enforceable policy that begins with secure borders, treats all in a humane and fair manner and doesn't reward those who break our laws. We also need a guest worker system, especially for our farms and agricultural industries.
Source: 2014 California House campaign website, MimiWalters.com Oct 10, 2014

Steve Knight: 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?

Knight: Agree

Source: Faith2Action iVoterGuide on 2014 California House race Sep 30, 2014

Neel Kashkari: Sensible immigration reform needed, but not open borders

Kashkari thinks smart, sensible immigration reform is needed desperately. Kashkari himself is the child of immigrants, and sees the value of immigrants in the country, but says we can't have open borders. Kashkari also called out Gov. Jerry Brown for remaining silent on the issue of migrant children flooding through the borders. "This is one of a number of issues that he is hiding under his desk. Anything to avoid stepping into any controversy," he said.
Source: KFBK News Radio on 2014 California gubernatorial race Jul 10, 2014

Hilda Solis: Supports "Fast for Families" in favor of immigration reform

With the clock running out on immigration reform this year, a group of high-profile labor, faith and civic leaders from Los Angeles tried to bring urgency to the issue by joining a 24-hour fast, [part of] the national "Fast for Families" campaign taking place this month. He and others described the lack of immigration reform as a moral crisis that is leading to deportations and breaking up families.

Gomez was flanked by union leaders & politicians such as former Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis. Solis, the daughter of immigrants said that it was important to immediately help the immigrants "who help put food on the table."

"They clean our offices, they stay until midnight, work graveyard shifts and help this country be prosperous," Solis said. "We do need to fast and we do need to say that those hardened hearts in the Congress and in the Senate need to change."

Source: South Calif. Public Radio on 2014 California Governor race Nov 26, 2013

Jerry Brown: Allow driver's license for undocumented immigrants

Excerpts from Legislative Counsel's Digest:Status:Concurrence vote passed House, 55-21-2; passed Senate 28-8-3; approved by Gov.Brown 10/3/2013

OnTheIssues Explanation: Undocumented immigrants have no federal authorization; this bill allows them to get a state driver's license regardless of their lack of federal authorization.

Source: California legislative voting records: AB 60 Oct 3, 2013

Mimi Walters: Voted NO on driver's license for undocumented immigrants

Excerpts from Legislative Counsel's Digest:Status:Concurrence vote passed House, 55-21-2; passed Senate 28-8-3; approved by Gov.Brown 10/3/2013

OnTheIssues Explanation: Undocumented immigrants have no federal authorization; this bill allows them to get a state driver's license regardless of their lack of federal authorization.

Source: California legislative voting records: AB 60 Sep 12, 2013

Norma Torres: Voted YES on driver's license for undocumented immigrants

Excerpts from Legislative Counsel's Digest:Status:Concurrence vote passed House, 55-21-2; passed Senate 28-8-3; approved by Gov.Brown 10/3/2013

OnTheIssues Explanation: Undocumented immigrants have no federal authorization; this bill allows them to get a state driver's license regardless of their lack of federal authorization.

Source: California legislative voting records: AB 60 Sep 12, 2013

Rocky Chavez: Voted NO on driver's license for undocumented immigrants

Excerpts from Legislative Counsel's Digest:Status:Concurrence vote passed House, 55-21-2; passed Senate 28-8-3; approved by Gov.Brown 10/3/2013

OnTheIssues Explanation: Undocumented immigrants have no federal authorization; this bill allows them to get a state driver's license regardless of their lack of federal authorization.

Source: California legislative voting records: AB 60 Sep 12, 2013

Steve Knight: Voted NO on driver's license for undocumented immigrants

Excerpts from Legislative Counsel's Digest:Status:Concurrence vote passed House, 55-21-2; passed Senate 28-8-3; approved by Gov.Brown 10/3/2013

OnTheIssues Explanation: Undocumented immigrants have no federal authorization; this bill allows them to get a state driver's license regardless of their lack of federal authorization.

Source: California legislative voting records: AB 60 Sep 12, 2013

Ted Lieu: Voted YES on driver's license for undocumented immigrants

Excerpts from Legislative Counsel's Digest:Status:Concurrence vote passed House, 55-21-2; passed Senate 28-8-3; approved by Gov.Brown 10/3/2013

OnTheIssues Explanation: Undocumented immigrants have no federal authorization; this bill allows them to get a state driver's license regardless of their lack of federal authorization.

Source: California legislative voting records: AB 60 Sep 12, 2013

Mark DeSaulnier: Voted YES on driver's license for undocumented immigrants

Excerpts from Legislative Counsel's Digest:Status:Concurrence vote passed House, 55-21-2; passed Senate 28-8-3; approved by Gov.Brown 10/3/2013

OnTheIssues Explanation: Undocumented immigrants have no federal authorization; this bill allows them to get a state driver's license regardless of their lack of federal authorization.

Source: California legislative voting records: AB 60 Jul 2, 2013

Antonio Villaraigosa: Immigration reform is an economic and moral imperative

Q: The White House is planning a big push on immigration. Your thoughts?

VILLARAIGOSA: The time is now. We can't wait another political season to pass comprehensive immigration reform. This isn't just a moral, it's an economic imperative. If we bring these people, 11 million people from out of the dark and into the light, it's about a $1.5 trillion impact to the U.S. economy. The "dreamers" alone, a $329 billion impact. We can't do this piecemeal and we can't have second class citizenship. This has to be a pathway to full citizenship.

Q: Who are the first people that ought of get citizenship? You're talking about the kids in the DREAM Act?

VILLARAIGOSA: Obviously the people who become citizens first are the people who have been in line, after they've had a full background check, paid their back taxes. We've got to do this in a way that gives all of these people an opportunity to be full citizens of the United States of America.

Source: Face the Nation 2013 on 2014 California gubernatorial race Jan 13, 2013

Neel Kashkari: Expand visa programs for highly skilled workers

Revamping immigration policy for highly skilled workers: Business leaders have called for years for an overhaul of immigration policy for such workers--especially for those with advanced degrees in science, technology, engineering and math. Many politicians agree that U.S. universities attract the best students globally, yet our flawed policies force these bright people to leave after graduation. Encouraging the best students to stay, to build new companies and to contribute to industry, will aid our economic growth, increase our competitiveness and improve our long-term fiscal situation. Lawmakers should put politics aside, expand visa programs for highly skilled workers and provide a pathway toward citizenship for foreign-born students who earn advanced technical degrees in America.
Source: Kashkari Washington Post OpEd: 2014 California governor race Jun 1, 2012

Jerry Brown: Supports state aid to illegals' children and DREAM Act

Going to college is a dream that promises intellectual excitement. The Dream Act benefits us by giving top students a chance to improve their lives. Under current law, undocumented students pay resident tuition rates if they have graduated from a California high school and affirmed that they are in the process of applying to legalize their immigration status. Effective January 1, 2013, AB 131 will make this limited pool of students eligible to apply for Cal Grants and other state aid.
Source: California 2011 gubernatorial press release #17268 Oct 8, 2011

Julia Brownley: In-state tuition OK for illegal immigrants

Q: Should illegal immigrants who graduate from California high schools be eligible for in-state tuition at public universities?

A: Yes. I believe the federal government needs a comprehensive and fair immigration policy.

Source: California Congressional 2010 Political Courage Test Oct 30, 2010

Bill Jones: Support temporary work visas, but no shortcut to immigration

Source: 2004 Senate campaign website, jonesforcalifornia.com Aug 13, 2004

Bill Jones: Not even a suggestion of amnesty

Source: 2004 Senate campaign website, jonesforcalifornia.com Aug 13, 2004

Bill Jones: Oppose amnesty for undocumented immigrants

I will oppose amnesty for undocumented immigrants. Bush has sparked a needed debate on the issue of undocumented immigrants. It’s clear that our current programs are not working, and that more needs to be done to secure our borders. The current situation is intolerable: states like California, Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas take the brunt of the impacts and end up overburdening state and local resources to deal with a national problem.
Source: 2004 Senate campaign website JonesForCalifornia.com “Issues” May 2, 2004

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