State of California Archives: on Immigration

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

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

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, Aug 13, 2004

Bill Jones: Not even a suggestion of amnesty

Source: 2004 Senate campaign website, 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 “Issues” May 2, 2004

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