State of Kansas Archives: on Immigration


Curtis Coleman: 100% opposed to amnesty in any form or by any mechanism

I am 100% opposed to amnesty. I will not vote for any piece of legislation that grants amnesty, or ones that fund amnesty in any form or by any mechanism. We must secure our border first, above all else.
Source: 2016 Arkansas Senate campaign website, CurtisColeman.com Nov 11, 2015

Bruce Westerman: Control the borders, then implement guest worker program

Subsequent to establishing and maintaining operational control of the border, Congress should look at any reforms through a careful, step-by-step, process that establishes benchmarks to be met before the next step is taken, encourages lawful immigration, prevents illegal immigration, and does not include amnesty.
Source: 2014 Arkansas House campaign website, BruceWesterman.com Oct 10, 2014

Greg Orman: Increase border patrols; reduce undocumented immigrant flow

Orman has criticized Roberts for the growth of the undocumented immigrant population during Roberts' time in Washington. Orman says he wants to maintain or increase border patrols to reduce the flow of undocumented immigrants into the U.S., a position similar to that of Roberts.

Unlike Roberts, though, Orman supports a path to citizenship for some of the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants now in the U.S. "It's just not practical to say that we're going to find and send back, to other countries, 11 million undocumented people," he says on his website. "If you are here undocumented, you should register, pay a fine, obey our laws, hold down a job and pay taxes, and then I think you should be able to stay here," he said at a Kansas State Fair debate earlier this month.

Roberts opposes any path to citizenship for immigrants in the country illegally--he calls it amnesty.

Source: The Kansas City Star on 2014 Kansas Senate race Sep 19, 2014

Pat Roberts: Increase border patrols; reduce undocumented immigrant flow

Orman has criticized Roberts for the growth of the undocumented immigrant population during Roberts' time in Washington. Orman says he wants to maintain or increase border patrols to reduce the flow of undocumented immigrants into the U.S., a position similar to that of Roberts.

Unlike Roberts, though, Orman supports a path to citizenship for some of the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants now in the U.S. Roberts opposes any path to citizenship for immigrants in the country illegally--he calls it amnesty. "Who do we honestly expect to raise their hand, identify themselves as an illegal immigrant, agree to pay years of back taxes, pay an additional fine, get in line for a chance, just a chance, at getting citizenship in about a decade?" he said in a 2013 news release.

Source: The Kansas City Star on 2014 Kansas Senate race Sep 19, 2014

Pat Roberts: 1986: Opposed Reagan's immigration limited amnesty bill

Roberts criticized Obama's decision, since delayed, to allow some undocumented immigrants to remain in the country through an executive order. Greg Orman said he also opposes that order, preferring it be approached legislatively.

In 1986, as a member of the House, Roberts voted against an immigration bill backed by President Ronald Reagan. That bill, which became law, granted a limited amnesty to more than 2 million undocumented immigrants while prohibiting employers from knowingly hiring undocumented workers.

In 2007, as a senator, he voted to kill an immigration measure updating the 1986 law, including a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants.

Source: The Kansas City Star on 2014 Kansas Senate race Sep 19, 2014

Randall Batson: Supports illegal immigrants earning citizenship

Q: Do you support or oppose illegal immigrants earning citizenship?

A: Support.

Source: E-mail interview on Kansas 2014 Senate race with OnTheIssues Sep 19, 2014

Randall Batson: Benefits of citizenship only if arrived by legal means

Individuals that have arrived here by legal means and have proven themselves with integrity should be allowed the benefits of citizenry.
Source: 2014 Kansas Senate campaign website batson4senate.weebly.com Aug 31, 2014

Chad Taylor: Unmuddy the waters and create a path to citizenship

As a district attorney, I believe in enforcing the laws as they are written. Therefore, I think efforts to stop illegal immigration must start with getting a clear immigration policy.

Right now, our immigration process is confusing, inconsistent, and inhumane. That confusion incentivizes immigrants to come into our country the wrong way. We need to unmuddy the waters and create a path to citizenship that makes potential immigrants part of the process.

Source: 2014 Kansas Senate campaign website, TaylorForUSSenate.com Jul 2, 2014

Milton Wolf: 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.

Wolf: Strongly Agree

Source: Faith2Action iVoterGuide on 2014 Kansas Senate race Jul 2, 2014

Greg Orman: Illegals already here should register and pay taxes

Our immigration policy needs to be tough, fair and practical. After we actually secure the border, Washington needs to make sure that those workers who are already here can continue working if they register with the INS, hold down a job, pay taxes and obey our laws.

Because Congress has failed to act over the last 30 years, the US now has more than 11 million undocumented workers. Simply deporting all of those individuals is not practical, would be incredibly expensive and difficult to accomplish.

Source: KSN.com Q&A on 2014 Kansas Senate race Jun 25, 2014

Todd Akin: Illegal immigrants receiving benefits is unacceptable

The recent announcement that DHS will stop deporting and begin giving work permits to illegal immigrants who came to the US as children has again sparked a larger debate about immigration.

The idea of illegal immigrants receiving federal benefits like food stamps or Social Security is unacceptable to most Americans. We welcome legal immigrants who can contribute to these programs and in turn can receive benefits. But if you have not paid into the programs, and you are not legally in this country, you should not be allowed to receive benefits.

Not surprisingly, it is illegal already for illegal immigrants to receive federal benefits. Since the rule of law is under assault by the Obama administration, particularly when it comes to immigration, it is unlikely DHS would even start checking immigration status on their own initiative. That is why I recently introduced the VERIFI Act, which would require an individual's immigration status to be checked before receiving any benefits.

Source: Todd Akin in Kansas City Star; 2012 Missouri Senate debate Jun 26, 2012

Jerry Moran: No driver's licenses & no college discounts for illegals

Todd Tiahrt acknowledged Tuesday evening that he's changed his views on immigration over time but said during the first televised debate that his stance now boils down to "build the fence" along the U.S-Mexican border.

Jerry Moran criticized Tiahrt during the debate for past support of proposals to allow some illegal immigrants to obtain driver's licenses and to make it easier for some to pay lower college tuition. Tiahrt said his views shifted as he consulted with Kansans and studied the issue. Moran endorsed the new Arizona law and derided the Obama administration's challenge as "a silly waste of taxpayer dollars."

Tiahrt said Moran opposed federal legislation to block cities from making themselves sanctuaries for illegal immigrants, citing Moran's vote against a 2003 bill to cut off federal funds to cities that wouldn't allow law enforcement to share information. "I've voted numerous times in support of eliminating sanctuary cities," Moran refuted. "That's a terrible idea. It's wrong."

Source: Salina Journal on 2010 Kansas Senate Republican Debate Jul 7, 2010

Todd Tiahrt: I've shifted my view: build the fence on Mexican border

Todd Tiahrt acknowledged Tuesday evening that he's changed his views on immigration over time but said during the first televised debate that his stance now boils down to "build the fence" along the U.S-Mexican border.

Jerry Moran criticized Tiahrt during the debate for past support of proposals to allow some illegal immigrants to obtain driver's licenses and to make it easier for some to pay lower college tuition. Tiahrt said his views shifted as he consulted with Kansans and studied the issue. Tiahrt acknowledged he once supported proposals on tuition and driver's licenses; Moran's staff noted Tiahrt co-sponsored legislation in 2001 and 2003. "I thought it was compassionate to not punish the children for the parents' sins." Tiahrt said. "But I've come to the conclusion that we must build the fence, that we must say 'no' to amnesty."

Tiahrt said he also wants to stop printing bilingual election ballots, a practice he said encourages people to come to the US illegally.

Source: Salina Journal on 2010 Kansas Senate Republican Debate Jul 7, 2010

Todd Tiahrt: Compassion for illegals on lower tuition, but no more

Moran criticized Tiahrt for supporting bills making it easier for illegal immigrants to obtain driver's licenses and pay lower tuition. Tiahrt said he had supported the bills out of compassion in the past but has since changed his mind after listening to Kansans' views on the issue.

Tiahrt said his position could be made clear in three words--"Build the fence." He repeated the phrase 4 more times during the debate. He criticized Moran for supporting the idea of bilingual ballots and for voting in favor of the children's health insurance reauthorization, which, in addition to providing millions to states for low-income children, also made it more difficult to deny coverage to children of illegal immigrants.

Tiahrt said his previous support for making it easier for children of illegal immigrants to receive tuition was done out of a belief that it "was compassionate not to punish the kids of immigrants." Since then, he changed his mind. "We must say no to amnesty and build the fence," he said.

Source: KSNT-TV coverage of 2010 Kansas Senate GOP Primary Debate Jul 6, 2010

Kathleen Sebelius: Focus on employers who hire illegal workers

Sebelius said employers have a responsibility to follow the law. ďSome employers intentionally hire illegal workers to beat the competition, and thatís one of the areas the state can really do something about,Ē she said. ďItís unfair to workers here in the workforce. We need a national comprehensive discussion, whether itís talking about what weíre doing at the border or those 14 million who are already here and who have families here. That isnít something we can deal with state by state.Ē
Source: Kansas City Kansan in Trinity Washington University magazine Oct 20, 2006

John McCain: No more ballot initiatives against immigration

Yes, we need to control our borders. No one argues with that. Just ask the recent immigrant who came here legally and is the first to be knocked off the ladder of opportunity by illegal immigrants. But we donít need ballot initiatives that make people think we want them to abandon their hopes because some of us donít believe the American Dream is big enough to share anymore.
Source: Landon Lecture at Kansas State University Mar 15, 1999

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