State of Oregon Archives: on Immigration


Monica Wehby: Secure the border but increase H1B visas & guest workers

Dr. Monica Wehby believes that before we make any reforms to our immigration system that we must secure the border. Border security must be the immediate priority. Monica is also against amnesty for those who came here illegally. That simply isn't fair to the people who came here through the proper channels. Dr. Monica Wehby also believes that we need to increase the amount of H1B visas for skilled workers. It doesn't make any sense to train and educate these workers in the U.S. and then force them to take the skills they learned here to another country. Dr. Monica Wehby also believes we should work with Oregon's agriculturists to develop a temporary guest worker program that works.
Source: 2014 Oregon Senate campaign website, www.MonicaForOregon.com Mar 18, 2014

Jason Conger: Voted NO on drivers licenses for non-resident aliens

SB 833: Authorizes Drivers Licenses for Individuals Without Legal Proof of US Residence (Bill Passed House, 38-20); Conger voted Nay.
Source: 2013-2014 Oregon Senate & House legislative records Apr 30, 2013

Jason Conger: Stricter rules for non-citizen college tuition equity

House Bill 2787 would grant in-state tuition for undocumented students who have attended school in the country for at least 5 years; studied at an Oregon high school for at least 3 years, and graduated; and show intention to become a US citizen or lawful permanent resident. Supporters said it would allow children raised in Oregon to contribute to the state's economy.

House Republicans unsuccessfully proposed an alternative version that would have let the bill expire in 2016 and limited tuition equity to undocumented immigrants who are in the US by July 1. Republicans also sought stricter guidelines on how students could demonstrate they intend to become lawful residents. The House rejected the alternative proposal 23-33, leading several Republicans to attack Democrats for what they saw as a wasted opportunity to compromise. "We could have achieved some admirable goals with this bill without ignoring the concerns of many Oregonians," said Rep. Jason Conger, R-Bend. "I consider this a failure."

Source: The Oregonian on 2014 Oregon Senate debate Feb 22, 2013

Jeff Merkley: Rated 90% by Oregonians for Immigration Reform

Representative Merkley supported the interests of the Oregonians for Immigration Reform 90% in 2001-2002.

OFIR, Oregonians For Immigration Reform, is a non-profit organization whose members believe that our immigration laws & practices must be reformed We are very critical of the national laws relating to legal immigration and of the enforcement policies of both the Clinton and Bush administrations relative to illegal immigration.

Source: Oregon State Legislative Voting Records Jan 1, 2003

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