State of Utah Archives: on Immigration


Misty Snow: Treat undocumented people as human beings

The immigration system in this country is broken. The process to enter this country legally is too lengthy and difficult, which is forcing large numbers of people to enter the country by illegal means.

There are currently an estimated 11 million people in the USA that are undocumented. The vast majority of these people are hard working individuals that are trying to provide for their families. They came here to find better opportunities, or to escape war and conflict zones. They shouldn't have to live in constant fear of being deported, and they shouldn't have to struggle to find decent housing or employment. They are human beings, and it's time that our country treated them as such.

Our country needs to streamline immigration. It shouldn't take years for an immigration application to be approved; if it took less than a year to get approved to immigrate to our country, then people would be much less likely to attempt entering the country illegally.

Source: 2016 Utah Senate campaign website MistyKSnow.com Aug 8, 2016

Jonathan Johnson: Support Immigration Innovation Act: more H1B visas

As an American, you're probably optimistic that we can solve every problem. That's what makes the Immigration Innovation Act of 2015 so exciting. Introduced by Sen. Orrin Hatch and supported on a bipartisan basis, the "I-Squared" Act is a long-overdue fix for the roadblocks stopping high-skilled immigrants who want to work here.

The I-Squared Act would increase the limits on H-1B visas (from 65,000 to 115,000, with provisions to rise temporarily as high as 195,000), thus allowing U.S. companies to host high-skilled workers who work in specialty occupations.

It's important that we open up our economy to the contributions of highly skilled workers. These aren't cheap laborers. The law is clear that they must be paid as well as their counterparts who are already here. These are highly talented scientists and engineers who want to live, work and pay taxes here.

Source: Salt Lake Tribune OpEd by 2016 Utah gubernatorial candidate Feb 1, 2015

Mia Love: Charge $1,000 fee to get US visa, and refund upon leaving

Source: 2014 Utah House campaign website, Love4Utah.com Aug 8, 2014

Orrin Hatch: Introduced bipartisan DREAM Act

He's gone so far hard right in order to win this election that he's lost that collaborative spirit, Howell said of Hatch's one-time work with liberals such as the late Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass. Howell added that as the former Democratic leader in the state Senate, he learned how to work with Republicans out of necessity to pass legislation.

Serving in the Utah Legislature is "quite different than being in Congress, by the way, especially in our Legislature," Hatch said, adding that, if elected, Howell would be "surrounded by people" in the Democratic Party "who won't let you be anything but liberal."

At one point, Hatch pointed to his introduction of the DREAM Act--to allow undocumented immigrants brought as young children by their parents to America to attend college and work toward citizenship--as an example of how he cares about Latinos.

Source: Salt Lake Tribune on 2012 Utah Senate debate Oct 17, 2012

Dan Liljenquist: Secure our borders and enforce our laws

The federal government has abdicated its responsibility with respect to immigration. It meddles in many areas it should not be and completely ignores one of the most critical areas of its responsibility. We must secure our borders and enforce our laws. Dan supports the protection of identities through the use of E-verify. He also believes we need to open up legal immigration in efficient, sensible ways.
Source: 2012 Senate campaign website, danforutah.com May 24, 2012

Gary Herbert: Find solutions to tough issues where feds abdicated

On issues like immigration, where the federal government has abdicated its responsibility and stepped aside, we must step forward. We have been sent here by the voters to find solutions to tough issues. Immigration reform is but one example of how we mus achieve a new level of collaboration, commitment, and initiative. As we undertake this work, let us never forget our obligation to respect each other--even when we disagree.
Source: 2011 Utah State of the State Address Jan 26, 2011

Mike Lee: Enforce job laws and illegal immigrants will go home

On the immigration front, Bradley endorsed rounding up all immigrants here illegally and sending them home. Lee opposed that, but called for tougher enforcement of immigration laws to pressure them to go home.

"If we enforce laws more faithfully," Lee said, "jobs will dry up and they will go home."

Granato called for compassion and development of comprehensive immigration reform. "I do not believe in ripping families apart," he said. "We need to have compassion as we fix this."

Lee and Bradley also opposed the DREAM Act, which would allow children brought to America by undocumented immigrant parents to qualify for legal residency if they attend and complete college. "I don't believe we should be offering any benefit to people who come here in violation of our laws," Lee said.

Granato countered that the legislation would help children who have known no country except the United States. "I am fully in favor of the DREAM Act," he said.

Source: Salt Lake Tribune coverage of 2010 Utah Senate debate Sep 17, 2010

Sam Granato: Don't rip apart families; support the DREAM Act

On the immigration front, Bradley endorsed rounding up all immigrants here illegally and sending them home. Lee opposed that, but called for tougher enforcement of immigration laws to pressure them to go home.

"If we enforce laws more faithfully," Lee said, "jobs will dry up and they will go home."

Granato called for compassion and development of comprehensive immigration reform. "I do not believe in ripping families apart," he said. "We need to have compassion as we fix this."

Lee and Bradley also opposed the DREAM Act, which would allow children brought to America by undocumented immigrant parents to qualify for legal residency if they attend and complete college. "I don't believe we should be offering any benefit to people who come here in violation of our laws," Lee said.

Granato countered that the legislation would help children who have known no country except the United States. "I am fully in favor of the DREAM Act," he said.

Source: Salt Lake Tribune coverage of 2010 Utah Senate debate Sep 17, 2010

Chuck Baldwin: GOP & Dems both want open borders

Chuck Baldwin points to the immigration issue as evidence that the positions of the Republican and Democratic parties are essentially identical.

“The Democrats basically want the illegals to continue to come across the border at will for the sake of getting votes,” said Baldwin. “The Republicans, on the other hand, want the borders to remain open for the purpose of being able to obtain cheap labor. Regardless of the reason, neither major party has any desire to secure our borders.”

Source: Charles Geraci in The Herald Journal, Cache Valley, Utah Jul 5, 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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