State of Virginia Archives: on Immigration


Don Beyer: I fully support the DREAM Act & a path to citizenship

The two political parties need to come together and meet our national responsibility to bring millions of immigrants out of the shadow economy. It is time to pass comprehensive immigration reform. As a businessman, I've heard tales of hardship from many people who crossed borders to find a safe home here in the US. One such friend, Manuel, had a choice in his Salvadoran village between joining a death squad or being killed by it. He fled in the middle of the night and today is an American citizen with a happy life full of opportunity.

There must be a path to citizenship for the hard-working people who contribute to our communities. They help keep our economy strong and deserve the opportunity to become new Americans. We also need to ensure that children who came to the United States early in life have the chance to attend college, receive in-state tuition, and work toward their dreams just like every other hard working student. I fully support the DREAM Act.

Source: 2014 Virginia House campaign website, FriendsOfDonBeyer.com Oct 10, 2014

Ed Gillespie: Send migrant kids back to parents in Central America

Both men agreed that migrant children should be sent back to Central America: Gillespie declined to take a position on the bill introduced by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), which would prohibit any further expansion of Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, a program that shields some young undocumented immigrants from deportation. "I have not seen the bill," said Gillespie. "I haven't seen Sen. Cruz's bill, but I think President Obama overreached, and we're seeing the consequences today. The compassionate response is to make clear, 'Don't keep doing this, don't keep sending these children here, because they are not going to be afforded American citizenship,'" he added. "The most compassionate thing we can do is for them to return to their parents."

Warner emphasized the need to speed up the processing of these children, but he said "many of these children will be sent home. That process will result in some of those kids going back, but there ought to be a process," he said.

Source: Politico.com weblog on 2014 Virginia Senate debate Jul 26, 2014

Mark Warner: Send migrant kids back to Central America, after processing

Both men agreed that migrant children should be sent back to Central America: Gillespie declined to take a position on the bill introduced by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), which would prohibit any further expansion of Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, a program that shields some young undocumented immigrants from deportation. "I have not seen the bill," said Gillespie. "I haven't seen Sen. Cruz's bill, but I think President Obama overreached, and we're seeing the consequences today. The compassionate response is to make clear, 'Don't keep doing this, don't keep sending these children here, because they are not going to be afforded American citizenship,'" he added. "The most compassionate thing we can do is for them to return to their parents."

Warner emphasized the need to speed up the processing of these children, but he said "many of these children will be sent home. That process will result in some of those kids going back, but there ought to be a process," he said.

Source: Politico.com weblog on 2014 Virginia Senate debate Jul 26, 2014

Ken Cuccinelli: 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.

Cuccinelli: Strongly Agree

Source: Faith2Action iVoterGuide on 2013 Virginia Governor campaign Jul 2, 2014

Robert Sarvis: 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.

Sarvis: Agree

Source: Faith2Action iVoterGuide on 2013 Virginia Governor campaign Jul 2, 2014

Robert Sarvis: Liberalize immigration; population growth lowest since 1930s

Robert Sarvis wants to open the nation's borders. "Did you know US population growth is at its lowest since the Great Depression?" he tweeted on April 1. "RT if you support liberalizing our immigration laws."

"RT," if you're wondering, means retweet. That cleared up, we didn't know that the nation's population growth had reached an 80-year low.

So we decided to look at data from Sarvis' primary source: the US. Census Bureau. We found mid-year population estimates dating back to 1900. Population growth hovered between 1% and 2% until 1931 when, in the Great Depression, it dropped to 0.78%. It bottomed at 0.59% in July 1933.

US population growth is closely tied to the economy. During bad times, couples delay having children. In 2012, only 12.6% of U.S. women aged 15-44 had children. That's the lowest birth rate in records dating back to 1940. Immigration has slowed since the start of this century, too.

Our ruling: The figures back up Sarvis and we rate his statement True.

Source: Politifact.com FactCheck on 2014 Virginia Senate race Apr 1, 2014

Ed Gillespie: Unapologetic supporter of comprehensive immigration overhaul

Before he can try to unseat the incumbent, Gillespie first has to overcome any suspicions among conservatives about his long history as a lobbyist, though not in the past 6 years, and his stance as an unapologetic supporter of a comprehensive immigration overhaul.

"Anybody associated with the national Republican hierarchy is a little bit suspect," one pundit said. "Sometimes that's fair, sometimes not. He's going to have to prove he's not the same as the rest of the Washington GOP establishment."

Source: New York Times on 2014 Virginia Senate race Jan 9, 2014

Ken Cuccinelli: Path to citizenship ok as part of compromise

On immigration, McAuliffe said it would be "one of my finest hours" as governor if he could sign a state version of the DREAM Act, which would grant legal status to some immigrants who arrived in the United States illegally as minors.

Cuccinelli said he wanted to see "some sort of compromise reached on immigration" and said a path to citizenship "could be part of the proposal."

Source: Washington Post on 2013 Virginia governor debates Jul 21, 2013

Terry McAuliffe: Support the DREAM Act for legalizing minors

On immigration, McAuliffe said it would be "one of my finest hours" as governor if he could sign a state version of the DREAM Act, which would grant legal status to some immigrants who arrived in the United States illegally as minors.

Cuccinelli said he wanted to see "some sort of compromise reached on immigration" and said a path to citizenship "could be part of the proposal."

Source: Washington Post on 2013 Virginia governor debates Jul 21, 2013

Tim Kaine: Make it easier for foreign students to get green cards

Both Allen and Kaine said they support tax reform that would encourage corporations to repatriate their foreign earnings. And they said they want to make it easier for foreign students to get visas and green cards after they graduate from American universities.
Source: Washington Post coverage of 2012 Virginia Senate Debates Jun 28, 2012

Harris Miller: Tamper-proof ID card; limited enforcement against employers

Q: Do you support a tamper-proof ID card so that employers will know to hire them or not depending on their legality?

MILLER: Yes, in fact, I worked with Congress when that was proposed in 1981. We also need to have very tough employer sanctions, including sending employers to jail if they continue to hire people who are not here without work authorization. Thatís why people come to this country illegal, to get jobs. Unless we penalize the employers, people are going to continue to come.

Q: Mr. Webb, do you agree?

WEBB: I would agree that we should be using tamper-proof ID cards.

Q: Do you believe in punishing employers who hire people illegally?

WEBB: That is very a complex question because of the whole range of employers that are involved. Certainly large employers you could have sanctions. Itís a question of accountability. When somebody is hiring somebody to mow a lawn or something like that, itís a lot different than a Wal-Mart of a Tysonís.

Source: Virginia 2006 Democratic Senate Primary debate Jun 9, 2006

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