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Chain-link fences ok for holding kids of illegal immigrants

Rep. Kevin Cramer pushed back hard on the idea that keeping border-crossing children in chain-link cages was inhumane, defending the practice in two local radio shows.

Cramer called the facilities "humane" during an appearance on KTGO, a local radio station that broadcasts in the Bakken Oil Fields. "Chain link fences are around playgrounds all over America, all over North Dakota. And chain link fences allow line-of-sight visual connectivity with children and families," he said as he discussed reversing President Trump's policy to let families stay together at the border. "You know, there's nothing inhumane about a chain link fence. If it is, then every ballpark in America is inhumane."

Cramer then went on to say he supported changing the law to allow families to stay together when they enter the country illegally. The comments came before Trump announced he'd reverse his recently implemented strategy of separating children and parents at the border with an executive order.

Source: TalkingPointsMemo.com on 2018 North Dakota Senate race , Jun 20, 2018

Audio of immigrants' kids crying is "irrelevant hoopla"

[When asked about keeping border-crossing children in chain-link cages] on WDAY, Cramer called the focus on the cages "hoopla."

"I think chain-link fences is irrelevant to the crying of children," he said when asked about the comments and whether he'd heard the audio of children wailing after being separated from their parents. "There's all this hoopla, because I think that's a ruse by some on the left to try to create an image that's far worse in description than it is in reality," he said.

"The actual value of the chain-link fence is you could see through it, that's the value of the chain link. If they put up a sheet rock wall between the children and the workers, the people there to protect them, to me that would be far worse," Cramer said. "There's a broader conversation about the separation of families in general, but that happens throughout the country many times. The separation of children from their parents who do illegal things--it happens in every city of the country every day."

Source: TalkingPointsMemo.com on 2018 North Dakota Senate race , Jun 20, 2018

Harder for illegals to get benefits & become citizens

Q: Do you support allowing illegal immigrants, who were brought to the United States as minors, to pursue citizenship without returning to their country of origin?

A: No.

Q: Do you support the enforcement of federal immigration law by state and local police?

A: Yes. It should not be easier for someone in the country illegally to acquire benefits than it is for an immigrant here legally to become a citizen.

Source: North Dakota Congressional 2012 Political Courage Test , Oct 30, 2012

Supports exiting US to apply for citizenship.

Cramer supports the PVS survey question on amnesty

Project Vote Smart infers candidate issue stances on key topics by summarizing public speeches and public statements. Congressional candidates are given the opportunity to respond in detail; about 11% did so in the 2012 races.

Project Vote Smart summarizes candidate stances on the following topic: 'Immigration: Do you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship?'

Source: Project Vote Smart 12-PVS-q12 on Aug 30, 2012

Ban admission of Syrian refugees & any Syrian residents.

Cramer co-sponsored H.R.4031 & H.R.4025

Congressional Summary: This bill prohibits federal funds from being obligated for the U.S. refugee admission of any alien who is a national of Syria or whose last habitual residence was in Syria during the period that the civil war in Syria is ongoing, as determined by the Department of Homeland Security.

Supporters reasons for voting YEA:Rep. Ross: "ISIS carried out a series of violent attacks in Paris, and reports have indicated at least one of the terrorists who committed these atrocities entered Europe by posing as a refugee fleeing Syria. These horrific attacks provide a warning of what can happen on American soil if we do not take appropriate and immediate action. Reliable intelligence about refugees from countries like Syria attempting to enter the United States is clearly unavailable. More than half of our country's governors have taken immediate action to prevent Syrian refugees from settling in their states. Our own intelligence community has expressed concerns about our capabilities to identify threats. The federal government has no greater responsibility than keeping Americans safe."

Opponents reasons for voting NAY: (Opposing legislation S.Res.268): The Congress recognizes:

Source: Defund the Syrian Refugee Resettlement Program Act 15-HR4031 on Nov 17, 2015

Voted YES to ban DREAMer immigrants from military service.

Cramer voted YEA Gosar Anti-DACA Amendment to H.R. 5293

Congressional Summary: The House voted on an amendment by Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) to H.R. 5293, the Department of Defense Appropriations Act of 2017. The amendment would prohibit funds from being used to extend the expiration of, or reissue a new expiration date to, the Military Accessions Vital to National Interest (MAVNI) program.

Recommendation by Heritage Foundation to vote YES:(6/16/2016): The MAVNI program is a pilot program authorizing "military services to recruit certain legal immigrants whose skills are considered to be vital to the national interest." However, a DoD memo has made it clear that DACA/DAPA recipients are eligible under this program, essentially opening up a pathway to amnesty for illegal aliens who enlist. By ensuring that this guidance ends, DOD will no longer be able to enlist illegal immigrants through MAVNI.

Recommendation by the ACLU to vote NO: (6/28/2011): The DREAM Act promotes fundamental fairness for young people by allowing access to affordable post-secondary education and military service opportunities, regardless of immigration status, and would provide a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children, have lived here for at least five years and have graduated from high school. The DREAM Act could result in billions of dollars in additional tax revenue from tapping the potential of DREAM-eligible students and future service personnel. Since September 11, 2001, more than 69,000 immigrants have earned citizenship while serving, and more than 125 who entered military service after that date have made the ultimate sacrifice in war by giving their lives for this nation.

Legislative outcome: Failed House 210 to 211 (no Senate vote)

Source: Supreme Court case 16-H5293 argued on Jun 16, 2016

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