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Rocky Chavez on Immigration

 

 


We are home for the tired and oppressed, even Syrians

Accept Syrian refugees? The desire for a middle ground was evident in interviews with some candidates for the 2016 Senate contest. Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris said she opposed the GOP measure because it set up an "untenable" system: She said, "There is a drum beating, that the way to keep us safe is to keep outsiders out. That scares me." But, she added, "there's no question that we have to be vigilant."

Republican Rocky Chavez sounded remarkably like her. "One, security is important, but two, we need to understand we are a country that has always been a home for those who are hungry and tired and oppressed," said Chavez. He recalled the internment in the 1940s of Japanese Americans who posed no threat, and of America's earlier reluctance to accept Jews escaping Nazi Germany. "That didn't set well in history," he said, adding that "a measured approach is often the best approach. We should not take counsel from our fears and we should not take positions that go against our values."

Source: LA Times, "Syrian Refugees?" on 2016 California Senate race , Nov 22, 2015

Voted NO on driver's license for undocumented immigrants

Excerpts from Legislative Counsel's Digest:Status:Concurrence vote passed House, 55-21-2; passed Senate 28-8-3; approved by Gov.Brown 10/3/2013

OnTheIssues Explanation: Undocumented immigrants have no federal authorization; this bill allows them to get a state driver's license regardless of their lack of federal authorization.

Source: California legislative voting records: AB 60 , Sep 12, 2013

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