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Thom Tillis on Immigration

 


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.

Tillis: Strongly Agree

Source: Faith2Action iVoterGuide on 2014 North Carolina Senate race , Sep 30, 2014

Amnesty shouldn't be on the table

Standing alongside Jeb Bush, Tillis gently put distance between himself and his guest of honor, on the issue of immigration: "You have to make it clear that amnesty shouldn't be on the table," Tillis said, referring to how to address those immigrants currently in the country illegally. "That doesn't negate any opportunity to provide some with legal status and other things, but you only do that after you seal the borders and you make the problem no longer grow."

Jeb Bush supports a pathway to citizenship for unauthorized immigrants and complained that not addressing the immigration system had "done us harm economically." He said, "If it was framed in that way, I don't think there's a big debate in the Republican Party about the need to do this."

But an easy resolution is not likely in his party. After a reporter noted that Bush's immigration stance was more "conciliatory," the former governor chuckled and the Republicans in the audience let out a brief, nervous laugh.

Source: N. Y. Times on 2014 North Carolina Senate debate , Sep 24, 2014

Bipartian failure to secure the border

On immigration, Tillis knocked the "bipartisan failure" to secure the border, and he criticized the president for considering executive actions to slow deportations.

On that count, Hagan agreed, saying the president "should not take" action to ease deportations. But she also defended her vote in favor of the comprehensive immigration bill that passed the Senate last June, noting its variety of Republican co-sponsors and saying it would throw considerably more resources at border security. "Inaction is not an option," she said. "Speaker Tillis has no plan to solve our immigration system."

Source: CBS News on 2014 North Carolina Senate debate , Sep 3, 2014

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