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Todd Rokita on Immigration

 

 


Imprison local officials who allow sanctuary cities

Rep. Rokita wants to imprison sanctuary city officials who help undocumented immigrants. Rokita introduced a bill that could imprison and fine public officials $1 million if they obstruct federal immigration authority efforts. The legislation targets sanctuary cities, which shelter undocumented immigrants or don't cooperate with federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Under Rokita's Stopping Lawless Actions of Politicians (SLAP) Act, violators could face up to five years of prison time and a fine of up to $1 million for ignoring the federal government's requests for custody of undocumented individuals.

"The American people are rightfully infuriated watching politicians put their open-borders ideology before the rule of law, and the safety of the people they represent," Rokita said in a statement. "Politicians don't get to pick and choose what laws to comply with."

Source: Indianapolis Star on 2018 Indiana Senatorial race , Dec 4, 2017

Build the wall; oppose sanctuary cities

Today, technology exists so that we can effectively and economically enforce our immigration laws and protect our border. I support all measures necessary to secure the border, including building a wall. I will oppose amnesty and work with President Trump to stop dangerous sanctuary cities and deport criminal illegal immigrants.
Source: 2018 Indiana Senatorial website ToddRokita.com , Oct 1, 2017

Opposes a pathway to citizenship.

Rokita opposes the PVS survey question on illegal aliens

Project Vote Smart infers candidate issue stances on key topics by summarizing public speeches and public statements. Candidates are given the opportunity to respond in detail; about 16% did so in the 2010 races.

Project Vote Smart summarizes candidate stances on the following topic: 'Immigration Issues: Do you support a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants?'

Source: Project Vote Smart 10-PVS-q12 on Nov 2, 2010

Voted YES to ban DREAMer immigrants from military service.

Rokita 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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