Scott Keller on Immigration



Make immigration more welcoming and helpful

Q: Do you agree with "Changing the Dream Act so everyone wins"?

A: True.

Q: Do you agree with "Building arcologies at the borders that serve as fences"?

A: Close. Added/clarified stances:

Source: E-mail interview for 2014 House race with OnTheIssues.org , Apr 11, 2013

Treat immigrants like people regardless of where born

  1. Treat immigrants like people regardless of where they were born or what country they are trying to immigrate out of, usually for reasons Americans cannot even comprehend--mass murder, war, rape, famine, drought. All human beings regardless of race, creed or color should be given equal opportunity to live a free and peaceful existence in this great country and should not be taken advantage of in negative ways.
  2. Find ways that the people of the US, including the Indian Nations, minorities, and immigrants from all over the world, especially Mexico, can come together and create a better world that provides for everyone easily, rather than fearing an overload of the current system.
  3. Mandate that new immigrants be involved to design and build new futuristic facilities--hospitals, housing facilities, water treatment facilities, replacing our broken utility system. Use these activities as community service credits that will enable immigrants to become American citizens faster.
Source: E-mail interview for 2014 House race with OnTheIssues.org , Apr 11, 2013

Train immigrants coming to America to speak English fluently

Source: E-mail interview for 2014 House race with OnTheIssues.org , Apr 11, 2013

No more lottery; just invite everyone who wants to come

Overhaul the USCIS & INS to make immigration more welcoming and helpful. No more lottery. Just invite everyone who wants to come, has a clean criminal background, and is willing to assimilate. Implement new and beneficial programs to make the process more streamlined and user-friendly for new applicants. This would include changing some of the current criteria for individuals who are already in this country and possibly stopping the deportation of individuals who through no fault of their own were brought into this country when they were children. Specifically, children of immigrants who have been denied going into college or even children who are being deported with their parents after living in the US for years. It is not entirely the fault of USCIS, but these actions have been put in place by persons or groups who have total disregard for breaking families apart, and making it impossible for people who are currently living in this country to have a chance at legalization and a better future.
Source: E-mail interview for 2014 House race with OnTheIssues.org , Apr 11, 2013

Hard stance on companies hiring illegal immigrants

Source: E-mail interview for 2014 House race with OnTheIssues.org , Apr 11, 2013

Strongly supports illegal immigrants earning citizenship

Q: Your opinion on our VoteMatch statement, "Illegal immigrants earn citizenship"?

A: Strongly Support. Change Dream Act so everyone wins. Build arcologies at the borders that serve as INS centers. Doubles as a type of fence. Encourage and Welcome immigrants and they'll cooperate. Put immigration on the border rather than in DC.

Source: VoteMatch interview on 2014 House race with OnTheIssues.org , Apr 10, 2013

Change Dream Act so everyone wins

Q: Should illegal immigrants earn citizenship?

A: Support. I would significantly change the Dream Act such that everyone wins from all sides of the issue and get significant collaboration in the effort. We need to overhaul the INS, streamline it, make it more efficient, and size it such that they can handle the load. I am not in favor of a fence on the border but rather a working relationship with the people on both sides of the border to address the root causes of the problems.

Source: Email interview on presidential race with OnTheIssues.org , Aug 18, 2011

Build arcologies at the borders that serve as fences

We propose building arcologies at the borders to regulate and centralize immigration and language education as well as job training and social services.

This also operates as a fence if you string up a batch of them across the border, but more importantly it gives immigration a home at the border.

It also most importantly allows us to insulate and protect ourselves and regulate flow better by stalling it out if it doesn't pass basic reality tests like speaking English or being employable.

It also allows the USA to meaningfully test and reality test potential applicants and see how they really do objectively to score... and reject those who are lazy or who have serious issues as bad investments.

Source: Email interview on presidential race with OnTheIssues.org , Aug 18, 2011

2012 Governor, House and Senate candidates on Immigration: Scott Keller on other issues:
TX Gubernatorial:
Annise Parker
David Dewhurst
Julian Castro
Mike Rawlings
Rick Perry
TX Senatorial:
David Alameel
Emily Sanchez
John Cornyn
Jon Roland
Steve Stockman
Ted Cruz

Left 113th Congress, 2013-2014:
AL-1: Jo Bonner(R,resigned)
FL-13:Bill Young(R,deceased)
FL-19:Trey Radel(R,arrested)
IL-2: Jesse L. Jackson(D,convicted)
LA-5: Rodney Alexander(R,resigned)
MA-5: Ed Markey(D,elected)
MO-8: Jo Ann Emerson(R,resigned)
NC-12:Mel Watt(D,appointed)
NJ-1: Rob Andrews(D,investigated)
SC-1: Tim Scott(R,appointed)

Newly-elected special elections 2013-2014:
AL-1: Bradley Byrne(R)
FL-13:David Jolly(R)
FL-19:Curt Clawson(R)
IL-2: Robin Kelly(D)
LA-5: Vance McAllister(R)
MA-5: Katherine Clark(D)
MO-8: Jason Smith(R)
NC-12: Pending Jul.15
NJ-1: Pending Nov.4
SC-1: Mark Sanford(R)
Won primary 2014:
GA-11:Barry Loudermilk(R)
MA-6 :Richard Tisei(R)
TX-4: John Ratcliffe(R)
VA-7: Dave Brat(R)

AL-6 :Gary Palmer(R)
AR-4 :Bruce Westerman(R)
CA-11:Mark DeSaulnier(R)
CA-33:Ted Lieu(D)
CA-35:Norma Torres(D)
CA-45:Mimi Walters(R)
CO-4 :Ken Buck(R)
GA-1 :Buddy Carter(R)
GA-10:Jody Hice(R)
IA-1 :Pat Murphy(D)
MI-4 :John Moolenaar(R)
MI-12:Debbie Dingell(D)
MI-14:Brenda Lawrence(D)
MN-6 :Tom Emmer(R)
NC-6 :Mark Walker(R)
NC-7 :David Rouzer(R)
NJ-12:Bonnie Watson Coleman(R)
NY-4 :Kathleen Rice(D)
OK-5 :Steve Russell(R)
PA-13:Brendan Boyle(D)
TX-36:Brian Babin(R)
UT-4 :Mia Love(R)
VA-8 :Don Beyer(D)

Retiring to run for Senate in 2014:
AR-4: Tom Cotton(R)
CO-4: Cory Gardner(R)
GA-1: Jack Kingston(R)
GA-10:Paul Broun(R)
GA-11:Phil Gingrey(R)
HI-1: Colleen Hanabusa(D)
IA-1: Bruce Braley(D)
LA-6: Bill Cassidy(R)
MI-14:Gary Peters(D)
MT-0: Steve Daines(R)
OK-5: James Lankford(R)
TX-36:Steve Stockman(R)
WV-2: Shelley Moore Capito(R)

Former Reps running for House in 2014:
CA-3: Doug Ose(R)
CA-31:Joe Baca(D)
HI-1: Charles Djou(R)
IL-10:Bob Dold(R)
IL-17:Bobby Schilling(R)
KS-4: Todd Tiahrt(R)
MI-4: Peter Konetchy(R)
MI-14:Hansen Clarke(D)
MS-4: Gene Taylor(D)
MT-0: Denny Rehberg(R)
NH-1: Frank Guinta(R)
NY-11:Vito Fossella(R)
NY-18:Nan Hayworth(R)
OH-7: John Boccieri(D)
PA-13:Marjorie Margolies(D)
TX-23:Francisco Canseco(R)
Lost primary 2014:
GA-11:Bob Barr(R)
MA-6: John Tierney(D)
TX-4: Ralph Hall(R)
VA-7: Eric Cantor(R)
MI-11:Kerry Bentivolio(R)

Retiring to run for State Office in 2014:
AR-2: Tim Griffin(R)
CA-35:Gloria McLeod(D)
ME-2: Mike Michaud(D)
PA-13:Allyson Schwartz(D)
VI-0: Donna Christensen(D)

Retiring effective Jan. 2015:
AL-6: Spencer Bachus(R)
AZ-7: Ed Pastor(D)
CA-11:George Miller(D)
CA-25:Howard McKeon(R)
CA-31:Gary Miller(R)
CA-33:Henry Waxman(D)
CA-45:John Campbell(R)
IA-3: Tom Latham(R)
MI-4: Dave Camp(R)
MI-6: Tom Petri(R)
MI-12:John Dingell(D)
MN-6: Michele Bachmann(R)
NC-6: Howard Coble(R)
NC-7: Mike McIntyre(D)
NJ-3: Jon Runyan(R)
NJ-12:Rush Holt(D)
NY-4: Carolyn McCarthy(D)
NY-21:Bill Owens(D)
PA-6: Jim Gerlach(R)
UT-4: Jim Matheson(D)
VA-8: James Moran(D)
VA-10:Frank Wolf(R)
WA-4: Doc Hastings(R)
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