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David Walker on Immigration

 


Path to legal status but not to citizenship

Q: When you think about illegal immigration, which of the following solutions come closest to your opinion? A: Choice B, with an understanding that there's a difference between citizenship and legal status.

Q: Like what differences?

A: Immigrants can have legal residency but not citizenship--like voting as a right of citizens and not legal residents. We need comprehensive immigration reform which includes, among other things, more temporary workers and much stronger enforcement.

Source: AmericansElect phone questionnaire by OnTheIssues.org , Mar 30, 2012

Enforce employment laws on employers, not against immigrants

Q: Should illegal immigrants earn citizenship?

A: Yes, under limited conditions like military service. In the vast majority of cases there'd be a pathway to legal status instead of citizenship.

Q: What about enforcement?

Q: My view is that we need reform but also enforcement, and then to let economics take over. We're not enforcing the laws.

Q: Enforce against whom? Should immigration laws be enforced by focusing on illegal immigrants themselves, or on their employers?

A: Enforcement means against employers. But we should have more work permits--legal--and provide pathways to legal status as well. Citizenship might result from serving in the military, for example, a much higher bar than for legal status.

Source: Phone interview on presidential race with OnTheIssues.org , Mar 30, 2012

Enforce against employers hiring illegals

Q: You said, "We're not enforcing the laws" -- which laws are you referring to? A: I believe that government should enforce all applicable laws, especially the laws against employers hiring illegals.
Source: Email interview on presidential race with OnTheIssues.org , Apr 1, 2012

Other governors on Immigration: David Walker on other issues:
CT Gubernatorial:
Dan Malloy
Tom Foley
CT Senatorial:
Chris Murphy
Richard Blumenthal

Election 2013:
NJ-R: Chris Christie (won)
NJ-D: Barbara Buono (lost)
VA-R: Bob McDonnell(Retiring)
VA-R: Ken Cuccinelli (lost)
VA-D: Terry McAuliffe (won)

Gubernatorial Debates 2014:
AL: Bentley(R) vs.Griffith(D)
AR: Ross(D) vs.Hutchinson(R) vs.Griffin(R,Lt.Gov.)
AZ: Riggs(R) vs.DuVal(D) vs.Mealer(I)
CA: Brown(D) vs.Kashkari(R)
CO: Hickenlooper(D) vs.Beauprez(R) vs.Tancredo(R) vs.Hess(L)
CT: Malloy(D) vs.Foley(R) vs.Walker(R,Lt.Gov.)
FL: Scott(R) vs.Crist(D)
GA: Deal(R) vs.Carter(D)
HI: Abercrombie(D) vs.Aiona(R)
IA: Branstad(R) vs.Hoefling(R) vs.Hatch(D)
MA: Coakley(D) vs.Grossman(D) vs.Berwick(D) vs.Baker(R)
ME: LePage(R) vs.Michaud(D) vs.Cutler(I)
MI: Snyder(R) vs.Schauer(D)
NM: Martinez(R) vs.King(D)
NY: Cuomo(D) vs.Astorino(R) vs.Hawkins(G) vs.Teachout(D) vs.Hochul(D,Lt.Gov.)
OK: Fallin(R) vs.Dorman(D)
PA: Corbett(R) vs.Wolf(D) vs.Schwartz(D,lost primary) vs.Critz(D,Lt.Gov.,lost primary)
Up for re-election 2014:
AK-R: Sean Parnell
AL-R: Robert Bentley
CA-D: Jerry Brown
CO-D: John Hickenlooper
CT-D: Dan Malloy
FL-R: Rick Scott
GA-R: Nathan Deal
HI-D: Neil Abercrombie
IA-R: Terry Branstad
ID-R: Butch Otter
IL-D: Pat Quinn
KS-R: Sam Brownback
ME-R: Paul LePage
MI-R: Rick Snyder
MN-D: Mark Dayton
NH-D: Maggie Hassan
NM-R: Susana Martinez
NV-R: Brian Sandoval
NY-D: Andrew Cuomo
OH-R: John Kasich
OK-R: Mary Fallin
OR-D: John Kitzhaber
PA-R: Tom Corbett
SC-R: Nikki Haley
SD-R: Dennis Daugaard
TN-R: Bill Haslam
VT-D: Peter Shumlin
WI-R: Scott Walker
WY-R: Matt Mead
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Term-Limited or Retiring 2014:
AR-D: Mike Beebe
AZ-R: Jan Brewer
MA-D: Deval Patrick
MD-D: Martin O'Malley
RI-I: Linc Chafee
TX-R: Rick Perry

 

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