Questions for Candidates
Each candidate and representative is asked to fill out the questionnaire below. It is designed to provide the reader with a better understanding of the person's view and a better feel for how the candidate or representative will respond to future issues.The candidates can answer the questions in an email or using their facebook login on this site. The responses to this questionnaire are shown under the appropriate issue. The candidate can answer as many or as few of the questions as they desire. If you would like a candidate or representative answer these questions, email them.
Do you support measures to allow citizens of other nations residing in the US illegally to remain in the nation indefinitely as a citizen or under a different legal status?
Actions Against Illegal Aliens
If you oppose legislation to make illegal aliens US citizens or grant them permanent resident status, what course of action would you support to enforce the law? This could include enforcing existing laws against employers who hire illegal aliens, enforcement against illegal aliens themselves, or other measures.
The DREAM Act would grant in state tuition rates at colleges and universities to illegal aliens. It would also grant citizenship to those who graduated high school in the US and go on to attend college even though they are in the country illegally. Do you support the DREAM Act?
In 1986 a law called Simpson-Mizzoli granted amnesty to illegal aliens in return to increased enforcement of immigration laws. That legislation also asserts that it is the sense of Congress that US immigrations laws should be enforced. If you support a new reform is passed to provide a pathway to citizenship to illegal aliens, what measures would you use to ensure that another wave of illegal aliens would not be granted amnesty in another 20 or 30 years?
Arizona and Other States
Arizona and other states have passed laws in an effort to use state and local law enforcement to discourage illegal immigration and enforce federal laws. Was this action consistent with the constitutional delegation of powers?
Numerous cites such as San Francisco declare that federal immigration laws will not be applied within their jurisdiction. They also exempt illegal aliens from laws they are broken solely as a result of their status, such as driving and employment laws. Do you support these policies? Would you move to end them?
The federal government has a program called E-Verify that allows employers to run a possible employee's social security number and name through an electronic database and then determine if that number is valid. Do you support the requirement that any company doing government work be required to use this program?
Current vs Former Immigrants
If you support the deportation of illegal aliens or other mechanisms of enforcement of immigration laws, how does the current wave of illegal aliens differ from those who came in previous decades?