State of Tennessee Archives: on Immigration
Secure the border & enforce laws already on the books
Ending Illegal Immigration: We must secure the border and enforce the laws already on the books. Period. As United States Attorney I enforced the laws and sent criminals back to their country of origin.
President Obama's immigration executive orders are unconstitutional and must be reversed. Illegal immigration is also a national security issue. A secure country must have secure borders.
Our fight against ISIS and other terrorists must include securing the border.
I am for legal immigration, but our system is broken.
We must fix our system and allow those who play by the rules to become productive members of our society.
Source: 2016 Tennessee House campaign website KustoffForCongress.com
Nov 8, 2016
Fair and just path to citizenship
Our country owes its very existence to immigrants. America is unique precisely because we embrace so many differences. That diversity makes us stronger, more innovative, and more creative. It always has. Our descendants were immigrants. Millions of
Americans can tell countless stories, all of them uniquely American, and reaching back for generations, about their immigrant-ancestors.
We need common sense immigration reform that will contain two basic components:This type of reform will be true to the rule of law, to America's tradition as a nation of immigrants, and to our need to invest in America's future.
Source: 2014 Tennessee Senate campaign website, GordonBallSenate.com
Aug 7, 2014
- It must uphold existing laws,
protecting our borders and enforcing our laws against recruiting, hiring, and exploiting undocumented workers.
- It must be fair to all taxpayers and to legal immigrants. We must have a fair and just path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants, one
that would require them to pay taxes and be registered before their path to citizenship begins.
AdWatch: Border crisis was created by giving amnesty to 11M
Sen. Lamar Alexander's (R-TN) primary challenger, state Rep. Joe Carr, picked up another national Tea Party endorsement on the same day he released a new statewide radio ad. The issue at the center of both the Tea Party Patriots' endorsement and
Carr's new ad is Alexander's alleged support for "amnesty" for illegal immigrants, a charge Carr has made central to his campaign against the senator.
The Tea Party Patriots endorsement praised Carr as a "genuine leader" in the fight against illegal immigration, criticizing Alexander for being one of the 14 Republicans to vote for the reform bill that passed the Senate last year.
Carr's radio ad
hits Alexander on his support for the immigration measure, charging that the senator "voted with Democrats to pass a bill creating a border crisis by giving amnesty to 11 million illegal aliens."
Source: The Hill weblog AdWatch on 2014 Tennessee Senate race
Jul 10, 2014
More border security; more enforcement
I can summarize my solution for illegal immigration in one word: “enforcement.” Enforce border security. Enforce the laws on the books, and penalize businesses that knowingly hire undocumented workers in order to protect American jobs.
Source: www.tukefortennessee.com, “Issues”
Apr 4, 2008
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