State of Georgia Archives: on Immigration


Allen Buckley: Include those who don't have a great skill set

Q: Who should be allowed to immigrate to the U.S. and under what circumstances?

A: The immigration laws need to be enforced. We have a logical system, except it has not been brought up to date for decades. The numbers need to be "indexed" for world inflation, so that we annually let a reasonable number of additional people in, including those who don't have a great skill set. Foreigners who come to our country and excel in school and wish to stay should be granted visas that can potentially lead to citizenship. Innocent children brought to the U.S. by their parents should be eligible for visas that can potentially lead to citizenship. Chain migration needs to be reasonably reduced. Details are set forth on my website.

Source: AFA iVoterGuide on 2019-20 Georgia 2-year Senate Nov 3, 2020

David Perdue: Citizenship for DACA tied to cutting immigration

Q: Your opinion on immigration?

Perdue: Supports Trump proposal for DACA path to citizenship tied to cutbacks in legal Immigration and funding for wall. DACA brings "chain migration." Supported limiting visas to "create a merit-based immigration system."

Ossoff: "DREAMers are Americans," "here to stay." Supports "path to legal status for undocumented immigrants." "Strong border security doesn't require" sacrificing "our moral principles."

Source: CampusElect on 2020 Georgia Senate race Nov 3, 2020

Doug Collins: Co-sponsored Build the Wall, Enforce the Law Act

Q: Expand border walls? Reduce immigration?

Doug Collins: Yes. Co-sponsored Build the Wall, Enforce the Law Act and bill to eliminate citizenship if parents aren't citizens.

Kelly Loeffler: Yes. Co-sponsored Asylum Abuse Reduction Act. Undocumented should not get free health care.

Raphael Warnock: No. Immigration is "desperately broken." Cites Jesus as an "undocumented immigrant."

Source: CampusElect on 2019-20 Georgia 2-year Senate race Nov 3, 2020

Ed Tarver: Immigrants seek the opportunities of the American Dream

Q: Who should be allowed to immigrate to the U.S. and under what circumstances?

A: People who seek the promises and opportunities of the American Dream, who enter the United States legally or pursuant to special conditions, and who do not pose a national security or public safety risk should be allowed to immigrate.

Source: AFA iVoterGuide on 2019-20 Georgia 2-year Senate Nov 3, 2020

Jon Ossoff: DREAMers are Americans and here to stay

Q: Your opinion on immigration?

Ossoff: "DREAMers are Americans," "here to stay." Supports "path to legal status for undocumented immigrants." "Strong border security doesn't require" sacrificing "our moral principles."

Perdue: Supports Trump proposal for DACA path to citizenship tied to cutbacks in legal Immigration and funding for wall. DACA brings "chain migration." Supported limiting visas to "create a merit-based immigration system."

Source: CampusElect on 2020 Georgia Senate race Nov 3, 2020

Kelly Loeffler: Co-sponsored Asylum Abuse Reduction Act

Q: Expand border walls? Reduce immigration?

Kelly Loeffler: Yes. Co-sponsored Asylum Abuse Reduction Act. Undocumented should not get free health care.

Raphael Warnock: No. Immigration is "desperately broken." Cites Jesus as an "undocumented immigrant."

Source: CampusElect on 2019-20 Georgia 2-year Senate race Nov 3, 2020

Raphael Warnock: Jesus was an "undocumented immigrant"

Q: Expand border walls? Reduce immigration?

Raphael Warnock: No. Immigration is "desperately broken." Cites Jesus as an "undocumented immigrant."

Kelly Loeffler: Yes. Co-sponsored Asylum Abuse Reduction Act. Undocumented should not get free health care.

Source: CampusElect on 2019-20 Georgia 2-year Senate race Nov 3, 2020

Valencia Stovall: Construct wall on Mexican border; then rolling legalization

Q: Do you support the construction of a wall along the Mexican border?

A: Yes.

Q: Do you support requiring immigrants who are unlawfully present to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship?

A: No. There could be a rolling legalization, tiered legalization, and some type of amnesty program with limited family sponsorships. Some consideration should be made for those immigrants who have been in the US for years.

Source: 2019-20 Georgia 2-year Senate PVS Political Courage Test Oct 10, 2020

Jon Ossoff: Strengthen borders, path for undocumented immigrants

Strong border security doesn't require us to sacrifice our moral principles, our commitment to human rights, or our American identity as a haven for people fleeing persecution and striving for opportunity. I'll support an immigration policy that strengthens our borders, puts American workers first, respects human rights, and creates a path to legal status for undocumented immigrants who are already here and otherwise follow the law, especially those brought here as children.
Source: 2020 Georgia Senate campaign website ElectJon.com Jul 2, 2020

Teresa Tomlinson: End family separation & citizenship for DREAMers

Source: 2020 Georgia Senate campaign website, TeresaTomlinson.com Jan 12, 2020

Ted Terry: Refugees exemplify the best of what America offers

Clarkston had become an international community and just like us, white and black Americans, would never get a chance to meet someone from Burma or the Congo or Syria. Those same people would never get to meet people from other parts of the world. The reality is over 40 years every refugee resettlement in Clarkston and America you have these amazing first, second, third generation refugees who really exemplify the best of what America has to offer.
Source: Under the Radar Mag on 2020 Georgia Senate race Dec 19, 2019

Kelly Loeffler: Supports building border wall

In her introductory news conference, Loeffler pledged allegiance to Trump and decried Democrats' efforts to impeach the president as a "circus." She said she would defend the Second Amendment, support Trump's border wall and conservative judges and will be a fierce opponent of abortion. "Contrary to what you might see in the media, not every strong American woman is a liberal," she said. "Many of us are conservative and proud of it."
Source: Atlanta Journal-Const.on 2019-20 Georgia 2-year Senate race Dec 6, 2019

Brian Kemp: End DACA; round up criminal illegals

Immigration: Support DACA, allowing "Dreamers" who arrived illegally as children, then grew up in the US, to achieve legal status if meet certain conditions?

Abrams: Yes. Advocates a clean DREAM Act legislation with path to citizenship.

Kemp: No. End DACA, which "provides amnesty for illegal immigrants--many of whom are adults, not children, & includes those with criminal records."

Immigration: Support path to citizenship for America's 11 million illegal immigrants?

Abrams: No stand found.

Kemp: No. In ad, said he wants to round up "criminal illegals" in his pickup & take them home himself. Will crack down on illegal immigration.

Source: 2018 CampusElect.org Issue Guide on Georgia Governor race Nov 1, 2018

Stacey Abrams: Advocates a clean DREAM Act

Immigration: Support DACA, allowing "Dreamers" who arrived illegally as children, then grew up in the US, to achieve legal status if meet certain conditions?

Abrams: Yes. Advocates a clean DREAM Act legislation with path to citizenship.

Kemp: No. End DACA, which "provides amnesty for illegal immigrants--many of whom are adults, not children, & includes those with criminal records."

Immigration: Support path to citizenship for America's 11 million illegal immigrants?

Abrams: No stand found.

Kemp: No. In ad, said he wants to round up "criminal illegals" in his pickup & take them home himself. Will crack down on illegal immigration.

Source: 2018 CampusElect.org Issue Guide on Georgia Governor race Nov 1, 2018

Shane Hazel: Shut off the welfare magnet; have troops patrol border

Hazel believes that ending welfare will stop illegal immigrants from coming to the U.S., and ending foreign wars would free up U.S. troops to patrol our Southern border.

"Shut off the welfare magnet. Period. No illegals get welfare from the United States. That will start pushing them back right there," he said, eliciting applause. "We can bring our troops home and secure the southern border really quick."

Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitutionon 2020 Georgia Senate race Apr 4, 2018

Casey Cagle: Double headline - Already Done

[Casey Cagle talking to camera]: Political talkers may mean well but leaders get things done. [Caption: Casey Cagle Conservative Republican leader]

I'll always stand for our families and our conservative values...[Caption: Pro-life. Pro-second Amendment]

...but results require decisive action. That's why I led the fight for one of the toughest crackdowns on illegal immigration... [Photo: police with Casey Cagle]

.And outlawed and defunded Sanctuary cities. [Headline: AJC 11-7-17: "Casey Cagle personally accuses Decatur of defying State immigration law"]

And I will hold them accountable, to help law enforcement protect our loved ones from criminal illegal aliens. [photo: police with Casey Cagle; Headline: WABE 10-11-17: "Lieutenant Governor threatens Decatur's funding over perceived Sanctuary status."]

[Female narrator]: Conservative Casey Cagle leads. [Video with Casey Cagle with wife and three young children]

Source: OnTheIssues AdWatch on 2018 Georgia Gubernatorial race Mar 22, 2018

Brian Kemp: Georgia interests over immigrants

Defund sanctuary cities and campuses. Stop taxpayer funded subsidies for illegal immigrants. Protect our Georgia values. Put the needs of hardworking Georgians ahead of special interests
Source: 2018 Georgia Gubernatorial website KempForGovernor.com Sep 1, 2017

Hunter Hill: No sanctuary cities in Georgia

First and foremost, my priority as your Governor is keeping Georgians safe from harm. I stand with President Trump. I am opposed to sanctuary cities that harbor illegal immigrants from being deported. We will hold those who break our laws accountable. As Governor, if a city in Georgia decides to harbor illegal immigrants, they won't receive a nickel of state funding.
Source: 2018 Georgia Gubernatorial website VoteHunterHill.com Sep 1, 2017

Karen Handel: Ok with 6-country immigration ban, but no religious test

Handel aligned herself with the president when asked about the biggest items on his agenda, but she also indicated she wasn't afraid of disagreeing with him. She backed the Trump's proposal to temporarily block visitors from six primarily Muslim Middle East nations while homeland security officials revamp their vetting process for foreign visitors, but she said she would not support any sort of "religious litmus test."
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution on 2017 Georgia House debate Jun 6, 2017

Jon Ossoff: Unconstitutional to slander or ban entire religious groups

Jon's mother is an immigrant who became a small business owner, an American citizen, and a champion for women's rights. America should welcome those strivers who, like our own forebears, seek the opportunity to work hard, play by the rules, and build better lives in America.

Jon believes it is a violation of core American principles to slander entire religious groups and that it's unconstitutional to ban anyone from entering our country on religious grounds.

Source: 2017 Georgia House campaign website, ElectJon.com Apr 21, 2017

Brian Kemp: Crack down on illegal immigration

Secretary of State Brian Kemp opened his campaign for governor Saturday by borrowing themes from Donald Trump, pledging a "Georgia first" strategy that would crack down on illegal immigration as he took aim at establishment forces and the media.

The Athens Republican took broadsides against "fake news" and the well-connected political status quo. And he talked in tough terms about Georgia's efforts to block those in the country illegally from voting or receiving state benefits. "This is Georgia," he said. "We will be putting Georgia first."

Kemp said he did not plan to step down from his role as Georgia's top elections officer through the campaign. That would give him a statewide platform through November 2018, but also would deny him about three months of fundraising during next year's legislative session.

Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution on 2018 Georgia governor race Apr 1, 2017

Stacey Abrams: Colleges need not act as immigration enforcement officers

HB 37: Would prohibit any private postsecondary institution eligible for tuition equalization grants from implementing a sanctuary policy. Sanctuary policies restrict employees' cooperation with federal and state officials or law enforcement officers reporting immigration status information. Any private postsecondary institution that refuses to cooperate may lose state funding or state-administered federal funding, which includes scholarship funds received by students of the institution.

MY VOTE: NO. Institutions of higher learning should not be compelled to act as immigration enforcement officers for any branch of government. More concerning, if the institution violates the policy, all students would be punished. For example, if a school violates the policy, any HOPE Grant recipient could lose his or her funding, regardless of immigration status.

Source: 2018 campaign website on Georgia voting record HB 37 Mar 30, 2017

Drew Ferguson: We CANNOT allow this flow of unvetted refugees to continue

Just ANOTHER Refugee? President Obama continues to go out of his way to get more and more Syrian refugees into the United States. Tens of thousands of refugees that we know NOTHING about. We could easily be letting in dangerous individuals who pose an immediate threat to our national security.

Well, enough is enough. We CANNOT allow this flow of unvetted refugees to continue. Their entry into our country not only threatens our national security, but it also stands to pose a direct threat to the safety of each and every American. Our families and communities stand to be at risk.

We must secure our borders and increase our national security NOW, not after something bad happens. The LAST thing we need in our country is additional unvetted refugees from terror hot spots around the world.

Source: 2016 Georgia House campaign website FergusonForGeorgia.com Nov 8, 2016

Jim Barksdale: Pass comprehensive reform & bring 11M out of shadows

We are a nation of immigrants, and Jim strongly believes the time has come for our elected leaders in Washington to listen to the people and pass comprehensive immigration reform. Bringing the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants out of the shadows and into the full light of our American freedom will strengthen our economy and reduce our deficit. It would also end the wage exploitation undocumented workers face that is wrong and undermines wages for all Americans.

Jim believes we need a comprehensive solution that protects our borders, provides a pathway to legal status and, in some cases, citizenship for undocumented workers that work hard, pay taxes and want to raise their families in our democracy. After nearly a decade of trying, comprehensive immigration reform passed the U.S. Senate in 2013. Unfortunately, the Speaker of the House did not have the courage to allow a vote on the measure.

Source: 2016 Georgia Senate campaign website JimBarksdale.com Aug 8, 2016

Rick Allen: Our borders remain vulnerable; block any amnesty

Immigration is another example of Washington's failure to solve the major problems facing our nation. For the last few decades, politicians have debated the problem of illegal immigrants, yet our borders remain vulnerable. We must immediately secure the border, enforce the laws we currently have on the books, and block any solution that includes amnesty for illegals.
Source: 2014 Georgia House campaign website, RickWAllen.com Nov 4, 2014

Greg Orman: Tough, practical, fair policy: no amnesty but no deportation

Orman said, "I believe our policy on immigration needs to be tough, practical and fair," describing the outlines of a plan passed with bipartisan support in the Senate last summer. To deport 11.5 million people would not be economically advisable, he said, citing industries in Kansas that would be "decimated" by such a policy. Instead, Orman said he would have immigrants in the U.S. illegally register with the government, pay a fine or perform community service, hold down a job, pay taxes and obey laws in order to stay.

Roberts repeated over and over again the importance of border security. He also said, "you're not going to get any immigration policy as long as Harry Reid is the majority leader of the Senate. He uses immigration as a political tool." Mr. Obama, he warned, planned to "declare amnesty for illegal aliens" by executive order and said the president would be backed by Orman.

"I do not support amnesty," Orman responded.

Source: CBS News on 2014 Georgia Senate debate Oct 15, 2014

Amanda Swafford: No caps on number of visas allowed

Our immigration laws do not reflect the way individuals and our labor markets actually work. Therefore we must: