State of Kentucky Archives: on Immigration


C. Wesley Morgan: Ten year moratorium on all immigration

Q: What should the United States do to help eradicate the threat of radical Islamic terrorism?

A: A ten year moratorium on all immigration should be imposed. We should return all the people that have been brought into this country since 2008 to their country of origin. Unless they have become U.S citizens. Law enforcement should be allowed to infiltrate religious masks if there is probable cause to believe they are working to support Islamic terrorism.

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

A: Nobody for the next ten years. After that only persons who show the ability to contribute to the overall well being of the U.S.

Source: AFA iVoterGuide on 2020 Kentucky Senate race Nov 3, 2020

Amy McGrath: Give DREAMers a chance to become full citizens

Q: Create path to citizenship for "DACA" participants brought to the U.S. as children?

Amy McGrath: Yes. "Congress needs to extend DACA or enact legislation that will give DREAMers a chance to become full citizens."

Mitch McConnell: Mixed. Supported some protections for DACA recipients in exchange for strongly restricting legal immigration. Rejected House bill offering a path to citizenship, though might consider in broader deal.

Source: CampusElect on 2020 Kentucky Senate race Oct 10, 2020

Mitch McConnell: Some protections for DACA but restrict immigration

Q: Create path to citizenship for "DACA" participants brought to the U.S. as children?

Mitch McConnell: Mixed. Supported some protections for DACA recipients in exchange for strongly restricting legal immigration. Rejected House bill offering a path to citizenship, though might consider in broader deal.

Amy McGrath: Yes. "Congress needs to extend DACA or enact legislation that will give DREAMers a chance to become full citizens."

Source: CampusElect on 2020 Kentucky Senate race Oct 10, 2020

Amy McGrath: For secure borders & meaningful immigration reform

The current immigration crisis is the product of a growing number of migrants who have come to the border without papers fleeing violence by the drug cartels. Border patrol performs an essential function in keeping our borders secure. We need leaders with the courage to stand for secure borders, but also who will enforce it in a humane way in accordance with our American values. We will only solve this problem if Congress is willing to act on meaningful immigration reform.
Source: 2020 Kentucky Senate campaign website AmyMcGrath.com Jun 30, 2020

Charles Booker: Supports path to citizenship for undocumented

Charles supports immigration reform with a pathway to citizenship for young people and adults. Charles would support legislation that makes it illegal to separate children from their families at the border, end the "Remain in Mexico" policies, require the Administration to properly process asylum claims, reassess legal immigration quotas, codify Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and Deferred Action for Parents of Arrivals, and create a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants.
Source: 2020 Kentucky Senate campaign website BookerForKentucky.com Jun 17, 2020

Steven Cox: Rise to the occasion to welcome immigrants & refugees

When someone comes to our country for protection or a better life, we rise to the occasion and be the America we were meant to be, with liberty and justice for all.
Source: 2020 Kentucky Senate website CoxForUS.com Feb 6, 2020

Wesley Morgan: Supports "real border enforcement"; opposes amnesty

The federal government has failed to enforce our nation's immigration laws. I support real border enforcement and oppose amnesty.
Source: 2020 Kentucky Senate website WesleyMorganForSenate.com Feb 6, 2020

Adam Edelen: Think about human impact of anti-immigrant laws

The moderator asked if the candidates would allow undocumented immigrants to have a driver's license. He said many undocumented people get pulled over for a minor issue and they don't have a license. They are afraid to go to court for fear of being deported. There are 12 states that allow undocumented driver's licenses.

Beshear's representative said he doesn't know what Andy Beshear thinks about undocumented people getting driver's licenses. He blamed the fear of deportation on the hatred and intimidation coming from Washington.

Adam Edelen admitted that he wasn't aware of the problem. "I have a campaign where we have DREAMers working on our campaign. I'm ashamed that I've never thought about the human impact on a basic level of people just trying to live their lives."

Source: Insider Louisville blog on 2019 Kentucky governor's race Apr 26, 2019

Andy Beshear: Intimidation and fear of deportation comes out of DC

The moderator asked if the candidates would allow undocumented immigrants to have a driver's license. He said many undocumented people get pulled over for a minor issue and they don't have a license. They are afraid to go to court for fear of being deported. There are 12 states that allow undocumented driver's licenses.

Beshear's representative said he doesn't know what Andy Beshear thinks about undocumented people getting driver's licenses. He blamed the fear of deportation on the hatred and intimidation coming from Washington.

Adam Edelen admitted that he wasn't aware of the problem. "I have a campaign where we have Dreamers working on our campaign. I'm ashamed that I've never thought about the human impact on a basic level of people just trying to live their lives."

Source: Insider Louisville blog on 2019 Kentucky governor's race Apr 26, 2019

Rocky Adkins: Recognize diversity of Kentucky as a welcoming state

Rocky Adkins co-sponsored House Resolution 44: To recognize the Commonwealth of Kentucky as a welcoming state that celebrates the growing diversity of its residents and acknowledges that refugees, immigrants, and all newcomers enhance the culture and the economy; proclaim February 16, 2017, to be Refugee and Immigrant Day at the Capital.

Legislative outcome:Adopted by voice vote, 02/16/17.

Source: Kentucky legislative voting records: House Resolution 44 Feb 7, 2017

James Comer: Vocally in support of building a wall on the southern border

I have been very vocal in my support of building a wall on the southern border, opposing any illegal amnesty, and locating every illegal in the US and quickly returning them to wherever they came from. I believe that the free market is the best environment for industry to grow, and that the government needs to get out of the way of industry to let the free market prosper. We need to significantly reduce the regulatory burden on our US businesses.
Source: 2016 AFA Action iVoterGuide on Kentucky House race Nov 8, 2016

James Comer: Support the wall; oppose amnesty & sanctuary cities

The inflow of illegal aliens is a serious problem. I am opposed to amnesty, sanctuary cities, and believe the best solution to our immigration problem is to build a wall to protect our borders.
Source: 2016 Kentucky House campaign website JamesComer.com Nov 8, 2016

Alison Grimes: Supports bipartisan comprehensive immigration reform

In her first specific comments on what would be a priority for her if elected, Grimes singled out immigration reform. "My hope is that our current senior senator will not block the efforts of the bipartisan work that the Gang of Eight is trying to do for immigration reform," Grimes said in an interview with WHAS11.

"As the issues are going on, especially the ongoing negotiations and meetings, I look forward to having further substantive conversations with you about those," Grimes said. In a key procedural vote on Monday afternoon, McConnell voted against cloture, saying the immigration reform bill was flawed.

Source: WHAS-11 coverage of 2014 Kentucky Senate debates Jul 24, 2013

Mitch McConnell: Border security first: the key to getting a final outcome

Q: How important is it to you to act this year to get some kind of immigration reform?

McCONNELL: Well, I hope we can. As you know, I'm the proud husband of an immigrant. A young girl came here at age eight, not speaking a word of English. In fact, her parents didn't have enough money for a plane ticket. They came over on a freighter with the freight. And my wife, Elaine Chao, became secretary of labor, and was in President Bush's cabinet. Look, I'm a big fan of what legal immigration has done for our country. The Senate bill, in my view, is deficient on the issue of border security.

Q: How do you deal with 11-12 million illegal immigrants in the country now without a pathway to citizenship?

McCONNELL: Well, you know, I think the stickiest issue actually is border security. The question is can we actually get the border secure and not have this happen again? That's the stickiest issue. We need to seriously beef up the border security part. I think that's the key to getting a final outcome.

Source: Meet the Press 2013 on 2014 Kentucky Senate race Jul 14, 2013

Rand Paul: Obamacare treats illegal aliens because it's illegal to ask

Q: You want to repeal Obamacare and replace it with what you call market-driven principles.

PAUL: We had 45 million people nationwide that were not receiving or didn't have health insurance. A third of them were in the country illegally and were illegal aliens. And I don't think we should be giving illegal aliens health insurance.

Q: No, that's not true. Illegal aliens are not covered by "Obamacare."

PAUL: I know, but it's illegal to ask them if they're illegal, so it's sort of a Catch-22. The Republicans kept introducing an amendment to Obamacare to say, "You can ask if they're illegal aliens," and the Democrats kept shooting it down, saying, "No, you can't ask whether they're here legally or illegally."

Source: Fox News Sunday, 2010 Kentucky Senate debate Oct 3, 2010

Jack Conway: Be tough & sensible; increase border security

As far as immigration, Conway says we need to increase border security and be "tough, sensible, and fair."

When it comes to the mosque in New York City he feels we should lean more towards the sensitivities of the 9/11 families.

Source: WBKO coverage of 2010 Kentucky Senate debate Aug 24, 2010

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2020 Presidential contenders on Immigration:
  Democrats running for President:
Sen.Michael Bennet (D-CO)
V.P.Joe Biden (D-DE)
Mayor Mike Bloomberg (I-NYC)
Gov.Steve Bullock (D-MT)
Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D-IN)
Sen.Cory Booker (D-NJ)
Secy.Julian Castro (D-TX)
Gov.Lincoln Chafee (L-RI)
Rep.John Delaney (D-MD)
Rep.Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI)
Sen.Amy Klobuchar (D-MN)
Gov.Deval Patrick (D-MA)
Sen.Bernie Sanders (I-VT)
CEO Tom Steyer (D-CA)
Sen.Elizabeth Warren (D-MA)
Marianne Williamson (D-CA)
CEO Andrew Yang (D-NY)

2020 Third Party Candidates:
Rep.Justin Amash (L-MI)
CEO Don Blankenship (C-WV)
Gov.Lincoln Chafee (L-RI)
Howie Hawkins (G-NY)
Gov.Gary Johnson(L-NM)
Howard Schultz(I-WA)
Gov.Jesse Ventura (I-MN)
Republicans running for President:
Sen.Ted Cruz(R-TX)
Gov.Larry Hogan (R-MD)
Gov.John Kasich(R-OH)
V.P.Mike Pence(R-IN)
Gov.Mark Sanford (R-SC)
Pres.Donald Trump(R-NY)
Rep.Joe Walsh (R-IL)
Gov.Bill Weld(R-MA & L-NY)

2020 Withdrawn Democratic Candidates:
Sen.Stacey Abrams (D-GA)
Mayor Bill de Blasio (D-NYC)
Sen.Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY)
Sen.Mike Gravel (D-AK)
Sen.Kamala Harris (D-CA)
Gov.John Hickenlooper (D-CO)
Gov.Jay Inslee (D-WA)
Mayor Wayne Messam (D-FL)
Rep.Seth Moulton (D-MA)
Rep.Beto O`Rourke (D-TX)
Rep.Tim Ryan (D-CA)
Adm.Joe Sestak (D-PA)
Rep.Eric Swalwell (D-CA)
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