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- 10-20-2006, 05:42 PM #31
5th Dist, Hal Spake, Democrat, Stay.
Dist 2 ,Congressman Dan Boren, Democrat, Go.
Not having much luck with Oklahoma for our side! :cry:Build the dam fence post haste!
- 10-20-2006, 06:08 PM #32
Dist. 2 Okla, US Congressman John Sullivan, Rep. Go!Build the dam fence post haste!
- 10-20-2006, 06:17 PM #33
From what I can gather...it looks like these states have been taken:
Pennsylvania, Colorado Virginia, Oregon, Alabama, Texas, Florida,
Oklahoma, North Carolina, Arkansas, Arizona
anyone see anyone else that needs to be added to the list?Please help save America for our children and grandchildren... they are counting on us. THEY DESERVE the goodness of AMERICA not to be given to those who are stealing our children's future! ... and a congress who works for THEM!
- 10-20-2006, 06:26 PM #34
US House 1
Robert Marion Berry (D)
Mickey D. 'Stubby' Stumbaugh (R)LEAVE
Leave. And if you would like to know how our country could make that happen, just call or email the campaign. (5017432057) but to answer your question as you would like, leave. Thanks.
"Sent via BlackBerry."
US House 2
Andy Mayberry (R)
Victor F. 'Vic' Snyder (D)
US House 3
Woodrow Anderson (D)...LEAVE
Leave. If you would like more than a one word answer, I would be happy to provide one.
Be sure to watch the debate tonight at 7p.m. on AETN.
Early voting begins today.
Woodrow Anderson for Congress
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Joe C. Ross (R)
Mike Ross (D)
Will post responses as I receive them.Please help save America for our children and grandchildren... they are counting on us. THEY DESERVE the goodness of AMERICA not to be given to those who are stealing our children's future! ... and a congress who works for THEM!
- 10-20-2006, 06:43 PM #35
Anybody can edit this list.
VAEnglishmen, who have no right in this kingdom of France, the King of Heaven sends you word and warning...depart into your own country... Joan of Arc.
- 10-20-2006, 07:52 PM #36
Here are the answers I received so far:
Bob Casey: pure bull, just a diatribe about Rich Santorum
I encourage you to take a look at the following links:
I hope you find this information helpful.
Tim Murphy: good guy, great record on illegal immigration.
Thank you for emailing me with your questions and concerns; shortly you
should receive a written response. While I review and respond to your
inquiry, I invite you to visit my website at http://murphy.house.gov. If
you are interested in receiving my email newsletter describing important
votes and key committee activity, please visit my website and sign up.
Congressman Tim Murphy
Dr. S. Porter
Leave. But to do that without securing our borders first is folly.
Illegal aliens out.
No more free schools and welfare for illegal aliens.
Enforce our current laws and protect our borders.
Thank you for you're interest in my campaign.
Anyone in this country illegally should be returned to their country of origin.
So my answer to your question is...............Go.
GO And as soon as possible Don Hilliard PA-05
Thank you for contacting Congressman Todd Platts' campaign office - The
People for Platts Committee. Congressman Platts greatly appreciates
your support and we will respond to your message shortly.
If you have an issue for Congressman Platts' official office, you can
e-mail him via his congressional website at www.house.gov/platts or call
one of his offices listed below. Thank you again and best wishes.
Toll-Free Phone Number: 1-877-902-1919
Adams County District Office, 22 Chambersburg Street, Gettysburg, PA
17325, Phone: (717) 338-1919, Fax: (717) 334-6314
Cumberland County District Office, 59 West Louther Street, Carlisle, PA
17013, Phone: (717) 249-0190, Fax: (717) 218-0190
York County District Office, 2209 East Market Street, York, PA 17402,
Phone: (717) 600-1919, Fax: (717) 757-5001
Washington, DC Office, The Honorable Todd Platts, 1032 Longworth House
Office Building, Washington, DC 20515, Phone: (202) 225-5836, Fax:
Will post more if or when I receive them.
- 10-20-2006, 08:31 PM #37
Jon Kyl (R)
Jim Pederson (D)
US House 1
Richard 'Rick' Renzi (R)
Ellen Simon (D)
US House 2
Trent Franks (R)
US House 2
John Thrasher (D) (IMO)STAY
No illegals should stay, and if their kids are legal, what would you do with them? I suppose they could be left behind. We have dropped the ball from the Immigration Act of 1986, where NO employer can hire an illegal. Do you understand this is what caused the problem and the rich businesses are pleased to get slave labor here as Bush ships off our the best jobs overseas? At the same time the Bush administration is not providing jobs for our people, because they will not work for slave labor. Duh, raise the minimum wage.
I'm 100% against Amnesty and I'm 100% against those that do not declare hiring illegal aliens. If we pay them, and if we give them jobs, they'll be here. NO JOBS is NO ILLEGALS.
My opponent Trent Franks has crushed education for those young kids, calling it dysfunctional, and will not support anything with the word PUBLIC in it, even after printing on his political signs young children to get his emotional votes. Mr Franks has no children of his own, to my knowledge. He is connected to Tom Delay who is an indicted elected official, and voting lockstep as a rubber stamp to Bush's failed policies. This is all against your concerns, and we have to worry about your question with Franks decisions like this? As a teacher of 40 years and having a superior reputation of helping students become educated, there then should be no question about my vote. You can have the same or continue the status quo. At 8 billion dollars a month for an illegal occupation, killing our kids with no one to shoot at, where is our strength now, to support Oil over People, I doubt it. 580 Billion dollars at 12% interest to China will soon make us obligated and we are finished as an America. Korea, China, Russia, Iran, Iraq, etc, refuse to discuss anything with Bush. So, get real. We must make a chance now and put America first, respect all the people and regain the respect of the World. Your Voice, Your Choice is John Thrasher
Please call me any time: 602.978.6767
Your next congressman John Thrasher for the future of our kids. Vote for me as if your life depends on it, because your kids life does.ANY YOU WANT TO SELL US OUT TO ILLEGAL ALIENS! YOU ALL SHOULD BE ASHAMED!
US House 3 (IMO)...STAY
Herb Paine (D)
Thank you for your inquiry.
If only the question you ask was so simple as to allow a one-word response.
I believe that every person who crosses our border should cross legally. If they do not, they should be made to leave.
Now, if I might, I would like to ask you a question, because I sincerely am interested in your perspective on what is truly a complex problem, if not a terrible mess, that we’ve inherited because our representatives have chosen to ignore it for years.
Given the 10 million+ illegal immigrants in the U.S., most of whom were attracted by the job opportunities that American employers offered, what would you favor as an appropriate policy? Should we proceed to locate and deport them all – and, if so, how shall we implement such a massive deportation? Should we establish disincentives that result in a steady exodus, a process of attrition? Should we acknowledge the economic contributions of those who have been here for a long time and establish appropriate pathways to citizenship? (Clearly, for the drug smugglers, coyotes, and criminals, “go” is the answer.)
I am trusting that you will take my questions in the spirit with which they’re directed – to understand better, what you, as a fellow-citizen, see as our appropriate course of action.
US House 3
John B. Shadegg (R)
US House 4
Don J. Karg (R)
Utopia does not exist.
Both Parties, Many Corporations, Many Foundations, many "non profit" organization [La Raza/NCLR], over 70 cities are breaking/overriding federal law 1996 [Sanctuary Cities] and millions of freedom seekers [and "disenfranchised" citizens] have wiggled us into a giant mess and you want a yes or no answer.
I appreciate the pressure 17 days before the election.
According to some who "believed to hear" at the Emanuel Temple in Tempe, Arizona that I am going to make a Giant Wall, and throw everyone back.
I warn many people of this change in thinking [over-reacting in different directions], ---Hitler, ---don't do it.
Loading people up into Trucks and on to Trains will be a field day for the international medias---as they will use Chavez's U.N Speech---the Devil.
That will be the end of [Former Senator] Gary Hart's Empire [C-Span speech a few years back]---.
http://www.amazon.com/Fourth-Power-Stra ... 0195176839
Editorial Reviews From Booklist
Since the end of the cold war, assorted pundits have bemoaned America's supposed lack of a strategy for a drastically altered world order. Of course, the emergence of Islamic terror groups and the shock and devastation of 9/11 made this lack seem even more critical. Hart is a former senator and presidential candidate who has recently written and lectured extensively on foreign policy. Hart fears that containment of communism has been supplanted by a blatant strategy of empire as the basis of American foreign policy. Although Hart avoids anti-Bush polemics, he clearly rejects what he regards as the unilateral, even bullying efforts by the current administration to promote our geopolitical interests. As an alternative, Hart promotes a foreign policy designed to advance the "fourth power"--that is, the power^B of core American values, including representative government and individual liberty. The attractiveness and dangers of an idealistic foreign policy are evident. One can argue that Wilson's combination of idealism and ignorance led to disaster at Versailles. Still, Hart states his case with eloquence and generally sound reasoning, and his assertions deserve to be seriously considered. Jay Freeman
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If illegal without a passport---deportation is mandatory---that is the law, that is on the books----enforcement of the law that is by the People===get to work----I have--- since 1988---it is a big job by myself, I do need help.
How do you do this (JAK)? When your Corporations [Fedex/UPS/Chevron/Walmart/Unions/Chambers/Churches/etc...], Cities , U.S. Senators [4 million paid for promotion of Open Borders after the big marches], the "independent" Federal Reserve, and Congressman [La Raza] are aiding and abetting the enemy? As your President has bought into the March 23, 2005 Agreement from Robert A. Pastor [American Universities/James Baker & Jimmy Carter/Carlyle Group/Council of Foreign Relations/La Raza]—NAU--The North American Union---Amero will be the currency—as I am told on CNN by Lou Dobbs.
I enforce the written law and go by the old constitution and the Bill of Rights.
Please respond back positive or negative
US House 4
Ed Pastor (D)
US House 5 (IMO)...STAY
Harry Mitchell (D)
Thank you for your email.
Enforcing our nation's immigration laws is an absolutely necessary
ingredient to securing the U.S.-Mexico border. Failure to do so will
undoubtedly lead to further chaos at the border, encourage even more illegal
crossings, and make it difficult for us to monitor who is within our borders
and for what purpose. To address the problem by simply stating "stay" or
"leave" doesn't address the complexity of the situation we are faced with.
Catching and deporting 11 million illegal immigrants, as some have
suggested, is neither realistic nor wise. Harry believes that deporting
those who have been here for 20 years, worked hard, paid taxes and have
American-born children - as Hayworth suggests - is un-American.We certainly cannot afford to do what J.D. Hayworth has done in the past:
grant amnesty to illegal immigrants, oppose common-sense immigration reform
and vote against border security. Under Hayworth's watch, the number of
illegal immigrants in Arizona has risen 400 percent.
Harry believes that we can't end illegal immigration by yelling and
screaming and demagoguing the issue. He believes that it is time for a
tough, realistic and bipartisan effort to crack down on employers who
knowingly hire illegal immigrants and to create an immigration system that
meets the needs of Arizona's economy.
Harry believes it takes bipartisan cooperation and he will work with
Republicans and Democrats alike to achieve real results for Arizona.
Harry Mitchell for Congress
US House 6
US House 7
Ron Drake (R) STAY :evil: :evil: (THIS IS ACTUALLY THE EASY WAY OUT!)
Stay while we secure the border, stay while we are getting the tamperproof immigration and social security cards in place to protect U.S. employers and U.S. citizens, stay if the person signs up for a commuter or legal alien worker program.
After we secure the border, get the U.S. employer and U.S. employee protections in place, provide for commuter and legal alien worker programs, after these programs are in place and a person is still an illegal alien, LEAVE.
You want an easy answer to a complicated issue. If it were so easy, it would already be done.
Ultimately, the easy answer is GO. Though the illegal alien is the issue, the people in the U.S. who hire and sustain these people with wages, salary, etc. (money) are very much to blame.
Terry R. Krukemyer
Ron Drake for Congress, AZ CD 7
P.O. Box 86958
Tucson, AZ 85754-6958
520-461-2076 Cell (Always ON)
US House 7
Raúl M. Grijalva (D)
US House 8
Gabrielle Giffords (D) (since Giffords won't commit...I would say )
Thank you for your note. I have tried to be very clear about my
position on immigration and border security. If you go to my website
(www.giffordsforcongress.com) on the section "On the Issues" you will
find detailed information on my positions on both of these issues. I
agree with you that we all need to be clear and have a plan to address
the immigration crisis and I am partially running for Congress because
I am concerned that the federal government has been ignoring this
problem for years with Arizona paying the price.
In my position, I state that I support the McCain immigration bill
that provides, among other provisions that strengthen the border and
tighten security, one solution to deal with the presence of immigrants
in our country. If you have another suggestion, I would be happy to
hear it -- I am willing and eager to hear all of the positions of
voters in this district on this issue and I will try to reflect their
position when I do get to congress.
In regard to my question...your answer would be stay? Correct?
My answer, as it states on my website and in the McCain proposal,
would be that some would be allowed to stay if they followed the
following guidelines: learned English, paid back taxes, paid a fine
and had no criminal record. All of the others would have to leave.
So both stay and leave are correct.
Randy J. Graf (R)Please help save America for our children and grandchildren... they are counting on us. THEY DESERVE the goodness of AMERICA not to be given to those who are stealing our children's future! ... and a congress who works for THEM!
- 10-20-2006, 08:38 PM #38
US House 2 8O
Arjinderpal Singh 'A.J.' Sekhon (D)
Illegal aliens means illegal, they should be rounded up and deported back (on their expense )to the country they came from.
US House 10
Darcy Pearl Linn (R) LEAVE!
I am not in favor of any policy that rewards people who break the law. As human beings we only continue to behave a certain way if there is a reward for that behavior. I favor very tight border security, and heavier penalties for employers who hire illegals. I like the Mike Pence/Kay Bailey Hutchison bill that proposes heavy border security but recognizes the need for a temporary-worker program that operates without amnesty. This plan propose "setting up a system of privateemployment placement agencies outside the United States (called "Ellis Island Centers"), licensed by the federal government, to match willing temporary workers with jobs that employers cannot fill with American workers." It proposes heavy fines for companies caught hiring illegals and has the private sector managing work permits for people who want to work and live temporaruly in this country. after a time, if they have learned to speak english, this work permit can be renewned but only once. After that they eitheir return to their country or become citizens. The private agencies would also perform health screenings, fingerprint the guest workers and provide that information for federal background checks.
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Tom Lantos (D) I don't see a way to reach him by email. Would someone else like to try this one?
Washington DC Web Address:
Washington DC Web Mail Address:
Campaign Web Address:
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Charel Winston (R)... LEAVE
leave but how do we handle the cost and what do we do about the children
i will give you more of anwser if you want i do have a anwser
Will post her detailed answer...for you to see when I receive it.
I do not support people coming into our country illegally. PERIOD. While I support the concept of having illegal aliens leave, I have problems with the costs associated with such an action. Further, the subject of economic repercussions of such an action are troubling. Whether we like to admit it or not, the United States economy and California's economy in particular has come to depend on low-wage labor--which is largely done by illegal aliens. A massive deportation could not occur without a serious disruption to our economy.
There is also the problem of the children of these immigrants, particularly if the child was born in the United States. By law they are American citizens. Should we separate a child from his/her parents because they came in here illegally?
We must secure our borders. That is step number 1. We cannot continue to allow an influx of aliens to continue. Second, we must deal with existing aliens in a considered manner, not reacting to the heat of the moment. THis is a serious issue with a number of ramifications that cannot be ignored. A one-size-fits-all solution is clearly inappropriate.
I hope I have answered your question.
( You did! I thought you might have been okay, but after re-reading this...I don't think so! )
US House 18 ...(IMO) STAY
Dennis A. Cardoza (D)( Think he really means...stay)
Thank you for contacting me to express your concerns about illegal immigration in the United States. I appreciate hearing your views on this important issue.
The Border Protection, Antiterrorism, and Illegal Immigration Control Act of 2005, H.R. 4437, introduced by Rep. James Sensenbrenner (R-WI), is the most recent immigration legislation considered in the House of Representatives. This bill outlines stringent requirements for employer verification of the legality of certain workers, increases the number of border protection personnel, and makes it a criminal offense to direct or assist an immigrant with the knowledge they entered the country illegally. On December 16th, 2005, the House passed H.R. 4437 by a vote of 239 to 182, and it is currently pending consideration in the Senate.
I recognize that the intent of the Border Protection, Antiterrorism, and Illegal Immigration Control Act of 2005 is to strengthen our borders and reduce illegal immigration and I strongly support those aims. In the past, I have voted to increase border patrol funding, authorize the use of the military to assist in border control functions, and ensure the completion of the San Diego border fence. I believe that improving border enforcement is integral to fighting terrorism and addressing the number of illegal immigrants in our country. However, we cannot address only one side of the issue without effectively dealing with the approximately 11 million illegal immigrants already in the United States.
I opposed this legislation because I believe it would only address the symptoms of illegal immigration, while ignoring the systemic failures of the current system and hurting the economy and local law enforcement. Additionally, H.R. 4437 would have a devastating impact on the Central Valley economy. The American Farm Bureau Federation has estimated that the bill would cost American farmers between $5 billion and $9 billion annually, force one-third of U.S. fruit and vegetable producers out of business, and increase the U.S. market share of foreign fruit and vegetable producers. With a shrinking workforce and high compliance costs for employer verification, many Central Valley growers would be forced to scale back operations or go out of business.
Another potential problem with H.R. 4437 is the provision making it a criminal offense to assist an illegal immigrant. While there is a great deal of ambiguity in this proposal, it could result in the prosecution of Catholic charities or hospitals that aid or provide medical care to illegal immigrants in need. Also, certain regions of our nation - including the Central Valley - are home to disproportionate numbers of illegal immigrants. The arrest and deportation of seasonal workers would overwhelm an already overtaxed local law enforcement community. Unfortunately, the bill does not provide any assistance or relief for local authorities in counties that do not border Mexico.
We must consider realistic measures to deal with the large population of illegal immigrants who reside in our nation. While it may seem logical to deport all those known to be illegal immigrants, doing so would be disruptive to many families, pulling mothers and fathers apart and away from their children. We must remember that many illegal immigrants have established lives with spouses and children - many of whom are citizens of the United States. As a compassionate nation, we have an obligation to consider the long-term effect of policies that devastate families.
I believe that we can address the issues surrounding illegal immigration in a thoughtful and comprehensive way that maintains family unity, does not hurt our local economy and secures our borders against future waves of illegal immigrants.
Please be assured that I will continue to work with my colleagues in Congress to address the problems related to illegal immigration and I will keep your views in mind when I vote on this issue in the future.
Thank you for taking the time to inform me of your views. If I may be of any further assistance on this or any other matter, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Member of Congress
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Victor D. Tognazzini (R)
The short answer is "leave."
Becase of the compexities of this issue and different situations, I am certain that our courts will find in some cases that a penalty should be assessed rather than deportation.
Consider parents who entered legally on a visa and allowed the visa to expire. Their children attended school, graduated from college and now have families of their own. All are illegal under the law, but I don't believe our legal system would deport them.
I stand by my principle that illegal activity cannot be rewarded and if deportation is challenged and won, a penalty - monetary or confinement - should be imposed.
The overarching strategy would be that if a person is here illegally that person must leave.
If there are mitigating circumstances, there must still be a harsh penalty.
I know you asked for a one word answer and it would be great if it were that simple; unfotunately it is not.
Thank you for your interest and your question.
US House 29
William J. Bodell (R)
US House 36
Brian Gibson (R) STAY
I differ from the President and the Senate in that I would require community (or military) service as an act of atonement and commitment to this country, and I agree with Congressman Mike Pence of Indiana that while I would allow them to stay I would not grant them permanent resident status until all those who are currently legally “in line” have be granted such status, but since you were very insistent on your one word answer, it’s “stay.”
I hope you will thoughtfully consider your choices, you obviously wanted me to say “kick ‘em out,” but your Democratic choice is “build no fences” Jane, and if you don’t vote at all it’s the equivalent of half a vote for her.
US House 42
CAN SOMEONE IN CALIFORNIA TRY THIS ONE?
Gary G. Miller (R)
Thank you for your email. As your representative in Congress, your
opinions and comments are very important to me. In order for your email
to be processed, you must include your full mailing address at the end of
your message. For example:
First Name Last Name
City, State Zip
Again, thank you for contacting me. I look forward to the opportunity to
respond to you.
GARY G. MILLER
Member of Congress
Can't get throught to this one by email either. Doesn't work.
US House 44
Ken S. Calvert
Washington DC Web Address:
Washington DC Web Mail Address:
Campaign Web Address:
US House 44
Louis Vandenberg (D)
The Candidate strongly believes that the United States is a nation of laws and he supports the rule of law in this and all matters.
Have asked for clarification...stay/leave...will post response. I guess this is as good as it gets!
The law should be observed. Those who are not in compliance with the law, should come into compliance with the law. That is to say, either obtain legal status, or leave, as the law prescribes.
( I don't see anything on his website about immigration )http://www.vandenbergforcongress.com/
US House 46
Jim D. Brandt (D) LEAVE( I think this is really STAY)
I believe we should enforce all our immigration laws. That means the people who arrived in United States illegally and the employers who hired them. When the law says to deport someone, that is what we should do. When the law says to prosecute someone for braking labor laws, we should do that as well.
My interest is in doing what is best for America, not the illegal immigrant or the employer who is breaking the law. If we have a real labor requirement that we can not satisfy from within the US, as I believe we do, then we need to change the immigration system so we can make sure everyone who works here has background checks, is processed legally, and all the taxes, workers comp, etc are being paid. We as tax payers can not afford to pay the cost when employers pay people under the table to avoid taxes and workers comp premiums.
To answer your question directly, I believe in the rule of law and that means to enforce it. I know that it would cost more that the war in Iraq to track down and deport 12 million people, but I think you were asking me what I believe we should do regardless of the logistics. I believe we should enforce the law.
Thank you taking the time to contact our campaign. I will personally respond to any question you have.
Jim, in regard to my question ...that would be LEAVE? Would I be correct in that assumption?
Thanks,I am sorry for being vague. Yes, that is leave for those who broke the law. I believe that it is critical for everyone in America pay all their taxes and be covered by workers comp insurance so we can afford our schools and hospitals. I want to prosecute the employers who employ people under the table to avoid taxes and wokers comp.
Thank you for taking the time to contact me.
I tried to respond to you with a one word answer, but you are asking for a clarification. I agree that if they came here illegally, they broke the law and that they should return to their own country on their own. I also agree that our immigration law spells out when deporting is required (it lists exceptions to the law). I also stated that every employer who hired people who were here illegally and avoided paying taxes or workers comp should be prosecuted.
I also stated that from a practical standpoint, is not good for country to try to deport 12 million people who are not willing to go. The cost would be out of sight. If we need people to work here from other countries, we need to make sure that there is a background check, all papers are filed, all taxes are paid, and workers comp is paid so we do not over burden our hospitals, schools, etc.
US House 48
Steve Young (D)
enforce the laws -- if they can't work, they go home.
I have replied and ask if this would mean LEAVE...will add response when I receive it.
US House 21
Ernest Steven "Steven" Haze (D)
Thank you for your question regarding my position on illegal immigration.
It is quite apparent that you want them to be deported immediately – and I can understand your frustration with gross inaction from Congress and prior administrations over the last 20 years.
I would suspect that you are quite aware of the fact that the current member of Congress Devin Nunes of the 21st Congressional District voted against the House version of the immigration reform bill earlier this year. And, he is in all probability against any serious enforcement of EXISTING immigration laws – especially against employers, since enforcement has dropped from about a high of 400 plus companies being cited 5 years ago to less than 20 in the last year.
That being said, I know my position will not fit into a tidy black and white response after 20 years of neglect.
So this is it:
1. Enforce existing laws to punish corporations hiring illegal aliens – NOW!
2. Protect all borders and ports of entry – NOW!
3. Enforce all visa laws – NOW!
4. Enforce all guest worker programs – NOW!
That means that everyone in this country should have a piece of paper (visa) first – no amnesty, no exclusions – no immediate and direct path towards citizenship.
I want to take action immediately to get our immigration policy in order.
I want more Border Patrol Officers
I want more inspection of cargo coming into our ports
I want our ports protected
Unfortunately, the corporations would rather have the cheapest labor available – and thus the middle class, and working Americans will get the short end of the stick. Our trade policy with other countries is doing the same injustice to the American people.
However, I am willing to go up against them.
I hope that this response helps you.
Home Phone559) 855-8844
Home Fax: (559) 855-8849
Cell: (559) 970-6320
US House 12
Michael J. Moloney (R) ?
I am responding for Mr. Moloney. My name is Salena and I am his head volunteer on this campaign. I have gone over your question with the candidate and his response for you is, you can find this answer on, www.votesmart.org . He has lots of information on this issue. If after you go over the answer you were looking for and you have any other question please feel free to write us again.
Thank you again, and we look forward to your support on Nov. 7, 2006
Salena Lara Paul
Head Volunteer for
Michael J. Moloney Campaign
US House 48
John B.T. Campbell III (R)
Thank you for contacting me to express your support for strengthening border security and illegal immigration enforcement. I appreciate hearing from you and agree we must gain control of our borders.
As a member of the House Immigration Reform Caucus, I have been working with my colleagues to address the problems with our current border and immigration policy. Last December, I voted in favor of H.R. 4437, the Border Protection, Antiterrorism, and I llegal Immigration Control Act, which focused on gaining operational control of the border, reforming failed immigration policies, and ensuring that existing law is enforced. I also offered an amendment to H.R. 4437 that passed on Decem ber 15, 2005. My amendment would punish cities that enact illegal alien "sanctuary" laws by prohibiting them from receiving federal law enforcement grants . It is ridiculous for city governments to prevent local law enforcement from helping the federal government enforce immigration laws. H.R. 4437 is a meaningful piece of legislation that takes signi ficant first steps in the effort to improve our border security.
A few months later, however, the Senate decided to draft and pass their own legislation, S. 2611, the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act, with amnesty and expanded benefits for illegal immigrants included. I believe that there can be no co mpromise on such provisions. S. 2611 would make the problem even worse.
I n September, the House decided to move on specific portions of H.R. 4437 in an effort to pass in a piecemeal fashion key components of the bill in both chambers . Over th e course of the month, we passed four strong pieces of legislation . The Senate ended up considering and passing two of these bills - H.R. 6061, the Secure F ence Act and H.R. 4830, the Border Tunnel Prevention Act. Together t hese bills will authorize the construction of 700 miles of dual layered security fencing along the southern border and toughen the criminal punishments for those convicted of using, constructing, or permitting illegal entry in to the nation by means of an underground tunnel. As a co-sponsor of both these bills , I strongly advocated their pa ssage and was happy to see the p resident sign both of them into law.
Our nation has a proud heritage of legal immigration, but we should not allow this to mask the current disrepair of our b order and immigration policies. We have much more to do and much more to resol ve on this front , however, over the last year Congress has mad e positive strides. As consideration of this issue moves forward, I will be certain to monitor this issue closely and fight to secure of borders. If you would like to find more inf ormation regarding my actions related to illegal immigration, I encourage you to visit my websites immigration reform action center at http://campbell.house.gov/immigrationreform/ .
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John 'Woody' Woodrum (R) LEAVE
I'm always happy to hear from voters who are truly interested in the pressing issues we have to face in today's campaign and in the world.
My positions are:
The short answer is, I believe anyone in this country illegally should go back to their own country, wherever that may be. With that said, I'm not so sure that the US must spend billions of dollars rounding up 11 million illegal aliens and ferrying them to another country. There are ways to make this happen without spending more tax dollars.
America is the most unique place on the planet. I understand why people want to pull up stakes and come here for a better life. However, we have immigration laws and an immigration process that serves America first. We need to enforce those laws, secure our borders, maintain our sovereignty as a nation, and stop spending tax-payer dollars on those who legally are not entitled to those benefits. And in fact, until we can get all illegals accounted for, THEY need to pay their own way, and I have several ideas about how to make them do that.
I want what is best for the American tax-payer, whether that tax-payer is a born citizen, or a naturalized citizen. We tax-payers foot the bill for every single program that our government devises and funds. We should have a say in how our money is spent and who gets the benefits paid for by our taxes.
If we make it unpalatable, uncomfortable, or just un-inviting for aliens to stay, many will self-deport. If they are not allowed to have any benefits or services that are available to legal residents, they will leave. If they cannot get a place to live because land-lords are fined for renting to illegal aliens (called "aiding and abetting" in criminal language), then they will take themselves back home.
If we enforce the immigration laws we already have on the books, we can do a lot to lower the illegal alien population. The will to enforce these laws is what I will bring to Congress. There are many, many first-time candidates for public office who feel the way I do, and see the solution to these problems the same way I do - when we go into Washington in January, 2007, as a bloc, we can get a lot more done about this, than if we go in as many single junior representatives.
I have some other ideas to encourage their self-deportation, which I am going to introduce when I'm elected. These plans involve the money that leaves this country and goes to another country, the amount of money American tax-payers spend on incarceration of illegal criminals, the social service debt that is crushing every aspect of our communities - medical, education, legal, financial, etc; I believe the countries these people originate from should pick up some of the financial burden of their citizens who are wrongly in our country. I have such legislation planned after I am elected.
As for anchor babies, children born to legal foreigners who live and work in this country (like the Diplomatic Corps) are not considered to be Americans simply because they are born in the US. Likewise, children born to illegal foreigners in our country should not be considered to be Americans, simply because they were born here.
I believe parents are responsible for their own children, not the American tax-payer. The American government is not a substitute for a parent, and therefore cannot take any responsibility away from those parents. Children born in the United States to illegal alien parents hold the citizenship of their parents, regardless of how long the parents have lived in the US illegally, and regardless of how old the child is. Children belong with their parents. If the parents are deported, all their children are their responsibility, and should remain with them.
If there is a question regarding the parentage of an America-born child, such as a child born of an illegal alien mother and American father, then by law, that child is considered to be an American. But the mother is not. The mother would be subject to the laws of deportation, and possibly incarceration. However, if that American parent is missing or deceased, by law, that American's own parents have a grand-parental claim to the child. It may be that a simple solution to all this would be for the child to be issued an American passport (kept in digital record only in the State Department), sent home with their remaining family members, and be allowed to return to the US upon the age of 18. Children are the responsibility of their parents, not the United States.
The law is still murky right now as to whether the government can force an American grand-parent to assume financial responsibility for the children born to foreign parents by their own missing or deceased offspring. This is an issue I can take up in Congress. The rights of an American must prevail here, but which American are we talking about? This will have to be clarified in Congress, making such custody and immigration battles easier to adjudicate.
There are many more complications about this issue, but my main focus is this: When illegal aliens crossed into our country without benefit of our legal immigration system, they let themselves and their children open to all kinds of catastrophic social events, any of which could be deportation, prison sentences, and the uprooting of children and families from a home they've known all their lives. However, that is still the responsibility of the parents for this situation. It is not the responsibility of the American taxpayer or the US Government to try to rectify or make better a situation that the parents knowingly and willingly put themselves and their children into.
Actions have consequences, don't they? We can sympathize, we can empathize with their plight, but in the end, they and they alone are responsible for the consequences of their own choices, just like you and I are.
I prefer to characterize this action as Tough Love. Parents got themselves here, and parents who are illegal will need to go back home, whether American law mandates their deportation, or they self-deport because they can't find housing or a job here. And when they leave, all their children are their responsibility and need to go with them back to their native home.
There already is legislation to deport all incarcerated illegal criminals, when their sentence is served. The process of their deportation begins now as soon as they are incarcerated, rather than waiting until their sentence is served. By this new process, the illegal convicted criminal should never again prey on American citizens - they'll be kept behind bars until they are deported.
One of the problems with deportation, which we are facing now, is that the home country of some of these illegal aliens will not take them back. Do we ignore the home country, and simply force our plane to land on their airstrips, dump the alien out on the tarmac and take off? Do we force some neighboring country of their home country to take them? If no other country will take them, then what do we do with them? If they are here illegally, they have broken the law. We have trials, and jail sentences for convicted felons. That might get them off the streets, but the American tax-payer is still paying millions of dollars a year for their room and board. This is not fair, either.
But again, I have legislation in mind that will create a more receptive atmosphere of the illegal alien's home country, and extract payment from them. If I am elected, I will work diligently to answer these and many more thorny questions on this issue.
The liberal left is fond of characterizing Conservatives as "heartless". Nonsense. Conservatives believe in principals above personalities. Principles - the law - should apply equally to all of us. All of us are equal under the law - we just need to remember that we are upholding 230-year-old principles that have served this country well. Americans expect our laws to be respected and obeyed. It's the difference between a community in which all citizens are safe, or in which some citizens are prey, and others are victims. Imagine the chaos we would live in if, for instance, some of us decided that a green light didn't mean "go", after all, if some decided on their own that it actually meant "turn left".
No, we have laws in place and all of us need to adhere to them. For every illegal alien who wants us to turn a blind eye to our own laws and take pity on them, there is an American who has worked 2 jobs for decades, just to make ends meet, and will not want his tax money going to pay for the social services for someone who didn't earn it. In the past year, we've seen a number of "illegal immigrant" rallies with hundreds of thousands demanding citizenship and amnesty. This is anarchy. Those officials who support this are on the verge of committing acts of sedition. Simply demanding rights is no way to get rights, nor do rude demands make anyone qualified for anything under our laws.
American citizenship is a precious treasure, (JAK). It should never be given away, simply because someone demands it. American citizenship should be legally earned, and should never be taken for granted. That is my opinion, and the opinion of the majority of Americans in our country. "American citizenship" is one of those principles that should be above the personalities of those who demand it, simply because they want their way. Parents who give in to loud, spoiled children are not the best parents. Sometimes "No" is what the child needs to hear, and what the parent needs to say.
Saying "no" in our culture has become a bad thing over the last 40 years. But giving in to whatever unreasonable demand is no way to live a civilized life. Sometimes "No" is what people need to hear. Sometimes when people hear "no", they find their own way, and sometimes it's better for them.
Stay or leave? Leave, however we can encourage them to leave - whether we deport or they self-deport. Immigrants should request legal entry into the country. They should stand in line and wait their turn. They must be fair and patient. The American immigration system is set up to benefit America, not the immigrant. The immigrant benefits when he is finally allowed entry into our country. He obtains entry when he meets physical requirements (no communicable, or incurable diseases), is mentally sound, has a job waiting for him in America, has an American sponsor who has promised to assume financial responsibility for the immigrant, should the immigrant fall on hard financial times, and the immigrant has to promise they will never apply for social services, that they will be self-sufficient. These are the legal requirements for immigration today. All America benefits when these requirements are followed.
I apologize for such a lengthy response, but you asked a thoughtful question, and I wanted to give you as thorough and thoughtful an answer as an email would permit.
Thank you for contacting me and letting me more fully explain my position to you.
With best regards,
I remain at your service,
John "Woody" Woodrum
My position statements on many issues:
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T.J. Cox (D)
I’m not sure that I can answer your question with “stay or leave.” The issue is much more complex than that.
We must find a way to ensure that immigrants are here legally. They must not burden our economic/social services and they must not be exploited.
I hope this helps.
( Asking for clarification)
(I don't see anything on his website regarding illegal immigration )
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Fortney H. 'Pete' Stark (D)
The question cannot be answered in a single word.
As long as employers face no reprisals for hiring illegal aliens whom they
pay lower wages and no benefits, we will have an illegal immigration
( I don't see anything on his website regarding illegal immigration.)
Thank you for contacting me about immigration. I appreciate the time
you have taken to share your thoughts and concerns with me.
Immigration is a complicated and emotional issue, however we can no
longer ignore the need for immigration reform in this country. That said,
H.R. 4437, the Border Protection, Antiterrorism and Illegal Immigration
Control Act, which puts an unfair burden on employers and criminalizes
compassion, is not the answer. This "enforcement only" bill does
nothing to address our naturalization or customs processes, which are
both in dire need of improvement. We need orderly, legal avenues for
immigration, pathways to citizenship and a better approach to knowing
who is coming in and out of our country. It is also vital that we offer
workers a fair wage, which will help all entry-level employees and boost
their impact on the economy. Equally important is providing worker
protections and an education system that helps assimilate all families
into the community.
As we address immigration reform we must look beyond ineffective
enforcement-only responses to the nearly 12 million undocumented
workers here already. We must keep in mind that immigration continues
to be an asset to this country and to California by respecting the work
and the worker. That's why I voted against H.R. 4437 when it came to
the House floor for a vote on December 16, 2005. The bill did pass,
however by a vote of 239-182 and must now be reconciled with the
Senate-passed reform package. You can be sure I will keep your
thoughts in mind as I work for a sensible solution to illegal immigration.
Again, it is good to hear from you. The people of Marin and Sonoma
counties are the most important voices I listen to as I serve in Congress.
Member of Congress
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- 10-20-2006, 09:15 PM #39
MR. ATTITUDE! Seeing his response...I guess we can see why! Loves bush...I also let him know that our vote is OUR choice and OUR choice alone and that he absolutely would not be getting it. 8O
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Scott MacLean (R)
Freedom of Speech is an individual's right to decide not just what they want to say but how they say it. Someone else cannot demand that a person speak nor can they demand that a person speak in a way that is deemed acceptable by the other. So how I answer your question is really my choice and my choice alone.
The world is not Black or White, there are an infinite number of grey areas which makes it very hard to make decisions on any subject. Nothing in life is cut and dried and Immigration is just such an Issue. "Stay or Leave" is a false choice.
I support the President's position on Immigration and the Kennedy-McCain initiative.
Thanks for writing,
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Joe Courtney (D)
Thank you so much for contacting my campaign, I appreciate the time you took to write me in order to learn more about my stance on the extremely important issue immigration.
I believe Congress must do more to protect our nation's borders and repair an immigration system that is clearly broken. Unfortunately, the Republican majority in Congress has time and time again failed to adequately address this crisis despite controlling the Congress since 1994 and the Executive Branch since 2000. It's time for a change and a real immigration policy that protects our borders with real and immediate solutions to our immigration challenges.
First we must do something Rob Simmons, George Bush, and the Republican Congress have failed to do: Secure our borders, once and for all. We must make the investment and deploy state of the art technologies to monitor our woefully inadequately-enforced border crossings. This is not only to enforce our immigration laws, but also to stop terrorists and drug traffickers from causing harm to our nation. It's simply inexcusable that Rob Simmons and the current Republican leadership in Washington have ignored the warnings and continue to under-fund our border protection efforts.
It is imperative that the incentive to work illegally in the United States is removed. Employers must be provided a simple and straightforward eligibility verification system that checks the status of a prospective employee in a timely and accurate manner. However, once a system that helps employers check the employment status is in place, any employer who continues to knowingly hire an illegal employee should be dealt with harshly. Rob Simmons, as well as every other member of the Republican Party in the House, voted against an amendment to severely crack down on employers with a first time penalty of up to $50,000 for knowingly hiring an undocumented worker.
As for the creation of a guest worker program, I will carefully weigh the necessity of a program once Congress appropriates enough funding to hire more Immigrations and Customs Enforcement personnel to process pending applications for those seeking to work in the United States legally. I believe that if we support ICE's efforts to improve the current system, consideration of a guest worker program may become unnecessary. The United States has the legal framework for a just immigration system, but we must have the will to fund and enforce it.
My opponent, Rob Simmons, continues to try and have it both ways by becoming a cosponsor of the House version of the McCain-Kennedy guest worker program and also voting in favor of conservative Republican James Sensenbrenner's HR 4437, which would criminalize members of the clergy as well as healthcare workers for fulfilling their obligations to provide charity to those in need.
Again let me convey my appreciation to you for taking the time to contact me on this important issue and sharing with me all your thoughts. I hope I can count on your support over the next few weeks and on Election Day. Together we can change this country and steer Congressional policy in a new direction. If you should have any additional questions in the coming weeks please do not hesitate to contact me or my staff again.
All the best wishes,
Democrat for Congress, CT-02
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Joseph Vollano (R)...LEAVE
( Sounds like he wants a pathway to citizenship/guestworker )
Here is the debate with him and his opponets.
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Rosa L. DeLauro (D) STAY
This is Rosa's response. Please contact me with any questions. Thanks!
I support the Senate compromise bill supported by Senators McCain and Kennedy – a bipartisan approach that not only calls for strong border enforcement, but also provides a framework to deal with the immigration problem in a reasonable, workable way. We cannot simply deport 12 million illegal immigrants, make them felons and send them back to where they came from. That is not only unrealistic – it would also cost upwards of a quarter-trillion dollars.
Like the Senate bill would have done, I support providing a path to legalization for illegal immigrants depending on how long they have lived in the country, provided they pay a fine, back taxes and undergo a criminal background check. This is not amnesty.
I strongly support a system of legal immigration that works. We must realize that the current immigration system is broken, out of control and must be fixed.
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Nancy L. Johnson (R)
Thank you for contacting me regarding reform of our immigration laws and the need to tighten border security to more effectively prevent people from entering our country illegally. We are a nation of immigrants and of laws. Both respecting the law and honoring our immigrant melting pot heritage are essential to our future.
The House of Representatives has taken the first step forward by passing the "Border Protection, Anti-Terrorism, and Illegal Immigration Control Act of 2005." The bill emphasizes the need to secure our borders, and provide for the interior enforcement of our immigration law. Among other things, it would:
Authorize an additional 8,000 border agents to beef up our current force of 12,000;
Encourage cooperation between border sheriffs and federal law enforcement - authorizing local sheriffs in the 29 counties along the southern border to enforce immigration laws, and reimbursing them for their efforts, solving the "catch and release" problem;
Require border patrol officers to apprehend, detain, and deport illegal immigrants as they cross the border into the United States;
Authorize secure fencing along the Mexican border, with emphasis on areas known for human trafficking and drug smuggling;
Require employers to verify the status of potential employees and impose fines on those employers who fail to do so.
Border agents say that literally tens of thousands of illegal immigrants who enter our country are hardened criminals, many carrying illicit drugs. Nearly a third of federal prisoners are illegal immigrants, incarcerated for serious crimes against people and property. We simply must invest what it takes to prevent illegal immigration.
I am pleased the President announced additional funding for border patrol and surveillance technology. This builds on the past efforts to increase the number of agents and
adopt more modern technologies to assist officers in preventing illegal border crossings. Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) equipped with cameras have the ability to cover vast stretches of the border in a short amount of time and relay information to border agents, allowing us to deploy our agents effectively to prevent illegal border crossings. While we have some UAVs at the border, we need more, as well as additional motion detectors, night vision equipment, and other modern technologies to improve the effectiveness of our agents.
The Senate has passed a very different bill to address illegal immigration and the many problems facing our legal immigration and guest worker programs. While it has some worthy provisions, several components are very concerning. For example, under the Senate bill, local police officers are prohibited from asking questions about immigration status. Since four of the nineteen September 11th hijackers had been stopped by state and local police before the attacks and were in the country on expired visas, we might have protected ourselves had the police asked the right questions.
A related issue important to preserving good paying jobs in America is the abuse of the H-1B visa program. Companies are bringing workers from abroad, requiring U.S. employees to train them, and then replacing the American worker with the foreign contract worker. This is simply an outrage. I have introduced legislation to prevent this practice by limiting H-1B visas to only those jobs for which there is no American available with appropriate skills. Reforming the H-1B program and restructuring our agricultural migrant worker system must be done as we strengthen control of our border to protect U.S. jobs and the vitality of our economy.
While we are beginning to make progress, more needs to be done and promptly, both to enforce our laws against illegal immigration and to ensure the smooth entry of legal immigrants and guest workers as appropriate.
Thank you for contacting me regarding this important issue, as your thoughts help guide my work.
Very truly yours,
Nancy L. Johnson
Member of Congress
( I didn't see anything on her website about illegal immigration. )
- 10-21-2006, 10:00 AM #40
I will take these states for starters:
Will post replys and info when completed.Freedom isn't free... Don't forget the men who died and gave that right to all of us....