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    Former illegal alien backs border wall in campaign for Congress

    Former illegal immigrant backs border wall in campaign for Congress

    Posted Sep 30, 2019

    Canton resident Whittney Williams, 37, is running to challenge U.S. Rep. Haley Stevens, D-Rochester Hills for the 11th District House seat in 2020.

    By Malachi Barrett |

    Republican Whittney Williams said living as an undocumented migrant for most of her life gave her a unique view on why Congress should adopt pro-Trump immigration policies.

    The 36-year-old Canton resident lived in the United States illegally after being brought from Taiwan at age 10. Williams said supporting stricter immigration policies like building a wall on the southern border will be a central part of her campaign to unseat a freshman Democrat who flipped counties Trump won in 2016.

    “I think my story can help,” Williams said in an interview with MLive. “My story of believing in the American dream and wanting to give people hope and optimism.

    As an illegal immigrant, I came from nothing, and for me to to be where I am today, I’m just so grateful.”

    Pro-Trump immigrant to challenge Stevens for Congress in 2020

    Republican Whittney Williams is running to challenge U.S. Rep. Haley Stevens in 2020.

    Williams said her family legally entered the U.S. on a tourist visa in 1992 but remained in the country after it expired. Williams grew up as a non-citizen and remained an unlawful resident until marrying her husband Brian in 2009 and gaining citizenship in 2013.

    Williams declined to answer whether her parents intended to permanently stay in the U.S. when they received a tourist visa.

    “I was basically just put in a situation that I had no control over,” Williams said.

    People who overstay their visa face a steep path to obtaining legal residency, said Genevive Billa, public affairs officer for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

    People who live in the U.S. illegally for more than a year are barred from applying for a green card or citizenship for 10 years, according to federal law, starting from when they willingly leave or are deported.

    The first-time politician said she grew up in the shadows, fearing deportation could come from minor police interactions like a traffic stop.

    “If someone knew (about your immigration status), if you told somebody, they could take advantage of you,” Williams said. “It’s a constant fear. And you’re constantly told, ‘oh you’re an illegal immigrant,’ not you know, human. That takes a toll on you as you hear that constantly.”

    Growing up in a conservative household helped Williams develop a deep love for America. She even expressed interest in serving in the U.S. Navy but was rejected due to her immigration status.

    Williams spent the last several years traveling the country working as an auto show product specialist. She earned an undergraduate degree in ballet and has also worked as a professional actor and model.

    Williams said she is driven to run for office to make a positive impact on her community and be a voice for other people brought to the U.S. as children.

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    Gary Yang, president of the Michigan Chinese Conservatives Alliance, said Williams could be an important candidate for a growing but “invisible” Asian American voting bloc. Yang said new immigrants from Asia align with GOP values but often vote with Democrats and he’s pushing the state party to do more to court voters in his community.

    “We want a small government and lower taxes, we want more fairness in the college admission system and workplace as well,” Yang said. “We want legal immigrants, not open border policies.”

    Michigan immigrant numbers at highest point in decades

    Michigan immigrant numbers at highest point in decades

    Democrats believe Williams’ political inexperience bodes well for the reelection campaign of U.S. Rep. Haley Stevens, D-Rochester Hills.

    Stevens earned her seat in Congress during a statewide swing toward Democratic candidates in the 2018 midterm elections.

    She beat her Republican opponent, who worked on Trump’s 2016 campaign, by nearly 7 percentage points.

    Michigan Democratic Party Chair Lavora Barnes said Michigan’s 11th District made it clear in 2018 that they aren’t interested in a representative who “blindly follows” Trump.

    Williams on border security

    Trump made illegal immigration the centerpiece of his 2016 campaign, promising to build a “big beautiful wall” on the southern border with Mexico. Progress on the wall and initiatives to ban travel from Muslim-majority countries and separate families as part of a “zero-tolerance” border policy faced harsh opposition from Congress and the courts.

    Williams said the president is standing up for the American people and remains a supporter despite his divisive stances on immigration.

    “We to be protected and for Trump to stand up for America; it’s a great thing,” she said. “I’m glad that he is wanting to solve this immigration problem.”

    Williams said building a border wall is an important first step to “stop the flow” of illegal immigration. She didn’t commit to opening a path to citizenship for undocumented migrants already living in the country but expressed the need to find a “permanent solution” for them.

    Williams acknowledged a wall wouldn’t stop families like her own from overstaying visas they obtained legally. However, she said a border wall would reduce the number of illegal immigrants who enter the country each year.

    “When you look at a problem, of course, you want to stop it first so you can resolve what’s in here, because if you keep having this flow ... this number here is just going to get bigger and bigger,” she said.

    Visa overstays outnumbered people who entered the country illegally through the southern border every year since 2007, according to a report by the Center for Migration Studies.

    The U.S. Department of Homeland Security estimated 666,582 people overstayed their visa in 2018, while an estimated 557,000 people entered the country through the southwest border in 2017. DHS apprehended 303,916 people trying to enter the country through Mexico in 2017, the most recent year data is available for.

    The number of people apprehended at the southern border and slip by border patrol undetected has been on a sharp decline since 2006, according to DHS.

    Williams was in the process of obtaining her citizenship in 2012 when then-President Barack Obama created the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. Obama issued an executive order to offer people brought illegally to the U.S. as children temporary protection from deportation.

    Trump announced he would end the policy after taking office, calling on Congress to replace it with legislation. The Supreme Court is set to consider whether Trump’s decision to end DACA is legal.

    People brought to the U.S. illegally as children are often referred to as “DREAMers," in reference to another bill that did not pass in Congress. Williams used the term to describe herself during the interview with MLive but did not express a commitment to reviving DACA.

    Williams said politicians essentially accomplished nothing to solve the country’s immigration issues. Meanwhile, she said Democrats incentivize illegal immigration with offers of “free stuff.”

    Democratic primary candidates embraced providing health care for undocumented immigrants. Several of the top candidates also supported decriminalizing illegal border crossings.

    Williams said her hardships growing up inspired her to support stricter immigration policies.

    “They don’t understand how hard it is to live as an illegal immigrant, so you can’t come and tell me ‘oh, well it’s OK, just come and live here illegally,’” Williams said.

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    It should be "hard" to live here as an illegal immigrant.

    They should get no jobs, no housing, no bank account, no school, no healthcare, no welfare, no food stamps, no drivers license, and no U.S. Birth Certificates for the children the give birth to here.

    We are sick and tired of this lawlessness by FOREIGN CITIZENS who come here and never leave and who jump in line of those applying to come here legally. No more line jumpers. They should have NO path to stay.

    So did she only get her "citizenship" by marrying a U.S. citizen? Must be very proud of herself on that one.

    Wants to be a "voice" for other children brought to the U.S. illegally? No thank you! How about tell the ILLEGAL parents to gather up their children and go home!

    How about the "voice" of the U.S. taxpayers who say ENOUGH IS ENOUGH and stop using our tax dollars to house, feed, educate, give medical care, lawyers, and all taxpayer funded services to illegal aliens and visa overstays.

    OUR VOICE says deport them on the spot, with NO chance to ever come back.

    OUR VOICE says end DACA...deport them with their DAPA parents and their minor children.

    OUR VOICE says no more catch and release

    OUR VOICE says catch and deport on the spot!

    OUR VOICE says no more refugees, asylum, TPS, or illegal aliens.

    OUR VOICE says no to Amnesty #8!

    OUR VOICE says we are not the dumping ground or ATM machine for the rest of the world.

    OUR VOICE says we are NOT the solution to the worlds problems and we are not responsible for TWO billion people on the planet!
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    "The 36-year-old Canton resident lived in the United States illegally after being brought from Taiwan at age 10."


    How many illegal migrants does Taiwan take?

    Go be a "voice" about they take OUR 25 MILLION illegals and visa overstays!

    Go be a "voice" in Taiwan for the 2 BILLION children and their parents on the planet that have a "right" to go invade and take over Taiwan.

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