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Kyrsten Sinema on Immigration

 

 


Mass deportations are not an option; support the DREAM Act

Sinema supports a comprehensive approach that increases resources to ensure our border is safe and secure, creates a market-based solution that meets the demand for skilled and unskilled labor in our country, and settles the status of millions of undocumented workers in our country. Mass deportations are not an option--not only would the cost to taxpayers be astronomical, but it would be unfair and inhumane to many families. Sinema believes instead that we need to create a tough but fair path to citizenship for undocumented workers that requires them to get right with the law by paying back taxes, paying a fine and learning English as a condition of gaining citizenship. She has also stood up against politicians who have targeted immigrants with unfair efforts that go too far.

Sinema is also proud to support the DREAM Act. She believes that children who came here through no fault of their own, speak English and think of themselves as American should be allowed to become American citizens.

Source: 2012 House campaign website, kyrstensinema.com , Nov 6, 2012

Don't reclassify undocumented immigrants as criminals

Back in March 2006, a group of activists organized a march in Phoenix to protest a bill in Congress (the Sensenbrenner bill) that would have reclassified undocumented immigrants as criminals and denied most of them an eventual path to citizenship, regardless of their length of residence in the US, their work history or their contribution to the country overall. The gathering was much larger than anyone had anticipated--over 25,000 people marched that day.

The day after the march, national news outlets reported that leaders in the immigration reform movement had declared April 10, 2006, a national day of action for sensible comprehensive immigration reform.

Source: Unite and Conquer, by Kyrsten Sinema, p. 40 , Jul 1, 2009

Opposes exiting US to apply for citizenship.

Sinema opposes the PVS survey question on amnesty

Project Vote Smart infers candidate issue stances on key topics by summarizing public speeches and public statements. Congressional candidates are given the opportunity to respond in detail; about 11% did so in the 2012 races.

Project Vote Smart summarizes candidate stances on the following topic: 'Immigration: Do you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship?'

Source: Project Vote Smart 12-PVS-q12 on Aug 30, 2012

Voted to legalize DREAMer immigrants via military service.

Sinema voted NAY Gosar Anti-DACA Amendment to H.R. 5293

Congressional Summary: The House voted on an amendment by Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) to H.R. 5293, the Department of Defense Appropriations Act of 2017. The amendment would prohibit funds from being used to extend the expiration of, or reissue a new expiration date to, the Military Accessions Vital to National Interest (MAVNI) program.

Recommendation by Heritage Foundation to vote YES:(6/16/2016): The MAVNI program is a pilot program authorizing "military services to recruit certain legal immigrants whose skills are considered to be vital to the national interest." However, a DoD memo has made it clear that DACA/DAPA recipients are eligible under this program, essentially opening up a pathway to amnesty for illegal aliens who enlist. By ensuring that this guidance ends, DOD will no longer be able to enlist illegal immigrants through MAVNI.

Recommendation by the ACLU to vote NO: (6/28/2011): The DREAM Act promotes fundamental fairness for young people by allowing access to affordable post-secondary education and military service opportunities, regardless of immigration status, and would provide a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children, have lived here for at least five years and have graduated from high school. The DREAM Act could result in billions of dollars in additional tax revenue from tapping the potential of DREAM-eligible students and future service personnel. Since September 11, 2001, more than 69,000 immigrants have earned citizenship while serving, and more than 125 who entered military service after that date have made the ultimate sacrifice in war by giving their lives for this nation.

Legislative outcome: Failed House 210 to 211 (no Senate vote)

Source: Supreme Court case 16-H5293 argued on Jun 16, 2016

Analyze terrorism and criminal threats on southwest border.

Sinema co-sponsored H.R.4482

Source: Southwest Border Security Threat Assessment Act 16-HR4482 on Feb 4, 2016

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