State of Ohio Archives: on Immigration

Mike Gibbons: We must control our borders

We're a nation of immigrants, but unchecked illegal immigration is out of control. We simply can't have millions of people flooding to the country, working for lower wages off the books but still qualifying for taxpayer-funded government programs. It's not fair to the people who are competing for those jobs, paying their taxes, and following the law. We need to demand that new Americans follow our laws, starting with the laws that control our borders.
Source: 2018 Ohio Senatorial website Oct 15, 2017

Jim Renacci: Supports border wall for Mexico plus temporary travel ban

Renacci, who strongly backed Republican Donald Trump for president last year, is serving his fourth term in Congress. Before entering politics, though, he owned nursing homes and other business ventures over three decades. "I was a business guy for 30 years, someone who created jobs and employed people. I want to use that background and experience. I do believe Donald Trump said the same thing. I supported Donald Trump because I believe the day of the career politicians, especially in D.C. but also here in Ohio, needs to change," Renacci said.

Renacci opposes abortion, capital punishment and gay marriage but supports Trump's proposals to build a wall on the border with Mexico, impose a temporary travel ban and repeal and replace ObamaCare.

Source: Dayton Daily News on 2018 Ohio gubernatorial race Feb 4, 2017

Warren Davidson: Securing our borders is a top national security issue

Q: Are you in favor of construction of a wall and other necessary infrastructure on our border that gives complete control over entering and exiting the United States?

Davidson: While I do not favor building a physical wall, securing our borders is a top national security issue. We already have a legal immigration processes--legal paths to citizenship and legal paths for guests (tourists, students and workers). We should improve them for talented people whose skills are in demand, and not ahead of those who have already shown contempt for our laws and our culture. I favor an end to birthright citizenship, defunding sanctuary cities and limiting all legal transactions (banking, education, etc.) to those who are here legally.

Source: 2016 AFA Action iVoterGuide on Ohio House race Nov 8, 2016

Ted Strickland: Fix broken system with comprehensive immigration reform

Q: What is your position on U.S. immigration policies, and how will you work to promote your position?

Ted Strickland: I support comprehensive immigration reform to fix our current broken system. We need to protect our homeland, secure the border, protect and unite families, create an earned path to citizenship, and promote our economic interests. Our system should be tough, fair, and practical. But I believe proposals to round up and deport 11 million individuals defy common sense. Reforms should keep families together, not just because it's the right thing to do, but because families are the bedrock of economic growth and civic engagement in Ohio and across this country. Unfortunately, Senator Portman voted against bipartisan, comprehensive immigration reform--a bill that was even supported by Republicans like Senators McCain and Rubio.

Source: League of Women Voters on 2016 Ohio Senate Race Sep 19, 2016

P.G. Sittenfeld: Common-sense pathway to citizenship but not amnesty

Rob Portman does a good job of coming off as moderate. But his actual voting record tells something of a different story. An issue where Rob Portman is not the moderate that his image would project is on immigration reform. We saw 68 Senators pass what seemed like a pretty common-sense bipartisan effort toward immigration reform: there was a pathway to citizenship but not amnesty; it was "get in the back of the line; you still have to pay a fine;" and additional border agents. Not a lot of major legislation in the Senate gets 68 votes. Rob Portman ended up not voting for that. Rob Portman is so different stylistically than someone like Ted Cruz -- but he votes a lot like Ted Cruz! And I think that's out of step with the people of Ohio.
Source: OTI transcript of Cincinnati Enquirer: 2016 Ohio Senate race May 12, 2015

Jim Renacci: No pathway to citizenship; yes official English

Q: Do you support a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants?

A: No.

Q: Do you support decreasing the number of legal immigrants allowed into the country?

A: No.

Q: Do you support establishing English as the official national language?

A: Yes.

Q: Do you support the enforcement of federal immigration laws by state and local police?

A: Yes.

Source: Ohio Congressional 2010 National Political Awareness Test Nov 1, 2010

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2016 Presidential contenders on Immigration:
Gov.Jeb Bush(FL)
Dr.Ben Carson(MD)
Gov.Chris Christie(NJ)
Sen.Ted Cruz(TX)
Carly Fiorina(CA)
Gov.Jim Gilmore(VA)
Sen.Lindsey Graham(SC)
Gov.Mike Huckabee(AR)
Gov.Bobby Jindal(LA)
Gov.John Kasich(OH)
Gov.Sarah Palin(AK)
Gov.George Pataki(NY)
Sen.Rand Paul(KY)
Gov.Rick Perry(TX)
Sen.Rob Portman(OH)
Sen.Marco Rubio(FL)
Sen.Rick Santorum(PA)
Donald Trump(NY)
Gov.Scott Walker(WI)
Gov.Lincoln Chafee(RI)
Secy.Hillary Clinton(NY)
V.P.Joe Biden(DE)
Gov.Martin O`Malley(MD)
Sen.Bernie Sanders(VT)
Sen.Elizabeth Warren(MA)
Sen.Jim Webb(VA)

2016 Third Party Candidates:
Gov.Gary Johnson(L-NM)
Roseanne Barr(PF-HI)
Robert Steele(L-NY)
Dr.Jill Stein(G,MA)
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