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Richard Hudson

Richard Hudson's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Full Name: Richard Hudson
Office: U.S. House (NC) - District 8, Republican
First Elected: 11/06/2012
Next Election: 2014
On The Ballot: Running, Republican for U.S. House - District 8
General Nov. 4, 2014
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Renee
Birth Date: 11/04/1971
Birth Place: Franklin, VA
Home City: Concord, NC
Religion: Christian
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Issue Positions

In response to the increasing unwillingness of candidates to answer issue questions, Project Vote Smart has researched Presidential and Congressional candidates' public records to determine candidates' likely responses on certain key issues. These issue positions, from the year 2014, are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

Pro-life Candidate Answer Abortion: Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Richard Hudson. Richard Hudson to Run for Congress. 13 October 2011. "'I'm coming home to run for Congress because Barack Obama's liberal policies are killing jobs, and the people of North Carolina deserve better,' Hudson said. 'My mother is fortunate enough to be employed in the Cabarrus County school system. Too many of our friends and neighbors are out of work and it's time someone stood up for them. I'm not a politician. I have never run for office before,' Hudson continued, 'I'm a leader with the energy, conservative principles and proven experience necessary to help get our economy moving again.' [¦] A lifelong conservative Republican, Hudson is pro-life, pro-traditional marriage and a member of the National Rifle Association." (www.richardhudsonforcongress.com)
  • Richard Hudson. Issue Position: Life. 20 March 2012. "Richard is 100% Pro-Life and will fight for legislation which protects life from conception until natural death. He knows that life is a precious gift from God and should be protected at all stages. As our Congressman, Richard will defend the ban on partial birth abortions and fight against any legislation which seeks to legalize euthanasia. Richard will stand up for those who cannot stand up for themselves and proactively defend life." (votesmart.org)
Yes Candidate Answer Afghanistan: Do you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Richard Hudson. Issue Position: National Security. 20 March 2012. "Richard understands that winning the War on Terror is vital to our survival as a civilization. As our Congressman, he will fight to provide our military and national security agencies with all the resources they need to defeat Islamic extremists who want to destroy our way of life. Richard believes the top priority of the federal government must be to protect the lives of the American people and he will work hard to make certain the government is living up to that responsibility." (votesmart.org)
  • Richard Hudson. Video: Cabarrus Republican Women's Debate. 21 February 2012. "We have got to show a commitment to Afghanistan and show that we are gonna stay there and get the job done and were not gonna allow the Taliban to thrive and return. If we don't show that commitment then Pakistan is never gonna deal with us." Http://youtu.be/wllNfuvQNYw?t=1h25m16s
  • Richard Hudson. 8th District Candidate Visits Stanley. 6 February 2012. "As to Defense spending, Hudson said he supports the efforts of a Texas congressman whose mission is see the Pentagon audited. He said that the money spent in Pentagon cannot be accounted for and that he would support efforts to correct that major financial problem. With respect to foreign policy, Hudson called President Obama's policies 'an embarrassment' while criticizing the President for pulling out of Iraq 'too early when America was on the brink of success.' As for Afghanistan, it called it 'shameful that we don't give our troops support.' Furthermore, Hudson called Iran 'someone we cannot negotiate with¦ crazy people that want to destroy America.'" (insidestanly.com)
Yes Candidate Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Richard Hudson. Issue Position: National Security. 20 March 2012. "Richard understands that winning the War on Terror is vital to our survival as a civilization. As our Congressman, he will fight to provide our military and national security agencies with all the resources they need to defeat Islamic extremists who want to destroy our way of life. Richard believes the top priority of the federal government must be to protect the lives of the American people and he will work hard to make certain the government is living up to that responsibility." (votesmart.org)
  • Richard Hudson. Laurinburg Exchange: Candidates Make the Case. 28 March 2012. "'President Obama's plan to cut a trillion dollars out of defense is ridiculous,' said Hudson. 'He wants to bring 100,000 troops home when we need more folks in the military as far as I'm concerned.'" (johnwhitleyforcongress.com)
  • Richard Hudson. 8th District Candidate Visits Stanley. 6 February 2012. "As to Defense spending, Hudson said he supports the efforts of a Texas congressman whose mission is see the Pentagon audited. He said that the money spent in Pentagon cannot be accounted for and that he would support efforts to correct that major financial problem. With respect to foreign policy, Hudson called President Obama's policies 'an embarrassment' while criticizing the President for pulling out of Iraq 'too early when America was on the brink of success.' As for Afghanistan, it called it 'shameful that we don't give our troops support.' Furthermore, Hudson called Iran 'someone we cannot negotiate with¦ crazy people that want to destroy America.'" (insidestanly.com)
No Candidate Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Richard Hudson. Richard Hudson (NC-8) Signs Americans for Tax Reform Taxpayer Protection Pledge. 26 June 2012. "'Our country will not get out from beneath the crushing weight of a $15 trillion debt by raising taxes," said Richard Hudson. "We must dramatically reduce the size of the federal government and stop running annual budget deficits of over a trillion dollars if we're ever going to get our fiscal house back in order." As a signer of the Taxpayer Protection Pledge, Richard Hudson has committed to opposing tax increases of any kind. Hudson is proud to follow in the footsteps of President Ronald Reagan, who gave his endorsement for the Taxpayer Protection Pledge in 1986. As a strong conservative, Hudson realizes that raising taxes will not put the country back on sound financial footing." (www.richardhudsonforcongress.com)
  • Richard Hudson. Issue Position: Taxes and Spending. 20 March 2012. "As a solid conservative, Richard is certain of one thing: Washington has a spending problem, not a revenue problem. That's why Richard has pledged to never increase taxes as a member of Congress. With a federal budget deficit of nearly 2 Trillion Dollars and a national debt upwards of 15 Trillion Dollars, Richard believes it is long past time for conservatives to draw a line in the sand. We can count on him to fight to restore fiscal sanity to Washington, DC. Washington is broken and we need conservative solutions and steadfast leadership to fix it. Richard will provide that leadership." (votesmart.org)
No Candidate Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Richard Hudson. Hudson ready to take action in Washington. 10 December 2011. "'I'm from here and I know the district very well, but I also understand how Washington works,' he said. 'I won't need on-the-job training; I'll be effective from day one.' Hudson said he wants to help revive the economy, cut government spending and defund President Barack Obama's health care plan. Lowering taxes will help businesses create jobs, he said." (www.salisburypost.com)
  • Richard Hudson. Independent Tribune: 8th District candidates sound off on jobs, Amendment One. 26 April 2012. Responded "The federal government can't create private sector jobs, but there are things the federal government is doing now to crush jobs. We have to dramatically cut spending and reform entitlements, we must lower and broaden the tax base and we have to roll back excessive government regulations such as the Dodd-Frank regulations that have almost stopped small business lending." to the question: "How do you intend to bring jobs back to the 8th Congressional District?" (www2.independenttribune.com)
  • Richard Hudson. Keadle Admits to Taking Millions of Stimulus Dollars. 20 June 2012. "We need integrity in Congress and we need leaders who will stand up against bailouts, giveaways and stimulus plans," said Richard Hudson. "When given an opportunity to stand up for conservative values and against the Obama Stimulus, Keadle decided to take the money and run. I will take a wrecking ball to Barack Obama's liberal agenda, not go along with it. It's not the government's money." (www.richardhudsonforcongress.com)
No Candidate Answer Economy: Do you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Richard Hudson. Hudson ready to take action in Washington. 10 December 2011. "'I'm from here and I know the district very well, but I also understand how Washington works,' he said. 'I won't need on-the-job training; I'll be effective from day one.' Hudson said he wants to help revive the economy, cut government spending and defund President Barack Obama's health care plan. Lowering taxes will help businesses create jobs, he said." (www.salisburypost.com)
  • Richard Hudson. Independent Tribune: 8th District candidates sound off on jobs, Amendment One. Responded "Anti-growth initiatives supported by Congressman Kissell such as imposing Davis-Bacon wages on North Carolina businesses have to be stopped. We need to reduce taxes and burdensome regulations on manufacturers so they can compete in a global market. We should start by looking out for our existing businesses and what they need to grow and flourish." to the question: "North Carolina has lost much of its manufacturing base. Is it realistic to expect to rebuild traditional industries like textiles and furniture?" (www2.independenttribune.com)
  • Richard Hudson. Issue Position: Jobs. 20 March 2012. "Richard knows the importance of getting this economy growing and creating jobs. He is committed to conservative, pro-business principles that will help create jobs: cutting taxes, reducing excessive regulations and fully funding worker retraining programs at our community colleges. As our Congressman, Richard will roll up his sleeves, work hard and remain focused on his goal of every worker having an opportunity at a good job." (votesmart.org)
No Candidate Answer Education: Do you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Richard Hudson. Video: Cabarrus Republican Women's Debate. 21 February 2012. "If there was to be any role of the federal government, it should be to make sure we have standards that parents can use to judge our schools by. Beyond that, the federal government has no role in education. Education decisions ought to be made at the state and local level. I think more at the local than the state if possible. I think every school should be a charter school. So you have the flexibility in the classroom. [¦] We have some of the best teachers in the world, lets untie their hands with all these strings that we pay for with our tax dollars." Http://youtu.be/wllNfuvQNYw?t=1h34m9s
  • Richard Hudson. Issue Position: Education. 20 March 2012. "As the son of a Cabarrus County public school teacher, Richard believes excellence in education should be a right of every child. That's why he supports eliminating bloated education bureaucracy, so our tax dollars are used to educate children, not to fund liberal bureaucrats. Richard is also a strong supporter of school choice and believes competition is the best way to improve education performance at all levels. Richard will fight for the right of parents to homeschool their children and as our Congressman, he will maintain his strong support of charter schools." (votesmart.org)
Yes Candidate Answer Energy: Do you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
No Candidate Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
No Candidate Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Richard Hudson. Issue Position: 2nd Amendmant. 20 March 2012. "A lifelong hunter, sportsman and member of the National Rifle Association, Richard knows the Second Amendment is America's First Freedom. As our Congressman, he will vigorously defend the rights of all law-abiding citizens to keep and bear arms. Richard knows that our God-given rights ensure that Americans can own firearms for hunting, shooting sports, self-defense or any other lawful purpose. That's why we can count on him to be our Second Amendment champion in the halls of Congress." (votesmart.org)
  • Richard Hudson. Richard Hudson to Run for Congress. 13 October 2011. "'I'm coming home to run for Congress because Barack Obama's liberal policies are killing jobs, and the people of North Carolina deserve better,' Hudson said. 'My mother is fortunate enough to be employed in the Cabarrus County school system. Too many of our friends and neighbors are out of work and it's time someone stood up for them. I'm not a politician. I have never run for office before,' Hudson continued, 'I'm a leader with the energy, conservative principles and proven experience necessary to help get our economy moving again.' [¦] A lifelong conservative Republican, Hudson is pro-life, pro-traditional marriage and a member of the National Rifle Association." (www.richardhudsonforcongress.com)
Yes Candidate Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Richard Hudson. Hudson ready to take action in Washington. 10 December 2011. "'I'm from here and I know the district very well, but I also understand how Washington works,' he said. 'I won't need on-the-job training; I'll be effective from day one.' Hudson said he wants to help revive the economy, cut government spending and defund President Barack Obama's health care plan. Lowering taxes will help businesses create jobs, he said." (www.salisburypost.com)
  • Richard Hudson. Issues Position: Health Care. 20 March 2012. "Richard is opposed to a government takeover of our healthcare system and will work to overturn Obamacare. Doctors and patients should make healthcare decisions, not some nameless, faceless government bureaucrat. All Americans deserve access to high quality healthcare, when they need it, and at a price they can afford. We can reform our healthcare system with common sense solutions, but a one-size-fits all approach is not the answer." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Immigration: Do you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Richard Hudson. Project Vote Smart 2012 North Carolina Political Courage Test. Selected "No Answer" for: "Do you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship?" Immigration: Other or expanded principles: "We have got to secure the border and stop the flow of illegal immigrants. Then we need to reform the legal immigration system so it is easier to come here legally than illegally. We need to reform our visa system so that we issue visas based on employer needs, not based on a lottery. We also need to end "birth right citizenship." Once we acheive these reforms, then we can consider what to do with illegal immigrants who are already here. They should never have a path to citizenship, but we need to deal with them compassionately and humanely."
  • Richard Hudson. Issue Position: Immigration. 20 March 2012. "Richard opposes illegal immigration in all forms. He believes government should discontinue offering public assistance to illegals to discourage them from coming to America illegally. Richard will fight to build the entire fence along the Southern Border of the United States and believes securing the border is the necessary first step in reforming our immigration policy. He opposes amnesty for illegals and will work to ensure that illegals convicted of crimes are swiftly deported upon the completion of their sentence." (votesmart.org)
No Candidate Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Richard Hudson. Independent Tribune: 8th District candidates sound off on jobs, Amendment One. 26 April 2012. "One hundred percent support. I believe marriage is a union between one man and one woman." (www2.independenttribune.com)
  • Richard Hudson. Issue Position: Marriage. 20 March 2012. "Richard believes that marriage should always be a sacred union between one man and one woman. As our Congressman, he will support a Constitutional Amendment to Protect Traditional Marriage. Richard understands this is a necessary measure to stop radical federal judges from imposing their extreme agenda on our society. We can count on him to defend our conservative principles and traditional values." (votesmart.org)
  • Richard Hudson. Richard Hudson to Run for Congress. 13 October 2011. "'I'm coming home to run for Congress because Barack Obama's liberal policies are killing jobs, and the people of North Carolina deserve better,' Hudson said. 'My mother is fortunate enough to be employed in the Cabarrus County school system. Too many of our friends and neighbors are out of work and it's time someone stood up for them. I'm not a politician. I have never run for office before,' Hudson continued, 'I'm a leader with the energy, conservative principles and proven experience necessary to help get our economy moving again.' [¦] A lifelong conservative Republican, Hudson is pro-life, pro-traditional marriage and a member of the National Rifle Association." (www.richardhudsonforcongress.com)
Yes Candidate Answer National Security: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Richard Hudson. 8th District Candidate Visits Stanley. 6 February 2012. "As to Defense spending, Hudson said he supports the efforts of a Texas congressman whose mission is see the Pentagon audited. He said that the money spent in Pentagon cannot be accounted for and that he would support efforts to correct that major financial problem. With respect to foreign policy, Hudson called President Obama's policies 'an embarrassment' while criticizing the President for pulling out of Iraq 'too early when America was on the brink of success.' As for Afghanistan, it called it 'shameful that we don't give our troops support.' Furthermore, Hudson called Iran 'someone we cannot negotiate with¦ crazy people that want to destroy America.'" (insidestanly.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Social Security: Do you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Richard Hudson. Project Vote Smart: 2012 North Carolina Political Courage Test. Selected "No Answer" for: "Do you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts?" Social Security: Other or expanded principles: "First, we must ensure the stability of Social Security and not change anything for anyone who is already retired or near retirement age. Larry Kissell's policy on Social Security is to let it go bankrupt so everyone loses their benefits. I believe we need to reform the system for those my age and younger so we can save Social Security."

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North Carolina Congressional Election 2012 Political Courage Test

This candidate has responded to a Political Courage Test in a previous election. As a continued effort to provide the American public with factual information on candidates running for public office, these archived responses are made available here.

Pro-lifeCandidate AnswerDo you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation?
Other or expanded principles
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan?
NoDo you support a timetable for withdrawal from Afghanistan?
Other or expanded principles
Indicate which proposals you support (if any) for balancing the federal budget.
In order to balance the budget,
YesCandidate Answerdo you support reducing defense spending?
NoCandidate Answerdo you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket?
do you support reducing Medicaid spending?
do you support reducing Medicare spending?
YesIs balancing the budget a legislative priority?
Other or expanded principles

I believe we can find savings in the Defense budget, but I do not support President Obama's proposal to cut $1T from Defense.
I support block granting Medicaid to the states.
We need to reduce Medicare spending by driving down the cost of healthcare through introducing market principals such as promoting personal responsibility with HSAs, tort reform, forcing insurance companies to compete across state lines and by allowing small businesses to band together to purchase insurance.

Do you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?
Other or expanded principles

I believe we need true campaign finance reform that includes more transparency. We should require more frequent online reporting. We should eliminate 527s and force full disclosure so the voters know who is paying for political advertisements.

YesDo you support capital punishment for certain crimes?
Other or expanded principles
NoCandidate AnswerDo you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth?
NoCandidate AnswerDo you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation?
YesDo you support spending on infrastructure projects for the purpose of job creation?
NoDo you support the temporary extension of unemployment benefits?
YesDo you support the 2010 temporary extension of tax relief?
Other or expanded principles

The main thing that will get the economy moving is to provide certainty. ... failed policies are hurting job creation because people who have money to invest are not doing so because of the uncertainty about the tax scheme, the regulatory scheme, the cost of energy and the cost of healthcare.

NoCandidate AnswerDo you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants?
Other or expanded principles
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production?
Other or expanded principles
NoDo you believe that human activity is contributing to climate change?
NoCandidate AnswerDo you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions?
Other or expanded principles
NoCandidate AnswerDo you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?
Other or expanded principles
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act?
NoShould individuals be required to purchase health insurance, as mandated in the 2010 Affordable Care Act?
Other or expanded principles
Unknown PositionInferred Answer Do you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations
  • Richard Hudson. Project Vote Smart 2012 North Carolina Political Courage Test. Selected "No Answer" for: "Do you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship?" Immigration: Other or expanded principles: "We have got to secure the border and stop the flow of illegal immigrants. Then we need to reform the legal immigration system so it is easier to come here legally than illegally. We need to reform our visa system so that we issue visas based on employer needs, not based on a lottery. We also need to end "birth right citizenship." Once we acheive these reforms, then we can consider what to do with illegal immigrants who are already here. They should never have a path to citizenship, but we need to deal with them compassionately and humanely."
  • Richard Hudson. Issue Position: Immigration. 20 March 2012. "Richard opposes illegal immigration in all forms. He believes government should discontinue offering public assistance to illegals to discourage them from coming to America illegally. Richard will fight to build the entire fence along the Southern Border of the United States and believes securing the border is the necessary first step in reforming our immigration policy. He opposes amnesty for illegals and will work to ensure that illegals convicted of crimes are swiftly deported upon the completion of their sentence." (votesmart.org)
NoDo you support allowing illegal immigrants, who were brought to the United States as minors, to pursue citizenship without returning to their country of origin?
YesDo you support the enforcement of federal immigration law by state and local police?
Other or expanded principles

We have got to secure the border and stop the flow of illegal immigrants. Then we need to reform the legal immigration system so it is easier to come here legally than illegally. We need to reform our visa system so that we issue visas based on employer needs, not based on a lottery. We also need to end "birth right citizenship." Once we acheive these reforms, then we can consider what to do with illegal immigrants who are already here. They should never have a path to citizenship, but we need to deal with them compassionately and humanely.

NoCandidate AnswerDo you support same-sex marriage?
Other or expanded principles
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict?
YesShould the U.S use military force in order to prevent Iran from possessing a nuclear weapon?
Other or expanded principles

The last thing anyone wants is to have to use military force in Iran. However, President Obama's policy is a failure. The best way to ensure that military force is not used is to have Iran believe we will use it. By taking that option off the table, by creating doubt about our support for Israel and by showing weakness in dealing with bad actors around the globe, President Obama has made the world a more dangerous place.

Unknown PositionInferred Answer Do you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts? View Citations
  • Richard Hudson. Project Vote Smart: 2012 North Carolina Political Courage Test. Selected "No Answer" for: "Do you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts?" Social Security: Other or expanded principles: "First, we must ensure the stability of Social Security and not change anything for anyone who is already retired or near retirement age. Larry Kissell's policy on Social Security is to let it go bankrupt so everyone loses their benefits. I believe we need to reform the system for those my age and younger so we can save Social Security."
Other or expanded principles

First, we must ensure the stability of Social Security and not change anything for anyone who is already retired or near retirement age. Larry Kissell's policy on Social Security is to let it go bankrupt so everyone loses their benefits. I believe we need to reform the system for those my age and younger so we can save Social Security.

Spending
Indicate what federal spending levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category; you can use a number more than once.
Slightly Decreasea) Agriculture
Greatly Decreaseb) Arts
Slightly Decreasec) Defense
Greatly Decreased) Education
Greatly Decreasee) Environment
Slightly Decreasef) Homeland Security
Greatly Decreaseg) International aid
Slightly Decreaseh) Medical Research
Slightly Decreasei) Scientific Research
Greatly Decreasej) Space exploration
Eliminatek) United Nations
Greatly Decreasel) Welfare
m) Other or expanded categories
Taxes
Indicate what federal tax levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category; you can use a number more than once.
Eliminatea) Capital gains taxes
Greatly Decreaseb) Corporate taxes
Maintain Statusc) Excise taxes (alcohol)
Maintain Statusd) Excise taxes (cigarettes)
Maintain Statuse) Excise taxes (transportation fuel)
f) Income taxes (low-income families)
g) Income taxes (middle-income families)
h) Income taxes (high-income families)
Eliminatei) Inheritance taxes
j) Payroll taxes
k) Other or expanded categories

f, g h: We need tax reform that broadens and flattens tax rates and eliminates many of the loop holes.

Please explain in a total of 100 words or less, your top two or three priorities if elected. If they require additional funding for implementation, please explain how you would obtain this funding.

First, we need to get the economy moving by eliminating burdensome regulations, reforming the tax code, establishing an "all of the above" energy policy and replacing ObamaCare with market reforms in health care. Second, we need to dramatically reduce spending, balance the budget and start paying down the national debt. Finallly, we need real immigration reform. We need to close the borders first and foremost, end "birth right citizenship," and then we can reform the legal immigration system so we can track immigrants, verify citizenship for employment, and then we can have a worker program that meets our workforce needs.

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