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Issue Position: Fixing Immigration

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Coloradans tell Bob they're fed up with the current political bickering in the U.S. House and Senate preventing solutions to America's illegal-immigration crisis. Ordinary Coloradans just want to know, "Why can't we enforce the laws on the books?" Bob agrees. According to him, the only reason the current politicians haven't addressed illegal immigration is because they lack the will and lack the courage.

Though Bob understands the problem is complicated and may take time after so many years of neglect, the underlying principle is rather straightforward: We must reward legal immigration and punish illegal immigration. In other words, the cost and risk associated with breaking the law must become higher than the cost and risk associated with complying. The current system does just the opposite.

As the son of an immigrant (who followed the rules to full naturalization), Bob supports legal immigration and he is pro-naturalization. Bob understands the needs of Colorado's business community and wants to ensure they have a legal process for filling temporary employment needs.

Know the Difference:

Bob Schaffer

-Supports securing the border. (H.R. 3525, RC Vote# 131, 5/8/02)

-Supports allowing the military to prevent terrorists and drug traffickers from entering the U.S. (HR.4205, RC Vote #197, 5/18/00)

-Opposes "sanctuary cities."

-Supports pay increases to Border Patrol Agents. (H.R. 3525, RC Vote# 131, 5/8/02)

-Supports limits on "chain migration."

-Supports treating illegal immigration as a crime.

-Opposes taxpayer-subsidized benefits for which U.S. citizens are ineligible.

-Supports prohibiting illegal aliens from voting in union-organizing elections.

-Opposes issuing food stamps to visitors from foreign countries.

-Supports using fraud-proof and tamper-resistant biometric identifiers such as fingerprints or retina scans on visas, passports and other travel documents. (HR 3525 #131 5/8/02)

-Supports increased deportation of terrorist aliens by deporting on the basis of terrorist-related grounds of inadmissibility.

-Supports requiring the Homeland Security Department to include information on anyone convicted of using a false driver's license to board an airplane in aviation security screening databases.

Mark Udall

-Opposes securing the Mexican border with the United States. Favors "possibly opening up the border every once in a while." (Durango Herald, 4/21/01)

-Opposes allowing the military to prevent terrorists and drug traffickers from entering the U.S. (HR.4205, RC Vote #197, 5/18/00)

-Supports "sanctuary cities." (H.R. 2638, RC Vote #485, 5/15/07)

-Did not support pay increases to Border Patrol Agents. (H.R. 3525, RC Vote# 131, 5/8/02)

-Supports (cosponsored) legislation to allow citizens and permanent residents to sponsor their same-sex partner for immigration benefits. (H.R. 3006, Introduced 6/21/05)

-Opposes treating illegal immigration as a crime. (Mark Udall E-Newsletter 12/20/05)

-Supports (cosponsored) legislation to permit federal subsidies to colleges that provide "in-state" tuition breaks to foreign visitors in the U.S. illegally. (H.R. 1275, Introduced 3/29/07)

-Opposes prohibiting illegal aliens from voting in union-organizing elections. (HR 800 #117 3/1/07)

-Supports increasing issuing food stamps to visitors from foreign countries. (Rep. Mark Udall: Congressional 2000 National Political Awareness Test, Project Vote Smart)

-Did not support using fraud-proof and tamper-resistant biometric identifiers such as fingerprints or retina scans on visas, passports and other travel documents. (HR 3525 #131 5/8/02)

-Opposes increased deportation of terrorist aliens by deporting on the basis of terrorist-related grounds of inadmissibility. (H.R. 10, RC Vote #516, 10/8/04)

-Opposes requiring the Homeland Security Department to include information on anyone convicted of using a false driver's license to board an airplane in aviation security screening databases. (HR 418, RC Vote #31, 2/10/05).

Bob Schaffer's Vision for Fixing the U.S. Immigration System:

Bob has made several policy presentations to citizen groups and civic organizations throughout Colorado over the past year. The topic of border security, illegal immigration and reforming the immigration system is a frequent theme. Following are some of the ideas Bob has proposed on the campaign trail:

* Oppose amnesty. Bob Schaffer opposes amnesty - period.

* Secure the border. Bob believes America's borders must be secured immediately deploying all effective methods necessary - physical barriers, remote sensing, manpower and enhanced port security.

* Quickly determine one's immigration status. A foolproof identification, tracking and immigration-control system must be devised to establish fairness for legal guest workers, employers and U.S. citizens. An accurate, quick, easy and inexpensive method to determine the immigration status of current and prospective employees must be developed.

* Set objective visa quotas. Annual visa quotas should be based upon objective labor data rather than the arbitrary whims of politicians. A rational formula should be established that allows temporary work permits for the exact kinds and quantities of workers needed while making sure no U.S. citizen's job opportunity is displaced.

* Enhance reward and risk. Bob believes America must correct the imbalance between the reward associated with complying with immigration laws versus the risk associated with breaking them. Foreign visitors who respect and follow America's immigration laws, show the courtesy of passing through U.S. Customs stations and honoring the contract terms of a visa should be afforded the privilege of participating legally in a growing American economy. All pathways to citizenship should be predicated upon fully legal immigration and demonstrated respect for American rule of law.

* Stop rewarding illegal behavior. Bob believes Congress should stop funding benefits for foreign visitors in the country illegally. American citizens should not be forced, for example, to subsidize college tuition, housing assistance, drivers' licenses, welfare and other benefits as a matter of entitlement.

* Prohibit illegal aliens from voting in labor unions. Bob supports preserving labor-union elections for legal U.S. workers only. Labor unions should not be permitted to utilize illegal immigrants to force unionization on American workers who don't want it.

* Pursue other strategies for border security and immigration reform. Bob supports more strategies to establish border security and immigration reform - some may be added to this list at a later date. If you have further ideas on how to promote better border security and immigration reform, please share them with Bob's campaign.

Bob Schaffer's Record on Fixing Immigration:

* Bob voted to provide pay increases to Border Patrol Agents. (H.R. 3525, RC Vote #131, 5/8/02)

* Bob consistently supported securing the border. (H.R. 3525, RC Vote #131, 5/8/02; H.R. 1119, RC Vote #224, 6/20/97; H.R. 3616, RC Vote #180, 5/21/98; H.R. 4205, RC Vote #197, 5/18/00; H.R. 4546, RC Vote #154, 5/10/02)

* Bob voted to require countries participating in the Visa Waiver Program to tell U.S. government officials about any thefts of blank passports. (H.R. 3525, RC Vote# 131, 5/8/02)

* Bob voted to implement fraud-proof and tamper-resistant biometric identifiers such as fingerprints or retina scans on visas, passports and other travel documents. (H.R. 3525, RC Vote# 131, 5/8/02)

* Bob voted to provide Border Patrol Agents with additional armed support if necessary. (H.R. 1119, RC Vote #224, 6/20/97; H.R. 3616, RC Vote #180, 5/21/98; H.R. 4205, RC Vote #197, 5/18/00; H.R. 4546, RC Vote #154, 5/10/02)

* Bob voted to restrict funding for the processing of applications by long-haul commercial carriers based in Mexico to enter the U.S.A., thus achieving leverage for stronger safety inspections. (HR 2299, RC Vote #193, 6/26/01)

* Bob voted to increase to $1,000 (from $300) the fine against planes and passenger ships traveling from foreign countries that fail to give U.S. immigration officials lists of passengers and crew members before arriving. (H.R. 3525, RC Vote #131, 5/8/02)

* Bob received an "A" lifetime rating from Americans for Better Immigration. (www.betterimmigration.com).

* Bob supported many other proposals to promote border security and a legal immigration system throughout the time he served in the US House of Representative and in the private sector.


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