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Bob Schaffer on Immigration

Senate challenger 2008; previously Republican Representative (CO-4)


Opposes sanctuary cities; help local police enforce law

Schaffer said he opposes so-called sanctuary cities, and said the federal government should do more to help local law enforcement. "We need to provide incentives to encourage local sheriffs and local police departments to actually enforce immigration laws and when they incur expenses associated with incarcerating those who violated the law, or need to be deported, states out to be reimbursed and compensated," he said.

Udall said the federal government "has been missing in action." He suggested a number of reforms including tamper proof IDs, new technology for monitoring the border and a program that would allow for immigrants already in the country to "come out of the shadows," register themselves, pay a fine, go through a background check to prove they can speak English and are employed, then "go to the back of the line" to gain citizenship.

Source: 2008 Colorado Senate Debate reported on ABC7-Denver Channel Oct 17, 2008

Voted NO on extending Immigrant Residency rules.

Vote on motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill that would extend by four months a law allowing some immigrants to remain in the country while pursuing legal residency.
Reference: Motion sponsoerd by Gekas, R-PA; Bill HR1885 ; vote number 2001-127 on May 21, 2001

Voted YES on more immigrant visas for skilled workers.

Vote to pass a bill to increase the number of temporary visas granted to highly skilled workers from 65,000 to 115,000 by the year 2000.
Reference: Bill introduced by Smith, R-TX.; Bill HR 3736 ; vote number 1998-460 on Sep 24, 1998

More visas for families of lawful immigrants.

Schaffer co-sponsored more visas for families of lawful immigrants

To temporarily increase, for five years, the number of visas available for backlogged spouses and children of lawful permanent resident aliens.

Source: Immigration Backlog Reduction Act (H.R.1854) 1999-H1854 on May 18, 1999

Other candidates on Immigration: Bob Schaffer on other issues:
CO Gubernatorial:
Bill Ritter
CO Senatorial:
Ken Salazar
Mark Udall
Wayne Allard


2008 Senate retirements:

Wayne Allard(R,CO)
Larry Craig(R,ID)
Pete Domenici(R,NM)
Chuck Hagel(R,NE)
Trent Lott(R,MS)
Craig Thomas(R,WY)
John Warner(R,VA)

Incoming Obama Administration:

Pres.Barack Obama
V.P.Joe Biden
State:Hillary Clinton
HHS:Tom Daschle
Staff:Rahm Emanuel
DHS:Janet Napolitano
DOC:Bill Richardson
DoD:Robert Gates
A.G.:Eric Holder
Treas.:Tim Geithner
Winners of 2008 Senate Races:
( * if new to the Senate)
AK:*Begich over Stevens
AL:Sessions
AR:Pryor
CO:*Udall
DE:Biden and Kaufman
GA:Chambliss v.Martin (Dec. 2 runoff)
IA:Harkin
ID:*Risch
IL:Durbin
KS:Roberts
KY:McConnell
LA:Landrieu
MA:Kerry
ME:Collins
MI:Levin
MN:Coleman v.Franken (recounting as of Dec.1)
MS4:Wicker
MS6:Cochran
MT:Baucus
NC:*Hagan over Dole
NE:*Johanns
NH:*Shaheen over Sununu
NJ:Lautenberg
NM:*Udall
OK:Inhofe
OR:*Merkley over Smith
RI:Reed
SC:Graham
SD:Johnson
TN:Alexander
TX:Cornyn
VA:*Warner
WV:Rockefeller
WY4:Barrasso
WY6:Enzi
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