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Sam Granato on Immigration

 


Don't rip apart families; support the DREAM Act

On the immigration front, Bradley endorsed rounding up all immigrants here illegally and sending them home. Lee opposed that, but called for tougher enforcement of immigration laws to pressure them to go home.

"If we enforce laws more faithfully," Lee said, "jobs will dry up and they will go home."

Granato called for compassion and development of comprehensive immigration reform. "I do not believe in ripping families apart," he said. "We need to have compassion as we fix this."

Lee and Bradley also opposed the DREAM Act, which would allow children brought to America by undocumented immigrant parents to qualify for legal residency if they attend and complete college. "I don't believe we should be offering any benefit to people who come here in violation of our laws," Lee said.

Granato countered that the legislation would help children who have known no country except the United States. "I am fully in favor of the DREAM Act," he said.

Source: Salt Lake Tribune coverage of 2010 Utah Senate debate Sep 17, 2010

Keep 14th amendment; citizenship for kids born to aliens

Sam Granato said he would strongly oppose any effort to repeal or alter the 14th Amendment to the Constitution, which grants citizenship to all individuals born on US soil. "We need to fix our broken immigration system, but carelessly repealing important portions of our Constitution is not the way to do it. We need to enact comprehensive, common sense immigration reform on the federal level that addresses the real issues at the core of this problem--insufficient border security, a legal immigration process strangled by bureaucratic red tape, and the complicated task of resolving the legal status of those already here. These are the pressing issues Congress should be focusing on, not knee-jerk reactions that don't actually solve the problem," Granato said.

Granato's statement comes on the heels of numerous comments by his opponent, Mike Lee, over the past several months indicating his support for repealing the 14th Amendment to prevent the citizenship of what he calls "anchor babies."

Source: Campaign press release, "14th Amendment" Aug 13, 2010

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