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Gavin Clarkson on Immigration

 

 


End birthright citizenship; oppose amnesty

My wife waited 14 years to become a citizen. Our immigration system is fundamentally broken. We must end birthright citizenship, visa lottery and chain migration. I oppose amnesty. Once the border is secure, I might consider a path to residency and possibly a path to citizenship for military veterans brought here illegally as children.

Our border is not secure. I support not just the wall, but a high-tech wall with monitoring equipment including motion detectors, infrared, and ground penetrating radar, all of which will need to be connected by high-speed optic fiber lines to command stations. Such infrastructure would also contribute to economic development.

Source: Albuquerque Journal˙on 2020 New Mexico Senate race , Jun 14, 2020

Oppose amnesty and path to citizenship, with exceptions

Q: Please give your position on DACA.

A: I do not support a path to citizenship, except for those who choose to honorably serve in the military. President Trump offered residency for all 1.8 million who qualify, not just the roughly 800,000 who applied, but Democrats are refusing to surrender the issue as a political wedge.

Q: Do you favor amnesty, a path to citizenship or worker permits for most or all of the people now living illegally in the U.S.? Who do you think should be deported?

A: Deportation should be for those here illegally who have committed additional crimes. I oppose amnesty. I believe in the rule of law and fairness for legal immigrants who followed the rules. I am willing to consider a path to residency for those who will not burden our social welfare systems.

Source: Ballotpedia.org Connection: 2020 New Mexico Senate race , Nov 1, 2018

I support not just the wall, but a high-tech wall

Q: Do you believe the borders are secure enough? If not, what do you propose should be done to increase their security? Do you support Trump's proposal to build a $25 billion wall?

A: I support not just the wall, but a high-tech wall, which will promote economic development in southern New Mexico. The wall needs high-tech monitoring equipment like motion detectors, infrared, and ground penetrating radar, all of which will need to be monitored at command stations linked by high-speed optic fiber lines.

Q: What's your position on skills-based immigration vs. family-based?

A: I would end chain-migration and the visa lottery. Merit-based work permits give folks everything they might want economically, except for the one thing that Democrats really seem to care about, which is naturalizing new voters.

Source: Ballotpedia.org Connection: 2020 New Mexico Senate race , Nov 1, 2018

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