State of Oklahoma Archives: on Immigration

Kevin Stitt: Supports border protection; opposes sanctuary cities

Stitt said, "First off, I support President Trump. We've got to have strong borders in our state. Like the mayor said, we've got to know who's coming into our country. "But I do not believe in sanctuary cities. We have to be a state of laws. And as governor I will enforce laws. I will enforce the immigration laws. We will not have sanctuary cities. We'll have to tell our law enforcement that they're going to have to enforce the laws."
Source: The Oklahoman on 2018 Oklahoma Gubernatorial race Jul 21, 2018

Chris Powell: Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens

Q: Do you support or oppose the statement, "Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens"?

A: Support.

Source: OnTheIssues interview of 2018 Oklahoma Governor candidate May 15, 2018

Joe Maldonado: Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens

Q: Do you support or oppose the statement, "Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens"?

A: Yes.

Source: OnTheIssues interview of 2018 Oklahoma Governor candidate May 15, 2018

Drew Edmondson: Don't back federal government deporting DREAMers

Democratic candidate Drew Edmondson said that he would see no compelling reason to help the federal government deport so-called "Dreamers" if he is elected governor. "I don't know if that's still going to be an issue in January 2019 or not, but that is an area where I would see no compelling reason for the state of Oklahoma to assist federal authorities in taking action that we might not feel is just," Edmondson said at a forum on the campus of the University of Arts and Sciences of Oklahoma.
Source: The Oklahoman on 2018 Oklahoma gubernatorial race Mar 8, 2018

Mick Cornett: Says the term "sanctuary cities" is a manipulative label

Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett said President Trump and his Cabinet should pay more attention to the details of their immigration policy rather than threatening "sanctuary cities," which mayors said was an imprecise term used to stir up fears among voters. "We're not interested in some label that seems to be generated by people outside the mainstream for some political or manipulative effect," said Cornett, who will soon finish his term as president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors.
Source: on 2018 Oklahoma gubernatorial race Mar 29, 2017

Mike Workman: Comprehensive immigration reform plus path to citizenship

Workman's campaign issues are all in the right place: he's for income equality, a $15 minimum wage, expanding the Affordable Care Act with the goal of eventual universal coverage, comprehensive immigration reform including a path to citizenship, and automatic voter registration. He's unapologetically pro-choice and in favor of common sense gun laws, although in Oklahoma he might get farther by advocating the sale of assault rifles to fetuses.
Source: on 2016 Oklahoma Senate race Jun 26, 2016

James Inhofe: Protect the borders; prevent illegal entry

Question topic: Government should enforce laws designed to protect the border and to prevent illegal entry of persons into the country.

Inhofe: Strongly Agree

Source: Faith2Action iVoterGuide on 2014 Oklahoma Senate race Sep 30, 2014

Matt Silverstein: Opposes housing refugee immigrants in military facilities

Today Senator Jim Inhofe was forced to face his flip-flop on immigration when questioned about his 2008 vote to house immigrants in military facilities. Recently, Inhofe has sharpened his attacks on the practice of using U.S. military installations to house immigrant children who are fleeing violence and exploitation. Only today was he forced to come clean that he had indeed voted for the law that put them in those military facilities.

Contrary to his previous position, Inhofe now purports to see a host of ills stemming from the protection of these compromised children. "Senator Inhofe was part of the problem that created this situation in the first place, and now he is running and hiding from his own vote as a U.S. Senator," said Matt Silverstein, Democratic Nominee for U.S. Senate. "What Senator Inhofe is failing to tell voters is that the law he voted for is the real cause of this border crisis."

Source: 2014 Oklahoma Senate campaign website, Jul 22, 2014

Joe Carr: Refugees cost millions in school & medical costs

Joe Carr has been arguing that Tennessee's refugee population is bad for the state because they cost us money. So, they commissioned a study. The estimates show Tennessee taxpayers spent $40 million last year to educate school-age refugees and $26 million to cover those on TennCare. But refugees remit more than $103 million in taxes.

That sure sounds like refugees add a lot to our state. But Carr is now dismissing the study, saying, "We don't know if it's flawed." Apparently one of the flaws is that the study doesn't take into account how many immigrants might be in prison.

Well, it costs roughly $25,000 a year to house a prisoner. We also know that there are roughly 21,000 inmates in our prisons--0.3% of the population. Even if 1% of all refugees were incarcerated--more than triple that rate--that would cost Tennessee $14 million. Even if we take out the money for our hypothetical prisoners, refugees in general are still making a huge positive economic contribution to the state.

Source: Nashville Scene on 2014 Oklahoma Senate debate Nov 14, 2013

Jim Bridenstine: Secure the borders to stop movement of narcotics and slaves

Q: Do you support allowing illegal immigrants, who were brought to the US as minors, to pursue citizenship without returning to their country of origin?

A: No.

Q: Do you support the enforcement of federal immigration law by state and local police?

A: Yes. The laws of the US must be enforced unless they are changed by legislative process. We must secure the borders of the United States so that illegal movement of persons, narcotics, slaves and weapons across the border is stopped.

Source: Oklahoma Congressional 2012 Political Courage Test Oct 30, 2012

Joe Dorman: Constitutional amendment for English as official language

Dorman voted YEA on HJR 1042, English as Official State Language, Joint Resolution Passed House (66-32).
Source: Vote Smart's Synopsis of Oklahoma Legislative voting records Mar 11, 2009

Scott Inman: Constitutional amendment for English as official language

Inman voted YEA on HJR 1042, English as Official State Language, Joint Resolution Passed House (66-32).
Source: Vote Smart's Synopsis of Oklahoma Legislative voting records Mar 11, 2009

Andrew Rice: Opposes Mexico Totalization Agreement & benefits to illegals

Q: If the President signs the final Executive Totalization Social Security Agreement with Mexico it could lead to Social Security benefits going to individuals who worked in the U.S. while illegal. Do you support the Totalization Agreement?

A: Yes, I would oppose the President signing this agreement.

Source: Senior Citizens League Guide to 2008 Oklahoma Senate Debate Oct 10, 2008

Joe Dorman: Criminalize assisting or employing illegal aliens

Dorman voted YEA on HJR 1042, SCS HB 1804, Immigration Reform, Bill Passed House (84-14).
Source: Vote Smart's Synopsis of Oklahoma Legislative voting records May 1, 2007

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