Justin Fareed, Republican “Q: In what way would you secure the border, we hear a lot of talk about a wall so you support building a wall? A: Whatever is economically feasible that solves the problem. It’s more than just a wall. It’s our airports and having a well monitored tracking system and knowing who’s coming and for how long, where they are going and what that looks like. We have an issue of panga boats on the Centra Coast, so now we’re talking about our coast guard.

24th District Congressional Candidates on Immigration

By Carina Corral

Posted on May 31

KSBY

Before you head to the polls next week, I sat down with the nine congressional candidates running to replace the retiring Lois Capps, after more than 20 years in office.

Immigration, drought and student debt were seen as the most important issues in district 24, according to a poll on the KSBY Facebook page.

In alphabetical order, here’s where the candidates stand on immigration legislation:

Kathco Achadjian, Republican “Those who are making an honest living I’m all for coming up with  guest worker program or bringing back the braceros program to help them stay legally while they have jobs and then go back when the season is off because I think a lot of them want to go back but coming back to the U.S. can be very difficult so I believe we need to look at it step by step, have a process in place and those who want to work have the braceros program in place make life easier for them and especially help our farmers.”

Salud Carbajal, Democrat “Legislation that allows a path toward citizenship, but doing it in a way that is effective and also making sure that everyone goes through the process where taxes are paid, fees are paid to apply for citizenship and that adequate security background checks are effectuated.”

Justin Fareed, Republican “Q: In what way would you secure the border, we hear a lot of talk about a wall so you support building a wall?
A: Whatever is economically feasible that solves the problem. It’s more than just a wall. It’s our airports and having a well monitored tracking system and knowing who’s coming and for how long, where they are going and what that looks like. We have an issue of panga boats on the Centra Coast, so now we’re talking about our coast guard.

Steve Isakson, Independent “It’s time for them to come out of the shadows. It’s wrong for them to be in the shadows to begin with. I think we should treat them with respect that our neighbors deserve. Yes I’m for finding a legal method for them to be here, perhaps even citizenship. I think it would benefit all of us. As far as building a wall? No, I don’t think it’s practical.”

Matt Kokkonen, Republican “I’m all in favor of leal immigration. If you’re here legally I say, ‘welcome.’ If you’re here illegally I say, ‘please go back.'”
Q: “And would you support legislation to send those who are here illegally back?”
A: “You know they would self deport if they can’t have jobs here because the employers would not be hiring those who are here illegally. I would make sure employers follow the e-verify program and employers are the ones that would be sanctioned if they have illegals working for them.”

Benjamin Lucas, Democrat “My suggestion would be a 90 day path to citizenship. You’d have 90 days to show up to a service station for the community you could register, give a DNA sample, a fingerprint, a legal residency and in seven years by criteria established by immigration you become a citizen. If you don’t sign up after that it’d be a felony to cross the border, not  misdemeanor anymore.”

Bill Ostrander, Democrat “Making it easier to bring in temporary workers would be a real improvement to both our food systems and the local economy. I also think we should relook at the H1B program because there a 147 people at UCLA that have been given VISAs from across the world doing jobs such as assist professor those are head of household jobs of $66,000 a year, we should look at that program because I think its being taken advantage of by institutions and corporations.”

Helene Schneider, Democrat “I think you need to have a combination of policies that include securing our border, it includes allowing people to come out of the shadows and figure out a way that they can become permanent residents or citizens depending on how that comes together, we need to help farmers and employers figure out the bureaucracy of the visa program in a way that is efficient and effective.”

John Uebersax, Independent “It all boils down to the fact that our ability to solve simple administrative problems, which is all immigration is, is thrown out of whack because we’re stressed out after 15 years of war. A war is a crisis. It depletes resources of the nation and the symptom of prolonged warfare is precisely that when some other crisis comes along you cannot cope with it and that’s what we are experiencing with immigration.”