MILLER: Yes, in fact, I worked with Congress when that was proposed in 1981. We also need to have very tough employer sanctions, including sending employers to jail if they continue to hire people who are not here without work authorization. That's why people come to this country illegal, to get jobs. Unless we penalize the employers, people are going to continue to come.
Q: Mr. Webb, do you agree?
WEBB: I would agree that we should be using tamper-proof ID cards.
Q: Do you believe in punishing employers who hire people illegally?
WEBB: That is very a complex question because of the whole range of employers that are involved. Certainly large employers you could have sanctions. It's a question of accountability. When somebody is hiring somebody to mow a lawn or something like that, it's a lot different than a Wal-Mart of a Tyson's.
Being smart on crime is just as important as being tough on crime. We need to take low cost steps to help Virginia's finest do their jobs: [including] working with the federal government to enforce immigration laws, rather than diverting scarce state and local resources from other responsibilities.
If we do these things, we can end the crisis on our Southern Border and protect American workers from lawbreakers undercutting our labor market. No country can survive if it cannot control its borders. Tom favors tightening our laws and our borders to stop the flow of illegal immigrants into our country. He opposes amnesty for illegal aliens. Tom has led the fight in the General Assembly against illegal immigration and the use of taxpayer dollars to reward illegal immigrants who break our laws. Last year, Tom voted for SB 722, which prevents in-state tuition rates from being extended to illegals. This year, the GA passed Tom's bill, SB 270, that strips funding from sanctuary cities.
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