State of Nebraska Archives: on Immigration


Jane Raybould: Supports letting "DACA" youths stay

Raybould expressed support for continued protections for the so-called DACA youths who were brought to the United States as babies or young children when their parents or other adults entered the country illegally. "These children have grown up in our state," Raybould said. "We have made a tremendous investment in them. We want them here. They are Nebraskans and they are an educated and valuable part of our future."
Source: Lincoln Journal Star on 2018 Nebraska Senate race Aug 25, 2017

Don Bacon: More employer enforcement; more secure borders

We need to have employer enforcement when it comes to hiring illegals. This is the root cause of our illegal immigration problem. We also need to secure our borders. It is a security disaster to have over 300,000 illegal immigrants crossing our border every year. Finally, we owe it to the 4.5 million people who are waiting to come to the United States legally to not give amnesty for citizenship to those who came here illegally.
Source: 2016 Nebraska House campaign website DonBacon2016.com Nov 8, 2016

Peter Ricketts: No state services for illegal immigrants

Pete opposes utilizing Nebraska taxpayer money to support state-run programs for illegal immigrants. My immigration principles include:
  • Opposing amnesty in any form for those here illegally
  • Opposing taxpayer-funded benefits for illegal immigrants
  • Supporting mandatory use of E-verify, a legal employment verification system, for all employers
  • Opposing in-state tuition benefits for illegal immigrants
  • Opposing the issuance of drivers' licenses to illegal immigrants
  • Supporting long-term investments to fully secure the border
  • Supporting a crackdown on employers who willfully hire illegal labor
  • Supporting interior enforcement programs such as 287(g), which authorizes and empowers local law enforcement participation in immigration enforcement within their jurisdictions
    Source: 2014 Nebraska Governor campaign website, PeteRicketts.com Nov 4, 2014

    Shane Osborn: 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.

    Osborn: Strongly Agree

    Source: Faith2Action iVoterGuide on 2014 Nebraska Senate race Jul 2, 2014

    Ben Sasse: Neither party has gotten serious about border security

    The Federal Government's primary responsibility is to protect Americans from enemies foreign and domestic. The American people are not safe unless we know who is entering and leaving our country. Neither Party has been willing to get serious about border security, dating back to the mid-80s when a Republican president agreed to amnesty in exchange for promises of securing the border later. It never happened.

    President "You can keep your doctor" Obama refuses to lead on this issue because he is more concerned about turning Texas into a Democrat state than he is about solving the problem. Republicans must not make a deal with President Obama. We must secure th

    Source: 2014 Senate campaign website, www.SasseForNebraska.com Mar 18, 2014

    Shane Osborn: Begin with strict border control but don't allow citizenship

    Immigration reform should begin with strict border control and improvement of the system that processes legal immigrants, Osborn said. Providing a pathway to citizenship for immigrants illegally settled in the United States is not an option that should be considered at this point, he said. "First, we have to stop the bleeding," he said.
    Source: Lincoln Journal Star on 2014 Nebraska Senate race Jul 10, 2013

    Bob Krist: Provide prenatal care regardless of immigration status

    Excerpts from legislation: Verification of lawful presence in the US is not required for assistance for health care services, that are necessary for the treatment of an emergency medical condition, including emergency labor and delivery.

    Excerpts from veto message: Nothing in current law prohibits hospitals, private donors, or other benefactors across the state from assisting those in need of care, regardless of their immigration status. The issue presented by LB 599 is whether or not $2.5 million from hard-working Nebraskans should be used each year to pay for prenatal services for women who broke the immigration laws. This issue should not be confused with prenatal services to low-income women--taxpayers already fund those services through Medicaid .

    Legislative outcome: Bob Krist voted YEA on veto override; bill passed 31-15 on April 11; Governor vetoed on April 13; veto override on April 18.

    Source: Nebraska legislative voting records: LB 599 Apr 18, 2012

    Dave Heineman: No taxpayer-funded prenatal care for illegal immigrants

    Excerpts from legislation: Verification of lawful presence in the US is not required for assistance for health care services, that are necessary for the treatment of an emergency medical condition, including emergency labor and delivery.

    Excerpts from veto message: Nothing in current law prohibits hospitals, private donors, or other benefactors across the state from assisting those in need of care, regardless of their immigration status. The issue presented by LB 599 is whether or not $2.5 million from hard-working Nebraskans should be used each year to pay for prenatal services for women who broke the immigration laws. This issue should not be confused with prenatal services to low-income women--taxpayers already fund those services through Medicaid .

    Legislative outcome: Bill passed 31-15 on April 11; Governor Heineman vetoed on April 13; Senate passed veto override on April 18.

    Source: Nebraska legislative voting records: LB 599 Apr 13, 2012

    Dave Heineman: End Medicaid services for illegal immigrants

    The key issue remaining to be resolved is whether illegal immigrants should be receiving taxpayer-funded benefits. This is a difficult issue and we know that there is disagreement among well-meaning people. After a careful and thoughtful review of the various aspects of this issue, we are opposed to illegal immigrants receiving taxpayer-funded benefits.
    Source: 2010 Nebraska Gubernatorial press release Feb 25, 2010

    Scott Kleeb: Build border fence; increase border patrol

    Scott Kleeb believes the government’s first priority must be national security, and that begins with securing our borders. Scott will work to:
  • Secure funding to build a southwest border fence.
  • Pass the Secure America through Verification and Enforcement (SAVE) Act. This bill would increase the number of border patrol agents, and increase the use of surveillance equipment at the border.
  • Enhance connectivity between various government agencies and law enforcement operations.
    Source: Campaign booklet, Nebraska’s Brand of Change, p.28 Aug 19, 2008

    Scott Kleeb: No amnesty for lawbreakers

    Source: Campaign booklet, Nebraska’s Brand of Change, p.56 Aug 19, 2008

    Steven Larrick: Supports amnesty & a pathway to citizenship

    Source: Nebraska Congressional Election 2008 Political Courage Test Jun 25, 2008

    Mike Johanns: Secure the border, provide no amnesty

    My 5-point plan on illegal immigration is: secure the border, provide no amnesty, implement an effective employment verification program so employers only hire legal U.S. residents, those here illegally must go back to their home country and re-enter this country lawfully and if an illegal immigrant commits a serious crime while here, they forfeit the privilege of citizenship.
    Source: Nebraska Congressional Election 2008 Political Courage Test Jun 3, 2008

    Don Stenberg: Strengthen our borders

    I support a strong National defense and Homeland Security, and I will work to strengthen our borders.
    Source: 2006 Senate campaign website, www.stenbergfornebraska.com Jan 18, 2006

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