Tim Kaine on Immigration

Democratic Senate Challenger; previously Governor


Make it easier for foreign students to get green cards

Both Allen and Kaine said they support tax reform that would encourage corporations to repatriate their foreign earnings. And they said they want to make it easier for foreign students to get visas and green cards after they graduate from American universities.
Source: Washington Post coverage of 2012 Virginia Senate Debates , Jun 28, 2012

Seeks defined path to earned citizenship, plus DREAM Act

Only in the event of full acceptance of responsibility and payment of appropriate fines should we allow individuals to seek lawful adjustment of their immigration status. I support the DREAM Act so that students brought to the US by their parents are not penalized, but instead given a meaningful opportunity to educate themselves and/or serve in our nation's military.
Source: 2012 Senate campaign website, www.kaineforva.com , Apr 25, 2012

Comprehensive immigration policy instead of xenophobia

Q: Do you agree with the Justice Department legal challenge filed today to Arizona's law [enforcing immigration laws at the state level because of a lack of enforcement at the federal level]?

KAINE: I do I think the Arizona law comes out of a frustration with a broken federal immigration policy, but the way to fix it is for senators and House members of both parties to do what they said they had been doing, they should have done years ago and come up with a comprehensive immigration policy at the federal level. The solution isn't for states to go one-off and enact harsh policies that really, you know, show a real xenophobic face about who we are. We need to fix this, fix it at the federal level, that is what the president is set on doing.

Source: RealClearPolitics.com on 2016 Veepstakes , Jul 6, 2010

Supercharged rhetoric causes hostility to New Americans

Securing the Commonwealth's future also means that we must set aside political rhetoric and carefully address the most complex and challenging issues we face--like illegal immigration.

We are a nation of laws. It is our obligation to enforce those laws, and we should continually assess the consequences of illegal immigration. It is equally important to recognize the many positive benefits of legal immigration. We cannot afford to let supercharged political rhetoric unfairly paint a picture of Virginians as a people who are hostile to New Americans.

There will be more proposals on immigration this year, and we should scrutinize them carefully. In doing so, we have to balance the need to enforce our laws with a few important realities. One in ten Virginians was born outside of the US, and most of us can trace our ancestors back to another country in only a few generations. The majority of immigrants today are legal and fully contribute, strengthening the social fabric of our communities.

Source: 2008 State of the State address to Virginia Assembly , Jan 9, 2008

Other governors on Immigration: Tim Kaine on other issues:
VA Gubernatorial:
Bob McDonnell
Ken Cuccinelli
Robert Sarvis
Terry McAuliffe
VA Senatorial:
Ed Gillespie
James Webb
Mark Warner
Robert Sarvis

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Lame ducks 2015-16:
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(term-limited 2016)
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(term-limited 2015)
LA-R: Bobby Jindal
(term-limited 2015)
MO-D: Jay Nixon
(term-limited 2016)
VT-D: Peter Shumlin
(retiring 2016)
WV-D: Earl Ray Tomblin
(term-limited 2016)
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