Mark Warner on Immigration

Democratic Jr Senator; previously Governor


Co-sponsored path to citizenship for "DREAMers"

Q: Path to citizenship for "DACA" participants brought to the U.S. as children? Expand border walls?

Mark Warner: Yes. Co-sponsored bipartisan amendment offering path to citizenship for "DREAMers," along with $25 billion for border wall funding. Opposed Trump diversion of funds for wall.

Daniel Gade: No position found on DACA. Supports temporary guest worker program and "recruiting high-skilled workers from other countries." Would limit humanitarian asylum.

Source: CampusElect survey of 2020 Virginia Senate race , Sep 30, 2020

Send migrant kids back to Central America, after processing

Both men agreed that migrant children should be sent back to Central America: Gillespie declined to take a position on the bill introduced by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), which would prohibit any further expansion of Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, a program that shields some young undocumented immigrants from deportation. "I have not seen the bill," said Gillespie. "I haven't seen Sen. Cruz's bill, but I think President Obama overreached, and we're seeing the consequences today. The compassionate response is to make clear, 'Don't keep doing this, don't keep sending these children here, because they are not going to be afforded American citizenship,'" he added. "The most compassionate thing we can do is for them to return to their parents."

Warner emphasized the need to speed up the processing of these children, but he said "many of these children will be sent home. That process will result in some of those kids going back, but there ought to be a process," he said.

Source: Politico.com weblog on 2014 Virginia Senate debate , Jul 26, 2014

Federal failure on immigration means states must take action

Recognizing the failure of the federal government to meet its commitments in curbing illegal immigration, Gov. Warner took aggressive action: