Saturday, September 02, 2006

Braley Opposes Both Amnesty and Deportation

In response to a public Congressional hearing on immigration that was held in Dubuque on Friday, Democratic candidate Bruce Braley issued a press release challenging opponent Mike Whalen to pledge that he has never hired an illegal immigrant.

Braley also got a good article in the Des Moines Register about his views on illegal immigration. He claims that he's against amnesty for illegals, but in the same breath says they should be allowed to stay here. He thinks they should have to pay a fine and back-Social Security payments covering their time of illegal employment.

"It has to be meaningful punishment and that is something Congress has to decide because the cost of deporting 12 million illegal immigrants would be over $200 billion," Braley said. "With rising deficits, taxpayers can't afford that, so we have to come up with a more creative way of addressing the problem."

Braley said, for example, that all illegal workers would be required to make back payments on Social Security and other taxes that they failed to pay while working illegally.

Whalen spokesman Brian Dumas does a good job of taking Braley to task for his contradictory viewpoints.

Dumas also took issue with Braley's statement that he opposes amnesty. "You can't have it both ways. Bruce Braley is not willing to deport illegal immigrants. That means he's in favor of amnesty."

I find it interesting that Braley is now trying to go on the attack on an issue that the Democrats wrote off as a Republican wedge issue during the primary. Immigration is a big issue, even in Iowa, so I think Braley can gain by doing this. I'm not sure though, that his stance is the right one to take. To "oppose" amnesty is the right thing to do, but to then say that their retribution (paying a fine rather than returning home) is not. How does Braley think the illegals working in Iowa are going to be able to afford to pay steep fines AND back payments to Social Security?

Braley called the Congressional hearings in Dubuque a political stunt. I think his false solution to the illegal immigration problem is no better.

5 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm waiting for Whalen's pledge.

3:47 PM, September 03, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I doubt you'll get a response.

3:32 PM, September 04, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Unfortunately for Dumas, Mike Whalen agrees with Braley and is both against amnesty and against deportation:

Whalen Said Mass Deportation Was Impractical. On Iowa Press in 2006, when asked, “Mr. Whalen, what do you do with the 12 million people that are here?” Whalen responded, “Well, the idea that we’re going to immediately deport them, as George Will said, that would take 200,000 buses stretching from San Diego to Anchorage, Alaska, and we’d force these people more underground.” [“Iowa Press,” 5/19/06]

Whalen Opposed Amnesty for Undocumented Immigrants. According to Mike Whalen on Iowa Press in 2006, “I think what you have to say is this: you’re not going to have amnesty…” [“Iowa Press,” 5/19/06]


http://www.iowademocrats.org/ht/display/ReleaseDetails/i/863210

10:56 AM, September 06, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Whelan isn't the only one beating that drum on illegal aliens. So-called conservative contenders for the the GOP presidential nomination echo Whelan's position -- they're against amnesty, but they're also against deportation.

There are few conservatives in the group of presidential contenders. One real conservative who believes in a tough immigration policy is Republican John Cox of Illinois. Hopefully, Iowans will give him a serious look-see the GOP nominee.

3:39 AM, September 22, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There is one Dubuque is done on Friday about immigration.On that day Braley got an article.And it is totally about his views on illegal immigration.He said that some illegal workers require to make back payments on social security.


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