David Fennell for California Lieutenant Governor

Thank you Robert Friedman, Paula Cary, Cregg Zimmerman, Maria Lovotti, Joan Bynam for your question your questions about my stance on Immigration & California Border issues.  

New York Senator Chuck Schummer and the “Gang of Eight” have proposed “Border Security, Economic Opportunity & Immigration Modernization Act Of 2013” cleverly marketed as “Immigration Reform”.

I am against this so called immigration Reform bill because it is impractical and bad for California and will not correct the problem.  

This bill is also unfair to those who are waiting to immigrate to the country legally. Suddenly making 10 million people citizens is a bad idea.

Only politicians from East Coast states could come up with a law as silly as what they are calling “Immigration Reform”.

This law states that 10 million people MUST:

  • be fingerprinted
  • pay fines
  • pay taxes
  • prove gainful employment
  • submit to and pass background checks
  • prove they’ve had a physical presence in the U.S. since before 2012

Give me a break. We have 10 million people that came in the country without paperwork. Now suddenly we are expecting them to fill out forms for tax preparers and dutifully pay fines, and be fingerprinted?

Like a typical East coast politician, Schummer is busy writing laws that have no enforcement component, and will provide people with less legal standing then they currently have.

California is a state that welcomes newcomers. Once you are legally in California you are a Californian. We welcome the additions, along with new trends and talents that new citizens bring here.

Before we can enact real reform, we need to look at the needs of our labor force for the next generation and beyond in California. We inherited a broken system that needs to be fixed, but it’s not going to be fixed overnight. Let’s use common sense to write a law that helps California succeed and grow without compromising our borders.