Immigration has long been a hot button issue and ever more so after Trump descended his golden escalator, announced he was running and said of Mexicans “They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.” The issue reached a crescendo with his zero tolerance policy of separating immigrant parents from their children at the border – a problem that remains to this day as 100’s of families have yet to be reunited. It was not just activists, but everyday people who have been expressing their repugnance toward his immigration policies.
A simple litmus test for candidates is in the two questions on immigration in the VoteSmart questionnaire – “The Political Courage Test.” All our candidates responded to the questionnaire, but a few failed to answer one or both immigration questions. Candidates who refused to answer questions, did so despite repeated requests from Vote Smart.
The questions are:
- #1: “Do you support the construction of a wall along the Mexican border?”
- #2 “Do you support requiring immigrants who are unlawfully present to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship?”
Expanded principles & legislative priorities are are also available and entered exactly as the candidate has submitted it.
Here is how they answered, or failed to answer, each question. A NO on each question can be viewed as more empathetic, humane and progressive.
CD 2 Open Seat:
- Jeff VanDrew (D): #1 he left unanswered so he would not state his position. # 2 He answered NO.
- Seth Grossman (R): #1: He answered YES; # 2 he answered YES.
- Incumbent Tom Mac Arthur (R): He would not state his position leaving both questions unanswered.
- Challenger Andy Kim (D): He would not state his position leaving both questions unanswered.
- Incumbent Chris Smith (R): #1 he failed to answer. #2 he responded YES.
- Challenger Josh Welle (D): He responded NO to both questions.
- Incumbent Josh Gottheimer (D): He responded NO and NO.
- Challenger John McCann (R): He responded YES and YES.
- Incumbent Leonard Lance (R): He responded YES and YES.
- Challenger Tom Malinowski (D): He responded NO and NO.
CD 11 Open Seat
- Mikie Sherrill (D): She failed to answer both questions.
- Jay Webber (R): He failed to answer both questions.
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