State of Nebraska Archives: on Immigration


Chuck Herbster: Secure our borders to protect jobs, scarce resources

Nebraska is home to the greatest farms, small businesses and people in the world. To keep the good life great, we must come together and tackle some of the most difficult issues of our time: Demand the federal government secures our borders to protect our jobs and scarce resources.
Source: 2021 Governor campaign website HerbsterForNebraska.com Jun 7, 2021

Chris Janicek: Endorsed by Latinx group, opposes collaboration with ICE

The League of United Latin American Citizens Council 35005 of Nebraska and President Elsa Ramon Aranda announce their endorsement of Janicek. "Chris understands the Latino voter and the issues the community faces everyday."

Janicek echoed Aranda's sentiments stating, "We are both particularly concerned about 287(g) where collaborations between local jurisdictions and U.S. Immigration-Customs Enforcement allow racial profiling and civil rights violations."

Source: 2020 Nebraska Senate endorsements: JanicekForSenate2020.com Jun 11, 2020

Chris Janicek: We need immigrants to work and contribute to our economy

Our Immigration system needs to be reformed immediately. We are spending hundreds of millions to detain and separate families at our borders. Our country needs immigrants to work and contribute to our economy and tax base. This must be done legally, humanely and efficiently. Those that break and violate our laws will be deported.
Source: KOLN/KGIN 1011-NOW on 2020 Nebraska Senate race Apr 23, 2020

Chris Janicek: Current immigration system broken & violates human rights

Our immigration system is broken and in violation of human rights and current immigration law. Immigrants crossing the border through legal points of entry seeking asylum should be documented and within 48 hours have a legal decision on residency. It is costing the U.S. taxpayer hundreds of millions and destroying families and lives through separation and detaining. Our country needs this workforce and input into our economy. Those that break and violate the law should be deported.
Source: Norfolk Daily News on 2020 Nebraska Senate race Apr 23, 2020

Ben Sasse: Emergencies Act too broad; except Trump's border policies

Sasse is fond of talking about the importance of Congress as a check on runaway executive power but declined to play his part in stopping such a power grab. "We have an obvious crisis at the border," he said, defending Trump's authority to use the National Emergencies Act to address it. "I think that law is overly broad and I want to fix it, but Nancy Pelosi doesn't," Sasse said. "As a constitutional conservative, I believe that the NEA currently on the books should be narrowed considerably."
Source: Reason Magazine on 2020 Nebraska Senate race Mar 14, 2019

Bob Krist: Voted in support of DACA recipients

During Krist's time in the Legislature, he has been independent and moderate in his support of many issues. During those years, both the Douglas County and Sarpy County Republican parties had threatened to censure him for votes on various issues, including prenatal care for undocumented women, support of DACA recipients and rules changes to allow an open vote on elections of committee chairs, which have been secret ballots for years.
Source: Lincoln Journal-Star on Nebraska Legislative voting records Oct 27, 2018

Bob Krist: Supports prenatal care for illegal immigrants

Krist was appointed by former Gov. Dave Heineman as a Republican. He has often bucked his own party leaders on issues such as prenatal care for illegal immigrants but has said that his opposition to abortion separates him from the Democratic Party.

Ricketts' campaign manager, Jessica Flanagain, said: "Krist has had a drama-filled pathway to registering with the (Democratic) party he's voted with for years."

Source: Omaha World-Herald on 2018 Nebraska governor race Feb 13, 2018

Jane Raybould: Supports letting "DACA" youths stay

Raybould expressed support for continued protections for the so-called DACA youths who were brought to the United States as babies or young children when their parents or other adults entered the country illegally. "These children have grown up in our state," Raybould said. "We have made a tremendous investment in them. We want them here. They are Nebraskans and they are an educated and valuable part of our future."
Source: Lincoln Journal Star on 2018 Nebraska Senate race Aug 25, 2017

Don Bacon: More employer enforcement; more secure borders

We need to have employer enforcement when it comes to hiring illegals. This is the root cause of our illegal immigration problem. We also need to secure our borders. It is a security disaster to have over 300,000 illegal immigrants crossing our border every year. Finally, we owe it to the 4.5 million people who are waiting to come to the United States legally to not give amnesty for citizenship to those who came here illegally.
Source: 2016 Nebraska House campaign website DonBacon2016.com Nov 8, 2016

Peter Ricketts: No state services for illegal immigrants

Pete opposes utilizing Nebraska taxpayer money to support state-run programs for illegal immigrants. My immigration principles include:
  • Opposing amnesty in any form for those here illegally
  • Opposing taxpayer-funded benefits for illegal immigrants
  • Supporting mandatory use of E-verify, a legal employment verification system, for all employers
  • Opposing in-state tuition benefits for illegal immigrants
  • Opposing the issuance of drivers' licenses to illegal immigrants
  • Supporting long-term investments to fully secure the border
  • Supporting a crackdown on employers who willfully hire illegal labor
  • Supporting interior enforcement programs such as 287(g), which authorizes and empowers local law enforcement participation in immigration enforcement within their jurisdictions
    Source: 2014 Nebraska Governor campaign website, PeteRicketts.com Nov 4, 2014

    Shane Osborn: Protect the borders; prevent illegal entry

    Question topic: Government should enforce laws designed to protect the border and to prevent illegal entry of persons into the country.

    Osborn: Strongly Agree

    Source: Faith2Action iVoterGuide on 2014 Nebraska Senate race Jul 2, 2014

    Ben Sasse: Neither party has gotten serious about border security

    The Federal Government's primary responsibility is to protect Americans from enemies foreign and domestic. The American people are not safe unless we know who is entering and leaving our country. Neither Party has been willing to get serious about border security, dating back to the mid-80s when a Republican president agreed to amnesty in exchange for promises of securing the border later. It never happened.

    President "You can keep your doctor" Obama refuses to lead on this issue because he is more concerned about turning Texas into a Democrat state than he is about solving the problem. Republicans must not make a deal with President Obama. We must secure th

    Source: 2014 Senate campaign website, www.SasseForNebraska.com Mar 18, 2014

    Shane Osborn: Begin with strict border control but don't allow citizenship

    Immigration reform should begin with strict border control and improvement of the system that processes legal immigrants, Osborn said. Providing a pathway to citizenship for immigrants illegally settled in the United States is not an option that should be considered at this point, he said. "First, we have to stop the bleeding," he said.
    Source: Lincoln Journal Star on 2014 Nebraska Senate race Jul 10, 2013

    Bob Krist: Provide prenatal care regardless of immigration status

    Excerpts from legislation: Verification of lawful presence in the US is not required for assistance for health care services, that are necessary for the treatment of an emergency medical condition, including emergency labor and delivery.

    Excerpts from veto message: Nothing in current law prohibits hospitals, private donors, or other benefactors across the state from assisting those in need of care, regardless of their immigration status. The issue presented by LB 599 is whether or not $2.5 million from hard-working Nebraskans should be used each year to pay for prenatal services for women who broke the immigration laws. This issue should not be confused with prenatal services to low-income women--taxpayers already fund those services through Medicaid .

    Legislative outcome: Bob Krist voted YEA on veto override; bill passed 31-15 on April 11; Governor vetoed on April 13; veto override on April 18.

    Source: Nebraska legislative voting records: LB 599 Apr 18, 2012

    Dave Heineman: No taxpayer-funded prenatal care for illegal immigrants

    Excerpts from legislation: Verification of lawful presence in the US is not required for assistance for health care services, that are necessary for the treatment of an emergency medical condition, including emergency labor and delivery.

    Excerpts from veto message: Nothing in current law prohibits hospitals, private donors, or other benefactors across the state from assisting those in need of care, regardless of their immigration status. The issue presented by LB 599 is whether or not $2.5 million from hard-working Nebraskans should be used each year to pay for prenatal services for women who broke the immigration laws. This issue should not be confused with prenatal services to low-income women--taxpayers already fund those services through Medicaid .

    Legislative outcome: Bill passed 31-15 on April 11; Governor Heineman vetoed on April 13; Senate passed veto override on April 18.

    Source: Nebraska legislative voting records: LB 599 Apr 13, 2012

    Dave Heineman: End Medicaid services for illegal immigrants

    The key issue remaining to be resolved is whether illegal immigrants should be receiving taxpayer-funded benefits. This is a difficult issue and we know that there is disagreement among well-meaning people. After a careful and thoughtful review of the various aspects of this issue, we are opposed to illegal immigrants receiving taxpayer-funded benefits.
    Source: 2010 Nebraska Gubernatorial press release Feb 25, 2010

    Scott Kleeb: Build border fence; increase border patrol

    Scott Kleeb believes the government’s first priority must be national security, and that begins with securing our borders. Scott will work to:
  • Secure funding to build a southwest border fence.
  • Pass the Secure America through Verification and Enforcement (SAVE) Act. This bill would increase the number of border patrol agents, and increase the use of surveillance equipment at the border.
  • Enhance connectivity between various government agencies and law enforcement operations.
    Source: Campaign booklet, Nebraska’s Brand of Change, p.28 Aug 19, 2008

    Scott Kleeb: No amnesty for lawbreakers

    Source: Campaign booklet, Nebraska’s Brand of Change, p.56 Aug 19, 2008

    Steven Larrick: Supports amnesty & a pathway to citizenship

    Source: Nebraska Congressional Election 2008 Political Courage Test Jun 25, 2008

    Mike Johanns: Secure the border, provide no amnesty

    My 5-point plan on illegal immigration is: secure the border, provide no amnesty, implement an effective employment verification program so employers only hire legal U.S. residents, those here illegally must go back to their home country and re-enter this country lawfully and if an illegal immigrant commits a serious crime while here, they forfeit the privilege of citizenship.
    Source: Nebraska Congressional Election 2008 Political Courage Test Jun 3, 2008

    Don Stenberg: Strengthen our borders

    I support a strong National defense and Homeland Security, and I will work to strengthen our borders.
    Source: 2006 Senate campaign website, www.stenbergfornebraska.com Jan 18, 2006

    • The above quotations are from State of Nebraska Politicians: Archives.
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    2020 Presidential contenders on Immigration:
      Democrats running for President:
    Sen.Michael Bennet (D-CO)
    V.P.Joe Biden (D-DE)
    Mayor Mike Bloomberg (I-NYC)
    Gov.Steve Bullock (D-MT)
    Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D-IN)
    Sen.Cory Booker (D-NJ)
    Secy.Julian Castro (D-TX)
    Gov.Lincoln Chafee (L-RI)
    Rep.John Delaney (D-MD)
    Rep.Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI)
    Sen.Amy Klobuchar (D-MN)
    Gov.Deval Patrick (D-MA)
    Sen.Bernie Sanders (I-VT)
    CEO Tom Steyer (D-CA)
    Sen.Elizabeth Warren (D-MA)
    Marianne Williamson (D-CA)
    CEO Andrew Yang (D-NY)

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    CEO Don Blankenship (C-WV)
    Gov.Lincoln Chafee (L-RI)
    Howie Hawkins (G-NY)
    Gov.Gary Johnson(L-NM)
    Howard Schultz(I-WA)
    Gov.Jesse Ventura (I-MN)
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    Gov.Larry Hogan (R-MD)
    Gov.John Kasich(R-OH)
    V.P.Mike Pence(R-IN)
    Gov.Mark Sanford (R-SC)
    Pres.Donald Trump(R-NY)
    Rep.Joe Walsh (R-IL)
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    Gov.John Hickenlooper (D-CO)
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