David Young – right on immigration

David Young has the right position on immigration.  What penalty should be paid by illegal immigrants, some of whom have lived and worked here for many years?  Just as the penalty for most crimes is not death or prison, the penalty for illegal immigration should not be limited to deportation.  Those who illegally immigrated as adults should be subject to some type of penalty, such as a fine, but still be allowed a path to legal status.  That legal status does not necessarily have to include a path to citizenship.  That penalty might also limit access to our welfare safety net for a specified number of years. Young suggests that we provide a path to a guest worker status or a “green card” status.  He recognizes that we need to secure our borders, but he also understands that we need to, “put a face” on these fellow human beings.”  Most immigrants, including illegal immigrants, are just looking for a better life for themselves and their families, just like most of our own ancestors.  By taking this position on immigration, Young has shown that he is an independent thinker and does not blindly follow the Republican party line.  Although I disagree with him on other issues, I believe he is clearly the best candidate to represent Iowa in Congress.

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