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Immigration and Border Security Senator Tim Kaine, Democratic VP candidate, supports reforming immigration system Democratic Presidential Candidate, Hilary Clinton has named Senator Tim Kaine of Virginia as her Vice- Presidential running mate. A look into Tim Kaine’s past positions on immigration reveal that he has supported steps towards reforming America’s immigration system, has spoken out against punitive, anti-immigrant measures at the state level, and has made significant efforts to reach out to the immigrant community. In 2010, while serving as Chairman of the Democratic National Committee he admonished Arizona’s notorious, anti-immigrant measure SB 1070, calling it “smallminded and short-sighted.” Tim Kaine also supported the DREAM Act and as a Senator voted yes on S. 744, the last immigration reform bill to pass the senate. He also famously gave a floor speech on the need for immigration reform in fluent Spanish while the debate over the legislation waged. In 2015, he made public statements in support of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) initiative noting that the “DACA program announced by the President has allowed young people Senator Tim Kaine of Virginia to contribute to our communities, live without constant fear of deportation, keep families together and provide economic and educational opportunities for these young recipients.” His current Senate website notes that he supports the Obama Administration’s ongoing efforts to expand DACA and implement DAPA. He writes: “I also support efforts to expand the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA) programs.” Earlier this year, he participated in the DAPA dinners campaign where he shared a meal with a family who would be eligible for these deferred action initiatives in an effort to bring 28 attention to the needs and struggles of mixed-status families. His Senate website describes his current vision for reforming immigration: For far too long, our immigration system has placed undue burdens on legal immigrants and kept millions of others living in the shadows of our society. I support a bipartisan approach to immigration reform that will provide a better visa system to encourage growth of a talented workforce, enhance our border security, create a path to normalizing the legal status of those here unlawfully – following compliance with various requirements such as payment of taxes and a fine – and establish a better system for companies to verify the immigration status of their employees. According to the New York Times “Mrs. Clinton and Mr. Kaine have similar positions on the issues and they are said to share an easy rapport and a love of granular policymaking.” It also seems Ms. Clinton has found a running mate whose current thinking on immigration policy aligns with hers. Photo: Fort Belvoir Community Hospital
Federal union leader J. David Cox Sr. says Trump wrong on TSA, wrong on VA WASHINGTON, July 22, 2016 / PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Republican Party presidential nominee Donald Trump used his nomination speech Thursday night to disparage the dedicated public servants who deliver health care to our nation’s veterans and ensure the safety of the flying public, American Federation of Government Employees National President J. David Cox Sr. said today. “Donald Trump’s proposals would endanger the flying public and harm our veterans, and no one should be fooled by his smoke and mirrors magic show,” Cox said. “He wants to privatize veterans’ health care, even though the vast majority of veterans say they want their care delivered by VA doctors and nurses. Private health care for veterans would be an expensive disaster, and no one should be fooled into believing otherwise,” Cox said. During his nomination speech Thursday, Trump also called the Transportation Security Administration a “total disaster” and vowed J. David Cox Sr., President, AFGE to “fix TSA.” “I have no doubt that Donald Trump’s idea of fixing TSA would be the same as his prescription for the VA: privatize to the lowest bidder and to hell with the safety and security of the flying public. What the TSA needs is for Congress to lift the arbitrary staffing cap and provide TSA with a realistic budget so the agency can hire the officers it needs to do its job,” Cox said. The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) is the largest federal employee union, representing 670,000 workers in the federal government and the government of the District of Columbia. 29 Most Americans reject Trump’s nativist agenda Continued from page 27 der, while 41 percent support the wall. • 47 percent believe that “immigrants strengthen our country because of their hard work and talents,” while 43 percent say that “immigrants are a burden on the country because they take jobs, housing, and healthcare.” • 68 percent say that “new immigrants mostly take jobs Americans do not want,” compared to 25 percent who believe that these “immigrants take jobs away from American citizens.” While these findings are in some ways welcome, the fact remains that a significant minority of respondents believe that immigrants are an economic drain, that Muslim immigrants should be temporarily banned from entering the country, and that we should build a wall between the United States and Mexico. However these beliefs are built on fear and ignorance, not evidence.