The state of Arizona has taken a bold stand on immigration that has reignited talks of amnesty by the federal government. Iowa may not border Mexico but we are not immune from the effects illegal immigration has on our schools and jobs. What is more interesting is the fact that the only state wide candidate who seems to be talking about immigration is Secretary of State candidate Matt Schultz.
Schultz has been able to grab immigration and make this one of his issues, which should be no surprise to someone following Iowa politics. George Eichhorn, the other candidate running for Iowa Secretary of State, has never been a fighter against illegal immigration. When George was in the Iowa House, before he lost to McKinley Bailey, he voted in favor of the Iowa Dream Act, which gave illegal aliens in-state tuition rates at our Iowa colleges and universities.
Not only did Eichhorn vote for the Iowa Dream Act but according to the Iowa Division of Latino Affairs he was given an Ambassador award from the Latin Conference for his work on an interpreter law.
Now George wants to be Secretary of State and defend elections and business in Iowa, but his voting record on immigration makes him suspect. With illegal aliens flooding our state we need someone we can trust who will safeguard our elections and protect our jobs from illegal aliens. The only candidate who has offered a solution to this problem is Matt Schultz.
He wants to incorporate the Federal E-Verify system, operated by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in partnership with the Social Security Administration, into the Iowa Secretary of State website. Schultz wants to then promote this feature by sending a notification of the service with every business formation application and renewal in the state. This would allow small business owners as well as large corporations access to online seminars, videos, and tools on how to use E-Verify when checking the legal status of their new employees.
If you think immigration is an important issue then you need to look at candidates who are looking for ways to enforce the law, not reward lawbreakers. Maybe if we get the dialogue started some of the Governor’s candidates will also see the importance of immigration and actually tell us what they are going to do about it before the primary on June 8th.
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