Karl King, OR

Name: Karl King
District: Senate – Oregon
Party: Unaffiliated

1. There are approximately 12 million illegal aliens currently residing in the United States, many taking jobs from unemployed Americans. Will you oppose or support legislation that would grant any form of work authorization to illegal aliens?

A: Oppose – “My answer is actually both support and oppose. I would not support legislation that that granted amnesty to everyone. I would also not support a bill that did not include very severe penalties for companies and individuals who employ illegal immigrants, these penalties would need to include prison terms and forfeiture of assets. I would support a bill that granted amnesty to people who can prove they have been in the country for more than 10 years or who came to the country as a child younger than 15 who are now 18 or older, as long as the penalties for employing illegal immigrants were also in the bill.

It is my opinion that we cannot fault the people looking for a better life. If the Americans and legal immigrants who own the businesses that have created opportunities for illegal immigrants knew they were risking their freedom and assets the demand for such workers would significantly decrease. As such I would support a bill that gave a clear path to legal status for a small portion of illegal immigrants if and only if those who employ illegal immigrants faced severe penalties. ”

2. Each year the United States gives legal permanent residency (green cards) to another 1 million immigrants who often fill jobs at lower wages. Will you oppose or support legislation that would increase the overall number of immigrants (legal permanent residents/green card holders) admitted each year to the U.S.?

A: Oppose – I would consider supporting such legislation at a future date if the employment market had a need for such workers.

3. Despite growing welfare rolls and chronic youth joblessness, the United States admits over 700,000 guest workers annually to work in numerous professions. Will you oppose or support legislation that would increase the overall number of guest workers admitted each year to the U.S.?

A: Oppose – I would oppose legislation that would increase the number of guest workers in the U.S. at this time. The current visa programs allow for companies to bring in as many extraordinary individuals under the O-1 visa program as they can find, so the “top talent” argument that many companies use is invalid when it comes to the H-1B visas. While the H-1B visa program was set up with good intentions but is being abused because the requirements as written do not fully express the intent of legislation that created the program. The H-1B visa program as it is now should stop accepting new applications and should stop granting extensions until the rules regarding granting the visa have been updated to end the abuse and fully comply with the intent of the legislation that created it.

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