Name: Joel Marchese
District: House – CA 53
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 – Immigrants who have entered illegally should not automatically be granted work permits. They should however register with immigration services as having entered illegally, go to the back of the waiting line for processing. Once cleared by ICE with a background check, these illegals should be given an option to pay a fine and obtain an identification card. When legal status is finally earned, then they can apply for a work authorization.
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 – There are too many backlog cases as it stands. Adding more cases to the list or upping the quotas would make the situation worse not better.
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 – With our economy still on shaky ground and a growth rate of less than 1%, I think that increasing the number of guest workers would only worsen the plight of jobless Americans.