Name: Dana Matheny
District: House – TN 08
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 – 1) The principle of the “”rule of law”" helps to secure our liberties. It creates the predictable framework by which we live. Allowing those that have broken the law to “”go to the front of the line”" is a direct assault on the liberties of others.
2) It also erodes the stability of our society by sending the message that the rules don’t matter.
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 – The current immigrant tracking system has failed to keep track of immigrants and adding more immigrants to a flawed system poses further risk to national safety.
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 – The immigration and guest worker policies have to be tied to the US unemployment rates to prevent US citizens from competing with foreign workers.