Name: J Mark Inman
District: State Senate – MA
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 – Work authorization should be for those in the country legally.
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: Support – There is obviously something wrong with our current system. Having access to the relevant reports which provide information on the impact immigration has on our economy would help me decide on proper legislation. Who comes in, why, and what impact each person has should be evaluated carefully, being mindful of the overall impact such legislation will have both culturally and economically.
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 believe that a more thorough answer to this question is profession dependent and based on the needs of American labor market. We should not increase the number of guest worker permits for low skill jobs. We need to prevent a long term social problem and not support legislation that would encourage a new caste system. We should encourage American students to study for high skill, high demand jobs, but be open to filling skilled jobs which are not being replaced with foreign guest workers. Also, I’m against lotteries that determine who gets to immigrate and who doesn’t. There should be some fair lottery for those who might be anomalous or entrepreneurial, but more than half of immigrants should be screened and chosen on a case by case basis.