Name: Bob Ries
District: House – TN-05
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 - Legislation needs to be passed to fix the problem with the people already here – NEVER AMNESTY, SOCIAL SECURITY OR FOOD STAMPS. Closing the border is number one and imperative! I have a plan to close the border 100% within 30 days without costing the tax payers a dime.
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 biggest issue right now is closing the border to stop the streaming of illegals into the country. Until that happens we cannot even begin to address more “legal” aliens.
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 most important thing right now is getting our own citizens back to work. We need to concentrate on growing our economy and getting our unemployment rate to 4% (full employment). At that point – and NOT before – we can look at specific guest workers for highly critical positions.