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Rich Carmona


Updated Tuesday, October 23, 2012, 5:39 PM EST


Rich Carmona (DEM)

Candidate Notes

I have a unique perspective of the complexities of this issue – I’m Hispanic and have worked along the border as a deputy sheriff and doctor for more than 25 years. I’ve witnessed first hand how our nation’s immigration system is broken. I’ve seen the human cost of not having a workable solution. I’ve seen the results of the violence and drugs. And I know the terrible toll that has taken on our community.
First and foremost, we need to ensure our borders are safe and secure. We need to overhaul our immigration laws and support a comprehensive approach that is practical, tough and fair. That means securing the border, cracking down on drug and human smuggling, punishing companies who knowingly hire illegal immigrants, and eliminating a nefarious labor market that exploits those living in the shadows of our society. We should also pass the DREAM Act that creates a path to legalization for children, who, through no fault of their own, were brought into this country at a young age, have worked hard and are either going to college or have enlisted in the military.
For decades, politicians in Washington have talked about this problem, but nothing ever gets done and Arizonans continue to pay the price for their failure to act. Leadership on this issue takes courage, but it also requires politicians to stop using immigration as a wedge issue to score partisan political points. But as long as the federal government fails to act, Arizona should be reimbursed for the burden their failure has inflicted in our communities.
We can solve this problem in a way that is practical and fair.  But it’s going to take a more honest debate and the willingness to step up to get it done.
-Carmona for Arizona Website 
We need comprehensive immigration reform. Immigration is a workforce issue because without immigrant labor, you can't get prdocts to the market. I support DREAM and path to citizenship which will satisfy businesses needs. Border security issues are complex, we can't politicize it. We can't let the border impede on commerce and block day laborers, but still have the border protect us. 
-Radio Interview, 91.5 KJZZ, 10.17.12. 


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