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John Kasich


Updated: 2/11/2016
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Mandate E-Verify-plus
  • In a December 2015 campaign stop, Gov. Kasich did not mention E-verify but said we should hold employers accountable.“Let’s make sure we hold employers responsible for violating what the law is." Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V-rZnYlv1wI

Prevent illegal border entries & surges

Implement Interior Enforcement
  • While in Congress, Gov. Kasich voted to defund sanctuary cities and prevent illegal aliens from receiving in-state tuition.
  • In August 2015, Gov. Kasich told ABC news, "I think we ought to be finishing the wall and making it clear that anybody that comes over once that’s done is going to be sent home, no questions asked,” adding that he does not, however, believe we should repeal birthright citizenship. Source: http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/donald-trumps-gop-rivals-blast-immigration-plan/story?id=33162309
  • In July 2015, Gov. Kasich told Fox News Channel's Brett Baier that he would immediately deport any newly arrived illegal aliens. "Thirdly" - he went on to focus on newly arrived illegals, saying the United States must round them up and ship them back home. He said the U.S. must never appear to be saying: 'Everybody, the border is open, come here!'" Source: http://www.islandpacket.com/2015/07/08/3828789_martin-schram-kasich-pointedly.html?rh=1
  • When asked about what he would do with the 11 million illegal aliens currently living in the US during the February 2016 New Hampshire GOP Debate, Gov. Kasich responded, “I think at the end of the day, that Americans would support a plan like this. I think Congress would pass a plan to finish the border, guest worker, pay a fine, a path to legalization, and not citizenship. And we’ve got to get this done. And I will tell you this, within the first 100 days that I am president, I will put that proposal to the Congress.” Source: http://time.com/4210921/republican-debate-transcript-new-hampshire-eighth/

Finish entry-exit system to track visa overstays
  • We have not been able to ascertain Rep. Kasich's position on implementing a biometric entry/exit system.

End automatic birthright citizenship

Oppose work permits for illegal immigrants
  • He then told Fox News Channel's Brett Baier in July 2015, "Let's find out who they are. Let's make sure if they're criminals we deport them or put them in prison. If they're law-abiding people and good families and if they're working, all those things, they can stay." Source: http://www.islandpacket.com/2015/07/08/3828789_martin-schram-kasich-pointedly.html?rh=1
  • In July 2015, Gov. Kasich said he supported amnesty. “What about the people living next to us that we go to church with? Does it seem right to make them leave? We don’t want to get rid of them, but I think they should pay a penalty for jumping the line.” Source: http://www.fosters.com/article/20150713/NEWS/150719722
  • Gov. Kasich has admitted that his thinking on immigration "has evolved" and he is now open to granting work permits and legal status to illegal aliens, but he does believe the border needs to be secured first: "I don’t want to see anybody in pain. So I guess when I look at this now, I look at it differently than I did in ’10. Because I’ve become convinced that sometimes, you just got to say this is what we’re gonna do and if you don’t like it, there’s nothing I can help you. So when I look at a group of people who might be hiding, who may be afraid, who may be scared, who have children, I don’t want to be in a position of where I make it worse for them."  Source: http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2014/11/21/kasichs-immigration-views-have-evolved.html
  • In Dec. 2014, Gov. Kasich said "We may have to do it. I know what they did. I know they jumped the line. I don’t like it. But in the end, it may be necessary. I’m open to it, I can tell you that." Source: http://www.usnews.com/news/blogs/run-2016/2014/12/05/john-kasich-charts-a-different-course

Support overall reduction in annual immigration
  • In a November 2015 statement, Gov. Kasich said the U.S. should stop accepting Syrian refugees due to national security threats. "The governor doesn't believe the U.S. should accept additional Syrian refugees because security and safety issues cannot be adequately addressed," Kasich spokesman Jim Lynch said in a statement. "The governor is writing to the President to ask him to stop, and to ask him to stop resettling them in Ohio. We are also looking at what additional steps Ohio can take to stop resettlement of these refugees." Source:http://www.cleveland.com/open/index.ssf/2015/11/gov_john_kasich_says_no_to_syr.html

End chain migration
  • Gov. Kasich has not addressed the issue of chain migration.

Protect against unfair work-visa competition
  • In an August 2015 interview with CNN, Gov. Kasich stated that he supports a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants that are already living in the United States. "The 12 million who are here, we ought to find out who they are. If they've been law-abiding over a period of time, they ought to be legalized and they ought to be able to stay here." Source: http://www.wsj.com/articles/kasich-backs-path-to-citizenship-for-undocumented-immigrants-1439164176
  • In July 2015, Gov. Kasich told Fox News Channel's Brett Baier that we need more foreign workers. "[T]o modernize the immigration system, maybe even lift the caps so that people who have employment or family here can come to America. I mean, I don't think you can ship these people back. But I don't like the fact that they jump the line. ... We also need an expanded program so that people want to come into this country, work on a temporary basis, they can get here and go home. Now they get here and they stay. They hide." Source: http://www.islandpacket.com/2015/07/08/3828789_martin-schram-kasich-pointedly.html?rh=1
  • As Governor in Ohio in 2014, Gov. Kasich championed legislation to attract international students seeking to earn a college degree here and to encourage those students to remain in the state after graduation. Now, Ohio is the first state to approach and codify in law the opportunity that educating international postsecondary students presents to bolster the state’s global economic competitiveness with three synthesized policy objectives: (1) promote Ohio as a postsecondary destination globally, (2) encourage international postsecondary students to remain in the state beyond their study, and (3) enhance global economic competitiveness for native Ohio students. Formalizing these priorities at the state level with a coordinated consortium of postsecondary institutions, business, community and workforce development organizations, consumers and state agencies, with intentional “Welcome to Ohio” practices and an eye on fostering societal benefits, will strengthen the state’s global economic competitiveness and the standard of living for Ohio citizens. Source: https://www.ohiohighered.org/sites/ohiohighered.org/files/uploads/global/GREATreport.pdf

End visa lottery
  • Gov. Kasich has a long record of opposing the visa lottery while a member of the House of Representatives. However, we have not found any evidence of him addressing this topic since.