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  • Article: Tim Kaine’s Views on Immigration Policy. By Wendy Feliz

    Tim Kaine’s Views on Immigration Policy


    Tim Kaine

    Democratic Presidential Candidate, Hilary Clinton has named Senator Tim Kaine of Virginia as her Vice-Presidential running mate.

    A look into Tim Kaine’s past positions on immigration reveal that he has supported steps towards reforming America’s immigration system, has spoken out against punitive, anti-immigrant measures at the state level, and has made significant efforts to reach out to the immigrant community.

    In 2010, while serving as Chairman of the Democratic National Committee he admonished Arizona’s notorious, anti-immigrant measure SB 1070, calling it “small-minded and short-sighted.”

    Tim Kaine also supported the DREAM Act and as a Senator voted yes on S. 744, the last immigration reform bill to pass the senate.  He also famously gave a floor speech on the need for immigration reform in fluent Spanish while the debate over the legislation waged.

    In 2015, he made public statements in support of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) initiative noting that the “DACA program announced by the President has allowed young people to contribute to our communities, live without constant fear of deportation, keep families together and provide economic and educational opportunities for these young recipients.”

    His current Senate website notes that he supports the Obama Administration’s ongoing efforts to expand DACA and implement DAPA. He writes: “I also support efforts to expand the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA) programs.”

    Earlier this year, he participated in the DAPA dinners campaign where he shared a meal with a family who would be eligible for these deferred action initiatives in an effort to bring attention to the needs and struggles of mixed-status families.

    His Senate website describes his current vision for reforming immigration:

    For far too long, our immigration system has placed undue burdens on legal immigrants and kept millions of others living in the shadows of our society. I support a bipartisan approach to immigration reform that will provide a better visa system to encourage growth of a talented workforce, enhance our border security, create a path to normalizing the legal status of those here unlawfully – following compliance with various requirements such as payment of taxes and a fine – and establish a better system for companies to verify the immigration status of their employees.

    According to the New York Times “Mrs. Clinton and Mr. Kaine have similar positions on the issues and they are said to share an easy rapport and a love of granular policy-making.”  It also seems Ms. Clinton has found a running mate whose current thinking on immigration policy aligns with hers.

    Photo by Fort Belvoir Community Hospital

    This post originally appeared on Immigration Impact. © 2016 Immigration Impact. All rights reserved. Reprinted with permission.

    About The Author

    Wendy Feliz Wendy Feliz, MA is the Director of Communications at the American Immigration Council. Prior to joining the Council, Ms. Feliz served as Director of Development at New America Media, after having worked at the Open Society Institute, and public radio station WAMU 88.5 as the Manager of Foundation Relations and Public Information. Ms. Feliz has spent much of her career in the non-profit world including with The California Hispanic Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse in East Los Angeles and The Young Adult Institute and Latino Worker’s Center in New York City. Ms. Feliz received her M.A. in Public Communication from the American University in Washington D.C. and she holds a B.A. in Liberal Arts from the New School University in New York.

    The opinions expressed in this article do not necessarily reflect the opinion of ILW.COM.

    Comments 1 Comment
    1. Nolan Rappaport's Avatar
      Nolan Rappaport -
      Hillary picked a running mate who fits right in with the position of the Democrats on immigration reform. But is that really a good thing? We haven't had comprehensive immigration reform for 30 years. The last time was when IRCA was enacted in 1986. And I think the reason is that the Democrats have not shown any willingness to engage in meaningful compromise. By that I mean, a willingness to put together a bill that would satisfy the political needs of both parties. We aren't going to see a bill enacted until that happens. For more information on my position, see my article, "It is time to try a different approach to comprehensive immigration reform" (May 2, 2014),
      http://discuss.ilw.com/content.php?3...t-approach-to- comprehensive-immigration-reform-By-Nolan-Rappaport
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