Kasich Immigration stance shows he is a Progressive not a Conservative . . .
By Julie Aldrich, Ohio Citizens for Sensible Immigration
Kasich's immigration views "evolved" and he could not even wait until the month was out AFTER the ELECTION to tell the Ohio voters! Ohioans who have worked on the illegal immigration issue have known where he stands even though his staff members would tell us differently. So many requests were made to speak with him on the issue, but we were never given the opportunity. We delivered thousands of Ohio signatures to ask him to take a stand against illegal immigration, no response.
The governor never did anything to stop illegal aliens from receiving drivers' licenses and in-state tuition after Obama passed another executive order for illegal aliens giving some DACA status. Rep. Lynch had entered two bills to stop driver's licenses and in-state tuition going to illegal alien (DACA'S) and they never went past sponsor testimony in committee. Sen. Seitz had a bill to stop illegal aliens from receiving workers' compensation - still sitting in committee. Raises given to the Ohio Hispanic Commission, who has fought every bill for illegal alien enforcement measures and spent most of their time and our tax dollars working for illegal aliens; raises to this commission - but stripped funding from our local government and schools. OCHLA has had the ear of our dear governor and attorney general, supporting expanded Medicaid and common core. How convenient that the governor announces his evolvement on illegal immigration after his victory as governor and before his run for president. We are soon to be the next California.
There is no compassion is selling out your constituents, reaping what they have sown- to pass on to those who have broken laws, through taxes. We have evolved enough as citizens to decide who we wish to help with charity and when we can afford it. The governor apparently does not realize many Ohio citizens have had their health care rates nearly double in a short time, many to lose their homes - so he can feel compassionate redistributing your tax dollars to those he chooses, many of them here illegally. I would not call that very compassionate.
Kasich’s immigration views ‘evolved’
BOCA RATON, Fla. — A little more than four years ago, John Kasich told The Dispatch, “One thing that I don’t want to reward is illegal immigration.”
He called for a comprehensive federal immigration law protecting America’s borders. And he reiterated his longtime support for amending the U.S. Constitution to end birthright citizenship for children born here to illegal immigrants.
But now, as his fellow Republican governors loudly voice many of the same sentiments, Kasich is urging them to ratchet down the rhetoric and try to work with President Barack Obama to solve one of the nation’s longstanding vexing problems.
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Hours before Obama outlined executive action that could grant a reprieve from deportation for millions now in the country illegally, Kasich conceded that his own stance on immigration has “ evolved” because he is “maybe a little smarter now.”
“The country needs healing,” he said. “I wouldn’t ever be one to tell you that I don’t change my mind or that my thinking doesn’t evolve. … I’m also a different guy than I was years ago. This job grows you up.”
He was the only governor during the Republican Governors Association’s conference this week to express openly a willingness to create a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants.
“I don’t want to see anybody in pain,” Kasich said. “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.”
In contrast to what he said a month before he won the governor’s office in 2010, Kasich sounded a note of compassion for those struggling to make a new life in America. He noted that his wife had a friend who was forced to return to Nicaragua, and there was nothing he could do about it.
“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,” he said.
In response to questions, Kasich said he didn’t know whether Ohio will have to act on such issues as driver’s licenses, Medicaid services or in-state college tuition in response to Obama’s action tonight.
The governor also said he hasn’t thought about whether Ohio would join a lawsuit threatened by Wisconsin Gov. Walker and outgoing Texas Gov. Rick Perry.
“You have to have dialogue in this country with people who may not think exactly the way you think,” Kasich said.
He did criticize Obama for acting unilaterally rather than reaching out to Republicans, who increased their majority in the U.S. House and took control of the Senate in this month’s election.
“When you do this, you really create such antipathy,” Kasich said. “We really can’t move forward as a country. … When we become so divided, it gets harder.”