Tuesday, April 26, 2016
A bipartisan group of candidates for the U.S. Senate seat in California debated last night. Attorney General Kamala Harris, Orange County congresswoman Loretta Sanchez, former California Republican Party chairs Duf Sundheim and Tom Del Beccaro and political activist and high-tech entrepreneur Ron Unz squared off in Stockton at a debate sponsored by the San Francisco Chronicle, KCRA-TV (Sacramento) and University of the Pacific.
Harris and Sanchez, whose parents emigrated from Mexico, support a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants. Sundheim outlined a middle course, calling for a pathway to legal status but not citizenship. And instead of only building a wall at the U.S./Mexico border, he suggested tapping into Silicon Valley for more tech solutions, like drones, to curb undocumented immigration. He then criticized Sanchez for missing most of the meetings of a House Committee on Homeland Security she serves on. Sundheim said. Unz connected immigration to raising the minimum wage. He would discourage illegal immigration, as “the vast majority of illegal immigrants come here for jobs,” he said. If the wage floor is lifted, “the magnetic pull of those jobs will disappear” because citizens will compete for those positions.