How important is the immigration issue to you? It's overblown. It's being used as a political tool by conservatives like Tancredo as part of an anti-Hispanic backlash. We need to reform the immigration system to legitimize those here, not break up families and ruin lives by unceremoniously sending them back.
What would you like to see done? We should take steps to close our borders and monitor them more closely, but we shouldn't disrupt the lives of people who've been here two, three generations. There should be a concerted effort to legitimize Hispanics who are working here, who have children here, who contribute. Give them amnesty.
It's 1620 and The Mayflower has dropped anchor near what we now call Plymouth Rock. Is this an immigration problem? In a sense, yes. This wasn't their country. I'm sure Native Americans didn't want or need to be "discovered."
Wolf Ranch area
How important is the immigration issue to you? Top of the list. Immigration is vital to the U.S. economy, but it's a problem that needs to be addressed.
What's the controversy? Illegal immigrants taking jobs from Americans by working for lower wages. This lets businesses avoid paying living wages to citizens. But then again, increasing the minimum wage will drive up cost of goods for Americans.
What would you like to see done? Devise a formula where non-citizens can enter legally to work. It's too difficult now because there's too much bureaucracy to get green cards and working papers.
How important is this issue to you? I don't hire illegals because it's detrimental to America. We need to round up all illegal immigrants and get them on the path to legalization.
What's the heart of this issue? People mainly Mexicans entering America illegally in search of a better life. Employers hire them because they can pay them less and avoid medical insurance. But their sheer numbers pose a danger. You can't monitor their criminal record, their history of communicable diseases and so forth. We need ways to track them.
What would you like to see done? Stronger border controls, companies monitored for undocumented workers, requiring Social Security cards of every employee, and legalizing the people here already.
Did The Mayflower present an immigration problem? It certainly was to the native inhabitants. But even Native Americans came here from across the Bering Strait. Being a melting pot helped make this country great, but immigration needs to be legal.