2nd Congressional District candidate Yvette Herrell

Questions for Congressional Candidates

On the topic of Immigration:

1. Please give your position on DACA.

The intent of DACA was never designed as a path to citizenship.

DACA needs to be reformed, as the objective of the deferred action plan has now expanded beyond the original intent.

2. Do you favor amnesty, a path to citizenship or worker permits for most or all of the people now living illegally in the U.S.? Who do you think, if anyone, should be deported?

I do not support amnesty. Guest worker permits should be expanded to alleviate short falls in industry not otherwise able to find employees. No one crossing our borders illegally should be allowed to stay in our country or state.

3. Do you believe the borders are secure enough? If not, what do you propose should be done to increase their security? Do you support Trump’s proposal to build a $25 billion wall?

No, the borders are not secure enough. That is evident by the increase in drugs and human trafficking. Increase border security, enforce current laws and develop protocols that will protect the American people. Yes, I support President Trump in building the wall.

4. What’s your position on skills-based immigration vs. family-based?

Regardless of skill or family-based, a person wanting to live or work in the United States needs to go through the proper channels of achieving that goal and follow the law.

On the topic of school safety and gun control:

1. Do you favor a federal ban on the sale of assault-style weapons? If so, what would you do about the millions of the assault-style weapons now legally owned by American citizens?

No.

2. What other, if any, gun law changes would you support?

I will not support any legislation that will impede on our Second Amendment.

3. Would you favor a repeal of the 2nd amendment?

No.

4. While much of the discussion on school safety centers on gun control, what other measures would you support to make schools safer?

I favor allowing conceal carry on school property. I would utilize the skill set of retired police officers/veterans to work with the school districts on developing security plans that will enhance school security as a whole. This could be done without taking officers off of the street.

On the topic of foreign policy:

1. What do you propose the U.S. do with regards to Syria?

I support President Trump’s decision to collaborate with a number of allied countries to utilize strikes in response to the attacks on innocent lives as they did just (a few) weeks ago. As far as further action, I defer commenting on this issue until we can understand what the outcomes of such action would be.

2. In Afghanistan?

After years of failed foreign policy, I support the President’s leadership in strengthening our national security and building strong relationships.

3. In Mexico?

I support a strong relationship with Mexico, in order to strengthen trade agreements and border security.

4. Relations with Russia are said to be at their worst in many years after allegations of Russian meddling in our elections, the Trump administration’s decision to sell weapons to Ukraine and the recent expulsion of 60 Russian diplomats. Do you approve of these actions? What would your posture be towards Russia?

The sale of arms to Ukraine was supported by Congress in 2014. I support President Trump in acting on and supporting our allies. My posture towards Russia would be the same as President Reagan’s “Trust, but verify.”

5. If talks fail, would you support a pre-emptive strike on North Korea to degrade its nuclear capabilities and missile delivery systems?

I am encouraged and support President Trump’s strong leadership on getting North Korea to the negotiating table and finding a resolution to this issue. I support defending and securing the United States of America.

On the economy:

1. How would you make New Mexico less dependent on federal spending? Transfer the public lands back to New Mexico.

Bring our timber industry and the jobs that go with it back to NM. By doing so, this would also streamline the permitting process for our Gas and Oil Industry and allow our cattle producers to utilize public lands to enhance production.

2. Do you support or oppose President Trump’s imposition of higher tariffs on China? Why or why not?

Yes, I support the President’s action on tariffs as it relates to China. I am encouraged by the President’s strong leadership as he holds China’s government accountable.

Other:

1. Do you favor or oppose limits on late-term abortion, and do you believe tax dollars should or should not be used to fund abortions?

Yes, I strongly favor limits on late-term abortion. As a State Representative, I have sponsored, carried and voted for legislation to protect the sanctity of life. Tax dollars should not be used to fund abortion.

2. What should be done at the federal level to address the crisis of opioid addiction?

It is a national crisis. The issue should be readily addressed at the state and local level with the support of the federal government.

3. Do you favor or oppose a national single day payer health system ?

Oppose. I support free markets, and the ability for consumers to make their own healthcare decisions.

4. What would you do to rein in health care costs?

Repeal Obamacare. Use free market solutions, giving the consumer more choices in their options of purchasing health services.

5. If elected, are there any issues you could work with President Trump on, and would you be willing to do so?

I plan to work with and support President Trump on many issues as he continues to Make America Great Again including but not limited to, a stronger national defense, improved Veteran services, and job-creation.

6. If you had to decide today, would you vote to impeach President Trump?

I would NOT vote to impeach Trump.

7. Should the federal government play a role in setting education policy for the nation’s public schools?

The emphasis for stronger education should be focused at the state and, more importantly, local level. The federal government’s role should be limited.

8. Why do you want to be a member of Congress?

People know me as a principled leader putting their values above politics. Bringing 8 years of legislative experience, I want to continue working with the people of New Mexico, so we can carry a voice to Congress that will accurately represent our values, our culture, and protect the future of our state.

Personal background

1. Have you or your business, if you are a business owner, ever been the subject of any state or federal tax liens?

No.

2. Have you ever been involved in a personal or business bankruptcy proceeding?

No.

3. Have you ever been arrested for, charged with, or convicted of drunken driving, any misdemeanor or any felony in New Mexico or any other state? If so, explain.

No.

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