Q&A: U.S. Representative District 2 candidate Yvette Herrell

  • Name: Yvette Herrell
  • Political Party: Republican
  • Occupation: Realtor
  • City of Residence: Alamogordo
  • Relevant Experience: Experienced Businesswoman; 4 Terms as a State Representative (District 51); Co-Founder of the Article V Caucus and the Balanced Budget Amendment task force.
  • Education: ITT School of Business
  • Campaign Website: herrellforcongress.com

On the topic of immigration

Please give your position on DACA.

DACA was never designed with the intent of it being a pathway to citizenship. DACA needs to be reformed since the objective of plan has expanded beyond the original intent.

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 shortfalls in industries not otherwise able to find employees. No one who crosses our borders illegally should be allowed to stay in our country or state. It is important that we enforce our immigration laws.

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, our borders are not secure enough. This is evident by the increase in drugs and human trafficking. I believe that by increasing border security, enforcing current laws, and developing new protocols the American people can consider the border secure.

What is your position on skills-based immigration vs. family-based?

Regardless of skill or family, a person wishing to live and/or work in the United States must go through proper channels to achieve that goal.

On the topic of school safety and gun control

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

No.

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

I will not support any legislation that impedes upon our 2nd Amendment rights.

Would you favor a repeal of the 2nd Amendment?

Absolutely not.

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

I am in favor of allowing concealed carry on school property. I believe that in order to ensure the safety of our schools, we should utilize the skills of retired police officers and veterans to work within these school districts. They would be able to develop security plans that will enhance school safety all while maintaining the number of officers protecting our communities.

On the topic of foreign policy

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

I support the decision to collaborate with a number of allied countries to utilize strikes in response to the attacks on innocent lives. As far as further action, I believe that the President will utilize his role as Commander-in-Chief properly while informing Congress and seeking consent when necessary.

In Afghanistan?

After years of failed foreign policy that only weakened the United States’ standing throughout the world, I support the strong leadership that has been demonstrated that has strengthened our national security and repaired relationships with some key allies.

In Mexico?

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

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 the administration’s position of acting in concert with and support our allies. Understanding the role of the House of Representatives when it comes to foreign policy, my posture towards Russia would be the same as President Reagan’s: “Trust, but verify.”

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 by the willingness of North Korea to join us at the negotiating table as well as their release of remains of fallen American soldiers. I remain concerned about the actions of China that effect these negotiations. Ultimately, I will always support defending and securing the United States of America.

On the economy

How would you make New Mexico less dependent on federal spending?

I would be a fierce advocate for transferring the public lands back to New Mexico. Additionally, I would also seek to bring our timber industry (and the jobs that go with it) back to New Mexico. Doing this would also streamline the premising process for our Gas and Oil Industry and allow our cattle producers to utilize public lands to enhance production.

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

I support the administration’s actions on tariffs as it relates to China. For too long, China has not acted in good faith when it comes to trade and has consistently been a culprit of stealing American intellectual property. Americans should feel encouraged as we hold China accountable for their actions.

Other

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.

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 levels with the support of the federal government.

Do you favor or oppose a national single-payer health system?

I oppose a single-payer healthcare system. I support free markets and the ability for consumers to make their own healthcare decisions.

What would you do to rein in healthcare costs?

I would repeal Obamacare. By utilizing free market solutions, giving the consumer more choices in their options of purchasing healthcare services.

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 my colleagues to help pass the President’s agenda including but not limited to improving our national defense, improving Veteran services, and continuing to reform the tax code.

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

I would NOT vote to impeach the President.

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, the local level. Any involvement by the federal government should be extremely limited.

Why do you want to be a Member of Congress?

Across the district, people know me as a principled leader who places our shared values above politics. Bringing eight years of legislative experience to the table, I truly wish to continue serving the people of New Mexico so that I can be a voice in Congress that will represent our values, our culture, and our way of life while protecting the future of our state.

Personal background

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

No.

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

No.

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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