US House of Representatives - 18th Congressional District
How will you address the challenges and opportunities to the United States posed by unauthorized immigrants?
Gibbs - We need to secure our border, stop illegal immigration, strengthen VISA security, stop drug traffickers and terrorists from entering. We need to enforce current laws and not provide incentives that encourage illegals to enter. I strongly oppose amnesty as it encourages illegal immigration. For those industry sectors that rely on workers from Mexico and elsewhere we need to have a workable guest worker program that allows for workers to come here who have a job and return to their country and family after a pre-determined designated time period with no exceptions or allowances. They are illegal not unauthorized.
Space - Having been to the border, I’ve seen firsthand exactly how much work there is to do down there if we’re going to tackle this important issue. Securing the border and stopping the massive influx of illegal immigrants into our country has to be the first step toward solving our immigration problem. This should not be a partisan issue, which is why I broke with my party leadership to support legislation like the SAVE Act. This legislation begins to address the crisis by increasing security at the border and requiring employers to verify that they aren’t hiring undocumented immigrants.
Sutton - First, I see no opportunities concerning “unauthorized” immigration. I do however see opportunities concerning “authorized” immigration. The U.S. already has a guest worker program and a system by which both employers and immigrant workers may benefit. The challenges posed by “unauthorized” immigration are best addressed by eliminating incentives currently offered to unauthorized immigrants, such as welfare, nutrition programs, free healthcare, and free education.
What specific functions of the federal government can be performed better by contracting with the private sector? What specific functions of the federal government should not be contracted out to the private sector?
Gibbs - Competitive contracting bids should be the norm as compared to doing government in sourcing. This practice addresses government monopolies and provides for competition to lower costs and improve services. Any function that private sector entities do should be competitively contracted. Government entities could still end up doing the work if they win the competitive bid contract and meet the requirements just like any private sector entity would be required. Competitive contracting provides taxpayer’s the highest level of quality and ensures an efficient and cost effective approach. Many government functions can and should be competitively contracted.
Space - Looking at some of the things that we’ve done here in Ohio over the past few years will show a perfect example of how government and the private sector can work together to accomplish real results for Ohio’s working families. For example, I was able to secure $66.5 million dollars in federal funding from the Recovery Act that will be matched with $25 million in private capital to provide a broadband network throughout Southeastern Ohio. This will create 700 jobs in the short term, while making our region more attractive to new businesses and providing untold new jobs and economic
Sutton - Beyond standard contracts in “support” of the Federal Government, such as construction and maintenance of Federal facilities, administrative supplies and equipment, and defense materiel, I do not favor contracting governmental functions. Particularly operational functions of the Federal Government. If the question is in reference to methods of decreasing Government spending, I would favor the elimination of functions which are better performed by the private sector. There are several functions of the Federal Government which are neither necessary, nor authorized by the Constitution which could be eliminated. Examples; the U.S. Departments of Education and Energy.