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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — With the primary election next week, campaigns are heating up. One big issue for the GOP candidates battling to take on Mike McIntyre for his seat in the US House is illegal immigration. We spoke with candidate David Rouzer and an immigration expert who is pulling for Ilario Pantano about the candidates’ differing opinions.

Pantano says Rouzer supports a form of amnesty and has betrayed the conservative cause. Rouzer says he does not support amnesty and calls Pantano a protectionist.

“David Rouzer would give illegal aliens a path to citizenship and legality or voting rights and other types of things that would be very destructive to the United States,” said William Gheen, President of Americans for Legal Immigration, a conservative organization David Rouzer calls somewhat radical.

Gheen was in town this weekend rallying support for Ilario Pantano and telling voters Pantano’s stance om illegal immigration versus Rouzer’s.

But Rouzer says Gheen and Pantano are wrong.

“This idea that I’m for all these criminal, illegal aliens, granting them amnesty, that’s just completely false and a distortion of the real record,” candidate David Rouzer said.

Both men are against the negative impacts of illegal immigration.

“It’s costing Americans and legal immigrants jobs,” Gheen said. “It’s depreciating wages. It’s a theft of taxpayer resources. Then we have some of the criminal elements. Not all illegal aliens are murderers or hardened criminals, but we do have drunk driving crashes and other crimes caused by illegal immigration.”

Rouzer agrees crime is an issue, but he believes some hardworking immigrants deserve a chance at earning legal status in order to continue working but not full citizenship.

“Their solution is to take everybody, whether they are doing good and whether they are working and doing jobs that other Americans are not willing to do and kick everybody out of here,” Rouzer said. “Well, you know agriculture is a $75,000,000,000 industry.”

Another debate has to do with the district lines. Pantano says they were drawn in Rouzer’s favor by his friends in the legislature. Rouzer says if anything, they are in Pantano’s favor because much of the district is New Hanover, Pender and Brunswick Counties, an area where many hadn’t heard of Rouzer before the race.

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2016 years 2 months ago

Ilario Pantano is supporting U.S. citizen and legal resident laborers who want to work, but who are underbid by illegal aliens working for sub-standard wages.

Illegal aliens have illegally sneaked into the U.S. and are now:
illegally present in the U.S.;
illegally working in the U.S.;
illegally being paid under the table without paying federal and state taxes, FICA, FUTA, and other licenses and fees where required;
and soaking the taxpayers for community services such as public education, emergency room and labor and delivery healthcare, public housing and subsidized transportation, WIC and foodstamps, and even the public cost of… Read more »

Republican in NC
2016 years 2 months ago

Does Pantano support the ALI-PAC radical proposal to remove Tillis and Berger, the top two Republican leaders in NC from office as well?

2016 years 2 months ago

So just to clarify, you are ok with paying about twice what we pay for our produce and increasing our trade deficit, correct? The loophole that no one talks about is the law that makes it legal for our agricultural industry to pay migrant and illegal aliens sub-standard, well below minimum wage standards to keep our produce costs down. Unlike the average worker, these individuals, often here illegally, are denied healthcare, asked to work exorbitant hours for minimal pay. How many U.S. citizen workers do you know that are willing to pay that? So, if you are for tightening the… Read more »

2016 years 2 months ago

The pro illegal alien supporters forget the ‘illegals’ are usurping the American taxpayers money that belongs for our citizens…. seniors, vets, etc. We need to elect pro American legislatures like Pantano.

Dave Francis
2016 years 2 months ago

It seems that the open border groups are always orchestrating ways to subdue the always impending danger of overpopulation growth and the illegal immigration invaders. Even if large numbers of migrants are leaving the United States, it doesn’t excuse the illegal aliens stealing jobs from different working occupations in this nation. Thousands, who manage to sneak over here in agricultural and farming employment, soon learn that there are other jobs in construction, services, landscaping, factories and the entertainment industry. Then these people disappear into cities and all regions of the U.S. replacing citizens and residents as cut price labor… Read more »

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