Alaska Republican U.S. Senate candidate Kelly Tshibaka today unveiled principles and proposals to combat illegal immigration under her “It’s Time for a Change” agenda. Tshibaka will push to require equal, legal, and safe immigration to protect American jobs, public safety, and the interests of those who seek to enter our country by the appropriate legal process. In contrast, incumbent Sen. Lisa Murkowski voted for legislation that would allow illegal immigrants to stay in the country even after they have committed multiple crimes against our citizens.
“The United States is the greatest country in the history of the world, and it’s understandable that people would want to come here. But we are a nation of laws and our immigration process should be governed the same way,” Tshibaka said. “Lisa Murkowski can’t be counted on to protect us, because she’s more concerned with gaining the approval of D.C. elites, who can’t imagine making illegal immigrants follow the rules.”
As part of her “It’s Time for a Change” agenda, Tshibaka made the following pledges regarding illegal immigration:
I will advocate for immigration policies that are Equal, Legal, and Safe. We must secure our border and protect our sovereignty. The current administration’s policies have effectively eliminated our southern border and engage in discrimination in immigration. If illegal immigrants break the law to cross the southern border, they will likely be allowed to stay under the Biden administration’s leftist policies, even if they commit crimes against innocent U.S. citizens. However, potential legal immigrants coming from Africa or Europe, for example, often must wait years.
I will oppose unemployment benefits, food stamps, welfare, free healthcare, or other public benefits for illegal immigrants. We need to maximize the availability of social welfare programs for our citizens and those who entered the country legally.
I will support withholding federal funding from jurisdictions which declare themselves “sanctuaries” from federal immigration law and refuse to cooperate with federal immigration authorities.
I will oppose any form of “comprehensive immigration reform” until our border is secured.
Tshibaka, who was born and raised in Alaska, has spent her career exposing fraud and abuse in government and served as Commissioner of Administration for the State of Alaska until she stepped down to announce her campaign. Her father was a union electrician and Vietnam War veteran, and her mother was one of the first workers at the startup of Prudhoe Bay, one of Alaska's large oil fields. Her parents were homeless for a time in the 1970s but fought their way into the working class.
Tshibaka graduated from Steller Secondary School in Anchorage and was the first in her family to pursue a college degree, beginning her studies at the University of Alaska Anchorage before graduating from college and law school. She lives in Anchorage with her husband, Niki, and their five children.