We are a week away from the Kansas primary and candidates continue their efforts to gain support at the polls.
KSN sat down with incumbent Congressman Ron Estes Tuesday afternoon to get his stance on immigration. This is just a day after President Trump threatened a government shutdown if he doesn’t get money for the U.S.- Mexico border wall.
“When we talk about a wall, it’s not necessarily we’re going to build a wall from the Pacific Ocean to the Gulf of Mexico,” said Congressman Estes, 4th congressional district incumbent. “It’s going to be portions of the border where it makes sense. On the one side of the border where there’s houses in Mexico versus houses in southern California. And so, that’s where a wall makes sense. Other places it doesn’t make sense at all.”
Congressman Estes also talked about the farming community’s ties with immigration.
He says there is a shortage of skilled workforce that can be worked on.
“We need to make sure that we have folks that are available with the right skills, both in the farming community, as well as manufacturing and technical community, that can actually come to the United States, work, use their skills and help us,” said Congressman Estes.
We also spoke to Congressman Estes on the recent discussion on separation of families at the border, the policy that President Trump signed an order to stop late June.
“It’s been described as separating children from their parents,” he said. “But in reality, it’s the parents that are going into- having to pay the consequences for their illegal actions. and then their children have to be cared for by the department of health and human services.”
On his campaign website, Republican challenger Ron M. Estes gave his stance on the separation of families at the border.
It reads: “The separation of children from their families is reprehensible. I don’t care who they are. Congress has the power to stop this, but won’t stand up to the president to put an end to it.”
KSN reached out by phone and email to the Ron M. Estes’ campaign to request an interview. He declined the offer. The Secretary of State’s Office says ballots have the initials Rep. in front of Congressman Ron Estes’ name so voters can tell them apart.