McNerney - The Andal Position
UNKNOWN. Andal has attacked McNerney for being soft on immigration. Politico reported, “Andal argued that the issue of illegal immigration would also play a major role. McNerney was one of the deciding Democratic votes last September in blocking a GOP-backed measure that would have enforced laws barring illegal immigrants from receiving certain federally funded benefits.” [Politico.com, 7/21/08] Despite this claim from candidate Andal, he lists no immigration position on his campaign web site.
In the state legislature, Andal sponsored a bill that called on the federal government to bear the costs of illegal immigration for states. [Inside Bay Area, 9/9/07]
As a state Assemblyman, Dean Andal took an anti-immigrant stance when he “shipped to the news media the results of a survey he said indicates the need for action,” according to the Modesto Bee. The story went on to say, “Andal, standing this year for election to a second full term, said a survey of 12,500 people in his district shows overwhelming support for reduced rights for illegal immigrants and for National Guard troops on the border.” [Modesto Bee, 5/1/94] Andal also sided with parents who picketed against investing $4,000 to send teachers to Mexico to aid migrant children’s English. “The program came under fire when first proposed last winter,” the Modesto Bee reported. “Several parents picketed the campus, saying the district had no right to spend $4,000 to send teachers to Mexico. Assemblyman Dean Andal, R-Stockton, got into the fray, siding with those parents.” [Modesto Bee, 10/29/94]