Illegal immigration from
Kuster said she doesn't support illegal immigration, but is in favor of naturalizing undocumented people already here.
"Here's the bottom line: We need a path to citizenship for the 11 million undocumented people living here ... participating in our economy in a way that's usually an untold story when someone like
She added that she supports the construction of a border wall in some urban areas, which she said is already occurring under the President
On another prominent immigration issue --Syrian refugees -- Kuster said she supports increasing the number the
"We should have a comprehensive vetting process so that we know who's coming into our communities. ... I don't think we could take (all the refugees), and I don't propose that. We could focus on women, children, elderly people," Kuster said.
While Kuster described the domestic policies and warfare tactics of Syrian President
"Generally, my approach is diplomacy first. ... I get a very strong message from the voters of the
On domestic policy, she said she supports specific gun control measures, including barring people on no-fly lists from buying guns, and adding background checks for private sales, gun shows and online sales. Checks for online sales are particularly important, she said, because the "
On energy, Kuster said she'd support measures to increase wind and solar power as shares of the
She also criticized
"The way the pharmaceutical industry works is that the costs are upfront, in research and development, but making the pills doesn't cost anything. So if a large purchaser goes to a drug company and says 'I want to buy a gazillion pills, and I'll pay you a penny a pill,' they say, 'Great!' But we,
With respect to her tenure in
"I think it's unfortunate. I think it very well could lead to the demise of the
"Next session there will not be a single pro-choice Republican vote in the entire caucus in the
After the editorial board, Kuster also commented on another national hot-button issue -- sexual assault on college campuses, and how it ought be adjudicated. Kuster has previously said she was assaulted as a student at
Nationally, there is an increasing trend of colleges holding disciplinary procedures internally and finding students responsible for sexual misconduct if there is a "preponderance of evidence" that they acted in violation of school policies and federal Title IX legislation. According to a 2014 report from "Inside Higher Ed," the burden of proof for "preponderance of evidence" standard is lower than the "clear and convincing" standard once used by
Kuster noted that "these cases have been traditionally very difficult to try, because people were not well-informed." She said she supports the preponderance of evidence standard used by schools. And she added that court should remain a choice for those assaulted, in addition to internal disciplinary measures in college.
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