Politics & Government

California governor candidate Whitman discusses immigration

Republican gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman said Tuesday that she supports toughening federal enforcement on employers who hire illegal immigrants and also expanding guest worker programs for farmworkers and highly skilled immigrants.

The 53-year-old former CEO of the online auction firm eBay laid out her immigration views while speaking to a crowd mostly made up of supporters at an El Dorado Hills home Tuesday.

"The next governor of California has to weigh in more heavily on federal immigration policy and enforcement than we have in the past," Whitman said.

The federal government also needed to tighten enforcement of the country's borders, she said, while raising scrutiny of employers.

"I believe ultimately we're going to have to hold employers accountable for hiring legal documented workers," Whitman said. "Because I think we can build a fence a million feet high, and the lure of the jobs will keep people coming.

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