Candidates running for 16th Congressional District speak on important border issues

District 16 race candidates (KFOX14/CBS4)

The race for Beto O’Rourke’s seat in the House of Representatives has eight candidates, including six Democrats.

Dori Fenenbock, Enrique Garcia, Jerome Tilghman, John Carrillo, Norma Chavez and Veronica Escobar are the ones in the Democratic race.

With Election Day upon us, we’ll find out who will be heading to Washington, D.C. to represent District 16.

Topics that affect the El Paso area include DACA, immigration reform and border security.

We spoke with each Democratic candidate about their stance on those issues.

Carrillo said dreamers have an economic benefit.

"They make this country stronger economically, socially, and culturally, let's integrate them fully into our society,” he said.

Fenenbock said more people need to visit the border to see how people are affected.

"Let's do the humane and compassionate thing and give them permanent residency and put them on a path to citizenship,” she said.

Garcia and Escobar said the immigration process needs an overhaul.

"And that's one way of doing it, doing an application system to allow people the opportunity to apply directly,” he said. ”Because it streamlines the process."

"I believe there are ways to create humane, intelligent reforms that take a look at the broad spectrum of the labor force,” said Escobar.

Norma Chavez said there are tons of people who want citizenship, but not enough people to help.

"There are tens of thousands of people that have been waiting years for their citizenship, that have already complied with the paperwork and they don't have enough staffing,” she said.

Tilghman said some changes at the border can be easily made.

"Look at the software and hardware upgrades at the airports, with our Transportation Security Agencies,” he said. “They have upgraded, state-of-the-art hardware and software that we could easily retrofit to the border ports of entry."

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