The latest forum or debate between the Republican candidates running in Florida’s 18th congressional district took on the campus of Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida, and was hosted by the local College Republican chapter.
The event was to showcase Attorney Rick Kozell, businessman Paul Spain, combat veteran Brian Mast, and Martin County School Board member Rebecca Negron.
Negron was the only candidate to skip the debate.
The debate was moderated by club president Harry Joseph, who then turned to audience for a quick Q & A session.
Joseph’s first asked the candidates for their take on what could be done about the millions of illegal immigrants living in the U.S.
We don’t have a problem with immigration, we have a problem with illegal immigration, and illegal immigration is also a national security issue
It is the right of people within the United States of America to be protected, that is a right that we all have being citizens of this country. It’s not the right of people outside of this country to come into America. That is not a right that they are afforded.-Brian Mast
Spain echoed much of what Mast said, adding that the immigration issue was not about compassion, but about the rule of law.
Spain also believes that an E-verify system for immigrants wanted to work in the United States is necessary to stem the tied of illegal immigration.
While also stating that he did not support amnesty for illegal immigrants and that border security was paramount, Rick Kozell, who sounded a bit like Jeb Bush and his “Act of Love” comment, parted company with Spain and Mast, saying that he believes that immigration reform needs to be looked at in a more compassionate light.
I am going to have to part ways a little bit, not a little bit, but greatly with both Paul and Brian. I think this is very much about compassion. –Rick Kozell
Kozell, whose mother-in-law is of Mexican descent, believes that the precise reason immigration had to be fixed was out of compassion, adding his believe that a ” temporary form of status that allows them (illegal immigrants) to work.”
It is precisely compassion that has to drive the way that we deal this problem-Rick Kozell
Watch the debate video on immigration below