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July 31, 2018


The Democratic candidate challenging Rep. Brett Guthrie in November wants amnesty for all immigrants who are living in the country illegally.

Hank Linderman is challenging Guthrie, the Republican congressman who since 2009 has represented Kentucky's 2nd congressional district, which includes Bowling Green, Owensboro and Elizabethtown.

Hank LindermanHank Linderman"I am calling for action to help the millions of undocumented people already working in our communities, serving in our military and raising families by granting amnesty," linderman said in a statement. Amnesty would be given for "qualified" immigrants living in the U.S. as of July 4, he said.

Linderman is also calling for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to be restructured and its mission refocused.

"The abuses we have seen, including family separations, extended incarcerations and even violent and sexual assault, must stop," he said.

Linderman's comments come amid a nationwide backlash against ICE after it was revealed that the Trump administration had a policy that separated immigrant children from their families at the border. In Louisville, groups have been calling to abolish ICE for weeks, protesting outside the ICE office downtown as well as at Louisville Immigration Court.

"We are a nation of immigrants," Linderman said in the statement. "To deny this reality is to deny our nation itself."

A spokesperson for Guthrie did not immediately return a request for comment. In 2016, he was re-elected to his office after he went unopposed. He has served as the represenative for the 2nd District since 2009.

Linderman is a Florida native who moved to Louisville in the 1970s. He attended the University of Louisville but did not earn a degree from the institution, according to his campaign page.

Linderman, a musician and recording engineer by trade who spent time in Culver City, California, was also a lead guitarist in a Louisville band called Quickdraw.

He has played with and been an engineer for several famous bands, including America, Chicago and The Eagles.

Linderman said there are estimates of more than 10 million immigrants living in the country illegally, and he pointed to former President Ronald Reagan's amnesty act in 1986 as an example of the policy's success.

"Any reform of immigration law and process in the United States must include amnesty for those already living here," Linderman said in his statement.

Linderman captured 30 percent of the Democratic primary vote in May, beating out fellow democratic candidates Brian Pedigo, Rane Eir Olivia Sessions and Grant Short.

The last elected Democratic representative from the second district was William Natcher, who served from 1953 to 1994.

By Thomas Novelly
Louisville Courier Journal





+1 #4 Thanks 2018-08-01 22:28
Thanks for putting the word out. Now vote no for this snowflake. Whatever is spot on.
+2 #3 Vote NO 2018-08-01 14:27
I’ll vote NO on anyone that suggests this. The illegal immigrants halve the courage and determination to walk that far through hell, but they don’t have the courage and determination to make their own home a better place to live, that’s just wrong. Plus people upset because the children were separated from their mom or dad, Well, when someone gets arrested for a crime they’ve committed their children don’t get to stay with them. If you break the law, what else do you expect to happen?
+2 #2 Home 2018-07-31 23:30
Let them all stay with him!
+2 #1 Whatever... 2018-07-31 19:50
Another whiny snowflake. My ancestors came to this country before it was a country, so I am no immigrant. I have no problem with people from other countries coming to the U.S., as long as they do it legally. People like Linderman are more concerned with appeasing foreigners than they are with taking care of legal American citizens.

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