On Kay4Congress.com, Kay's campaign site, she writes:
We couldn't agree more with Ms Barnes. Unfortunately, when she talks about "exploiting the issue for political gain" she might start by looking in the mirror. In her eight years as Kansas City's mayor, what did she do to help solve the problems of illegal immigration?
More than 5 million illegal immigrants have entered the United States since Graves and President Bush took office together in 2001. We all know that unsecured borders and attractive jobs are what draw immigrants. That’s why securing our borders and cracking down on lawbreaking employers must be our top priority.
Congressman Graves talks tough on immigration, but he’s really exploiting the issue for political gain while undermining our efforts to fix the problem... We need a Representative who will work to fix the immigration problem by strengthening our borders and enforcing our laws. And we especially need someone who will oppose amnesty for illegal immigrants, and for lawbreaking employers.
In fact, it was under her watch that KC Police Chief Corwin publicly resisted using local law enforcement to help with illegal immigration enforcement. It was also under her watch when officials at the Westside CAN Center created a day labor plaza for illegal immigrants. A day labor facility where local law enforcement conveniently forget to enforce the law.
Time and again Kay Barnes sat silently by while her city became a defacto 'sanctuary city' for illegal immigrants, but now that she wants to win a congressional seat in a heavily conservative district she has a new found hard line approach to illegal immigration. We just aren't buying it.