KINGMAN - Voters can add another U.S. Senate candidate to the list of those opposing amnesty for illegal immigrants.
Wil Cardon, who is challenging U.S. Rep. Jeff Flake, for Sen. Jon Kyl's seat told the Kingman Republican Men's Club Monday morning that he did not support amnesty for illegal immigrants.
Growing up, he watched five of his adopted siblings go through the immigration process to become legal citizens of the U.S.
"People come here because we enforce our laws. Because we do that we don't have the corruption or other problems that some nations have. That's attractive to people," Cardon said. But how do you throw out the federal immigration laws for a few and not everyone and still be fair, he asked.
The federal government needs to focus on the main cause of illegal immigrants in the U.S. - the unsecured border, he said. Which isn't as hard as the politicians in Washington, D.C. make it out to be.
The U.S. has one of the best militaries in the world, which could easily secure the border. Another solution might be to have local law enforcement, which know the area better than anyone else, patrol the border, Cardon said.
Enforcing federal and state immigration laws when it came to businesses would also help, he said.
Cardon said several times that he hated career politicians and that the nation needed outsiders in Washington, D.C. who were willing to work hard and come home.
"We don't need people who are captive to Washington lobbyists. We don't need people who send out letters and surrogates to their constituents instead of meeting them face to face," he said.
Congress needs to return to its roots and the U.S. Constitution. It should be a public service to work for the government and a hardship to be away from home for so long, he said. It shouldn't be a cushy job to go to Washington.
Cardon said the only elected office he has held is as a precinct committeeman for the Republican Party.
As a fiscal conservative and a small business owner, Cardon said, he understands budgets and the effect taxes and regulations have on small business owners. He is currently the CEO of his family's oil company.
He proposed cutting or eliminating many unnecessary regulations and regulatory agencies that only create a burden on small businesses in the down economy. He would add sunset clauses to the charters of any new agencies formed by the federal government. He would also require a review of all agencies regulations and an independent audit of their books every year.
He proposed a bill that would require Congress to pass a budget or its members wouldn't get paid. He would also cut Congress' health benefits, pension program and prohibit members from holding stocks in companies, unless it was in a blind trust. This would force members to live under the same laws that the public has to.
Dr. Laurence Schiff asked Cardon if he agreed that Social Security is an entitlement program.
Cardon said no. People who bought into the program should get what they put into it. The government needs to honor its commitment.
However, Cardon did agree that the system needed to be reformed or else it would go bankrupt. If the government started with a number of small reforms now, it wouldn't take such a large effort later to fix the problem.
Steven Robinson asked Cardon if he believed in term limits.
Cardon said he believed in the concept, but would not make a personal promise to leave office in a set number of years.
Don D'Agina asked Cardon his opinion on Agenda 21, a worldwide sustainable development plan put forth by the United Nations. Many opponents of the plan have said it threatens the sovereignty and independence of the U.S.
Cardon said he opposed Agenda 21 and was floating a petition to make the item part of the National Republican Party's platform in the 2012 elections.
Cardon was in favor of using all of the possible energy sources in the U.S.
His family has a motto, Cardon said. "Cardons leave the world better than they found it."
"This is the first generation that will leave this country worse off than when they inherited it. We can't continue on this same pace," he said.
When his family first came to Arizona, his great grandfather proposed that every Cardon would go to college. The first nine children earned a variety of college degrees in the 1920s and '30s and used them to improve the world.
His aunt designed Tang for NASA. An uncle became the dean of agriculture for one of the state's universities and created the Arizona Feeds program.
"That generation planted trees, the shade of which they would never see," he said. "We need to leave things better than we found them and not care about who gets the credit for it."