Asked about illegal immigration and the DREAM Act, which would allow children of undocumented immigrants born outside the country but brought here at a young age to remain in the US under certain circumstances, Koster appeared nervous, laughing uncomfortably, saying, "You've got me off track here," and finally responding with a self-contradiction: "I think for kids who have come here illegally ... I think they should become citizens when they become 18 years of age," Koster said. So does he support the DREAM Act? "If they're born here, they are [citizens] by birth, but I think their parents should create a path to become citizens of the U.S. I think for those children, we should make a path for them to become citizens. Otherwise, they should go home."
Koster, who was debating his Democratic opponent, Suzan DelBene, also said he opposed inheritance taxes (an issue near and dear to the heart of Times editorial director Frank Blethen, supports keeping the Bush tax cuts for the very wealthy (those making more than $250,000 a year), opposes R-74, the marriage-equality measure, and opposes Obama's Affordable Care Act.