Addressing the Issues: Immigration

(Information courtesy of OnTheIssues.org)

Joe Biden on Immigration

    * Sanctuary cities exist because feds can't enforce their laws. (Sep 2007)
    * It's impractical to deport 14 million illegal immigrants. (Jun 2007)
    * Voted for border fence, but to tackle drug trafficking. (Jun 2007)
    * Voted YES on comprehensive immigration reform. (Jun 2007)
    * Voted NO on declaring English as the official language of the US government. (Jun 2007)
    * Voted YES on eliminating the "Y" nonimmigrant guestworker program. (May 2007)
    * Voted YES on building a fence along the Mexican border. (Sep 2006)
    * Voted YES on establishing a Guest Worker program. (May 2006)
    * Voted YES on allowing illegal aliens to participate in Social Security. (May 2006)
    * Voted YES on giving Guest Workers a path to citizenship. (May 2006)
    * Voted YES on allowing more foreign workers into the US for farm work. (Jul 1998)
    * Voted NO on visas for skilled workers. (May 1998)
    * Voted NO on limit welfare for immigrants. (Jun 1997)

Sam Brownback on Immigration

    * Push enforcement at the worksite. (Sep 2007)
    * Oppose amnesty, but guest worker program ok. (Sep 2007)
    * Balance principles: nation of laws vs. compassionate society. (Jul 2007)
    * No new paths to citizenship, but reform bill ok if enforced. (Jun 2007)
    * Toughen the borders & combine enforcement with legalization. (May 2007)
    * Increase legal immigrants & build a fence on Mexican border. (Mar 2007)
    * Raise the number of legal immigrants over time. (Feb 2007)
    * Voted NO on comprehensive immigration reform. (Jun 2007)
    * Voted YES on declaring English as the official language of the US government. (Jun 2007)
    * Voted NO on eliminating the "Y" nonimmigrant guestworker program. (May 2007)
    * Voted YES on building a fence along the Mexican border. (Sep 2006)
    * Voted YES on establishing a Guest Worker program. (May 2006)
    * Voted YES on allowing illegal aliens to participate in Social Security. (May 2006)
    * Voted YES on giving Guest Workers a path to citizenship. (May 2006)
    * Voted YES on allowing more foreign workers into the US for farm work. (Jul 1998)
    * Voted YES on visas for skilled workers. (May 1998)
    * Voted YES on limit welfare for immigrants. (Jun 1997)

Hillary Clinton on Immigration

    * FactCheck: Denied saying licensing illegals "made sense". (Oct 2007)
    * More border patrolling on both Mexican AND Canadian borders. (Sep 2007)
    * Immigration reform needs family unification as one goal. (Sep 2007)
    * Anti-immigrant bill would have criminalized Jesus Christ. (Sep 2007)
    * Sanctuary cities ok; local police can't enforce immigration. (Sep 2007)
    * Opposes illegal immigration, but doesn't vote to follow up. (Jun 2007)
    * Making English official imperils crises needing translators. (Jun 2007)
    * Comprehensive reform to get 12 million out of shadows. (Apr 2007)
    * Keep New York-Ontario border passport-free for tourism. (Oct 2006)
    * Voted YES on comprehensive immigration reform. (Jun 2007)
    * Voted NO on declaring English as the official language of the US government. (Jun 2007)
    * Voted YES on eliminating the "Y" nonimmigrant guestworker program. (May 2007)
    * Voted YES on building a fence along the Mexican border. (Sep 2006)
    * Voted YES on establishing a Guest Worker program. (May 2006)
    * Voted YES on allowing illegal aliens to participate in Social Security. (May 2006)
    * Voted YES on giving Guest Workers a path to citizenship. (May 2006)

Chris Dodd on Immigration

    * Teach more Spanish, but not as a second national language. (Sep 2007)
    * Mexico is a neighbor and ally, but supported border wall. (Sep 2007)
    * Sanctuary cities ok to deal with millions here already. (Sep 2007)
    * More language training is needed in a global economy. (Jun 2007)
    * Voted YES on comprehensive immigration reform. (Jun 2007)
    * Voted YES on building a fence along the Mexican border. (Sep 2006)
    * Voted YES on establishing a Guest Worker program. (May 2006)
    * Voted YES on allowing illegal aliens to participate in Social Security. (May 2006)
    * Voted YES on giving Guest Workers a path to citizenship. (May 2006)
    * Voted NO on allowing more foreign workers into the US for farm work. (Jul 1998)
    * Voted YES on visas for skilled workers. (May 1998)
    * Voted NO on limit welfare for immigrants. (Jun 1997)

John Edwards on Immigration

    * More technology at the border, but address underlying causes. (Sep 2007)
    * Undocumented workers deserve same rights as American workers. (Sep 2007)
    * Enforce borders & employers, and allow earning citizenship. (Sep 2007)
    * Roadmap to citizenship for undocumented immigrants. (Jan 2004)
    * Differentiate terrorists from the immigrants. (Jan 2004)
    * Welcome immigrants with earned legalization program. (Jan 2004)
    * Hard working immigrants earn right to citizenship. (Sep 2003)

Rudy Giuliani on Immigration

    * Sanctuary city policy helped make NYC most legal city in US. (Oct 2007)
    * FactCheck: NYC not "sanctuary" but did welcome illegals. (Oct 2007)
    * Declared NYC a sanctuary city, and crime fell. (Sep 2007)
    * FactCheck: Feds deported 4,000 illegals in NYC, not 2,000. (Sep 2007)
    * Need tamper-proof IDs, and database for immigrants. (Jun 2007)
    * Reform bill fails to document who left US and who's here. (Jun 2007)
    * Shouldn't be debating LEGAL immigration, only ILLEGAL. (Jun 2007)
    * Allow immigrants to work, with tamper-proof ID cards. (May 2007)
    * Let illegals' kids go to school, or they'll be on streets. (May 2007)
    * Change rule barring immigrants from running for president. (May 2007)
    * Supports Senate guest worker plan & path to citizenship. (Nov 2006)
    * NYC services for illegal aliens. (Oct 2005)

Mike Gravel on Immigration

    * Immigration issue is national scapegoating. (Sep 2007)
    * Embarrassed at building a wall on southern border. (Sep 2007)
    * Suspend immigrant raids that separate families. (Sep 2007)
    * I'm first-generation American; we're all immigrants. (Sep 2007)
    * Make whole country a sanctuary city. (Sep 2007)
    * I'm ashamed that we're building a fence on southern border. (Sep 2007)
    * Make English the official language of the US. (Jun 2007)
    * Illegal immigrants come here for jobs; don't deport them. (Jun 2006)

Mike Huckabee on Immigration

    * Focus on demand: penalize employers of illegal immigrants. (Sep 2007)
    * Some anti-immigration advocates are based on racism. (Sep 2007)
    * People are angry at government for failing to track illegals. (Sep 2007)
    * Problems with McCain-Kennedy: credibility; secrecy; spending. (Jun 2007)
    * Allow in professionals as legal immigrants, but seal border. (Jun 2007)
    * Change rule barring immigrants from running for president. (May 2007)
    * Path to citizenship if illegals admit guilt & pay fine. (Jan 2007)
    * Share costs of legal immigration between states & federal. (Feb 2001)
    * Federal government should deal with criminal repatriation. (Feb 2001)
    * Import farm workers from Mexico. (Sep 2001)

Duncan Hunter on Immigration
    * Folks here illegally have to leave, to protect our jobs. (Sep 2007)
    * Rescind Bush's order allowing Mexican trucks on US roads. (Sep 2007)
    * Complete fence, despite difficulties, because it's the law. (Sep 2007)
    * FactCheck: Only 9 miles of fence in San Diego after 11 years. (Sep 2007)
    * This administration has "the slows" on border enforcement. (May 2007)
    * Keep rule barring immigrants from running for president. (May 2007)
    * I built the 854-mile border fence and it cut down crime. (May 2007)
    * FactCheck: 854-mile fence shifted crime more than cutting it. (May 2007)
    * Hinting at amnesty causes a rush to the border. (Feb 2007)
    * Voted YES on building a fence along the Mexican border. (Sep 2006)
    * Voted YES on preventing tipping off Mexicans about Minuteman Project. (Jun 2006)
    * Voted YES on reporting illegal aliens who receive hospital treatment. (May 2004)
    * Voted NO on extending Immigrant Residency rules. (May 2001)
    * Voted NO on more immigrant visas for skilled workers. (Sep 1998)
    * Rated 100% by FAIR, indicating a voting record restricting immigration. (Dec 2003)

Dennis Kucinich on Immigration

    * Promote Spanish as a second national language. (Sep 2007)
    * Build relationships between nations, not walls. (Sep 2007)
    * Sanctuary cities follow moral law if not federal law. (Sep 2007)
    * Stop blaming immigrants for our system of slave labor. (Jun 2007)
    * Roadmap to citizenship for immigrants. (Jan 2004)
    * Bush immigration program is indentured servitude. (Jan 2004)
    * Extend our arms to world-immigrant amnesty and more. (Sep 2003)
    * Voted NO on building a fence along the Mexican border. (Sep 2006)
    * Voted NO on preventing tipping off Mexicans about Minuteman Project. (Jun 2006)
    * Voted NO on reporting illegal aliens who receive hospital treatment. (May 2004)
    * Voted YES on extending Immigrant Residency rules. (May 2001)
    * Voted NO on more immigrant visas for skilled workers. (Sep 1998)
    * Rated 0% by FAIR, indicating a voting record loosening immigration. (Dec 2003)

John McCain on Immigration

    * 12 million illegals in country now is de facto amnesty. (Sep 2007)
    * Amnesty is forgiveness; we offer fines; lines; & long waits. (Sep 2007)
    * No official English; Native Americans use own languages. (Jun 2007)
    * Immigration reform needed for national security. (Jun 2007)
    * Hispanics serve our country, like every wave of immigrants. (Jun 2007)
    * America expects us to work on immigration together. (May 2007)
    * Bipartisanship shows preparedness for presidency. (May 2007)
    * Change rule barring immigrants from running for president. (May 2007)
    * Comprehensive reform requires temporary worker program. (May 2007)
    * Comprehensive reform must include border security first. (Apr 2007)
    * Make possible for immigrants to do a job Americans won't do. (Oct 2004)
    * Give everyone in the world an opportunity to come to America. (Oct 2004)
    * More help for legal immigrants when immigrating & once here. (Jul 1998)
    * No more ballot initiatives against immigration. (Mar 1999)
    * Voted YES on comprehensive immigration reform. (Jun 2007)
    * Voted YES on declaring English as the official language of the US government. (Jun 2007)
    * Voted YES on building a fence along the Mexican border. (Sep 2006)
    * Voted YES on establishing a Guest Worker program. (May 2006)
    * Voted YES on allowing illegal aliens to participate in Social Security. (May 2006)
    * Voted YES on giving Guest Workers a path to citizenship. (May 2006)
    * Voted YES on allowing more foreign workers into the US for farm work. (Jul 1998)
    * Voted YES on visas for skilled workers. (May 1998)
    * Voted YES on limit welfare for immigrants. (Jun 1997)
    * English immersion over bilingual education. (Jul 2001)

Barack Obama on Immigration

    * Immigration system is broken for legal immigrants. (Sep 2007)
    * Reform must include more border security, and border wall. (Sep 2007)
    * Sanctuary cities show that feds are not enforcing law. (Sep 2007)
    * Pathway to citizenship, but people have to earn it. (Aug 2007)
    * Let's be a nation of laws AND a nation of immigrants. (Aug 2007)
    * Do a better job patrolling the Canadian and Mexican borders. (Jun 2007)
    * Give immigrants who are here a rigorous path to citizenship. (Jun 2007)
    * Extend welfare and Medicaid to immigrants. (Jul 1998)
    * Voted YES on comprehensive immigration reform. (Jun 2007)
    * Voted NO on declaring English as the official language of the US government. (Jun 2007)
    * Voted YES on building a fence along the Mexican border. (Sep 2006)
    * Voted YES on establishing a Guest Worker program. (May 2006)
    * Voted YES on allowing illegal aliens to participate in Social Security. (May 2006)
    * Voted YES on giving Guest Workers a path to citizenship. (May 2006)

Ron Paul on Immigration

    * No amnesty, but impractical to round up 12 million illegals. (Sep 2007)
    * Immigration problem is consequence of welfare state. (Sep 2007)
    * No amnesty, but border fence isn't so important. (Jun 2007)
    * We subsidize illegal immigration, so we get more. (Jun 2007)
    * Keep rule barring immigrants from running for president. (May 2007)
    * Voted YES on building a fence along the Mexican border. (Sep 2006)
    * Voted YES on preventing tipping off Mexicans about Minuteman Project. (Jun 2006)
    * Voted YES on reporting illegal aliens who receive hospital treatment. (May 2004)
    * Voted YES on extending Immigrant Residency rules. (May 2001)
    * Voted YES on more immigrant visas for skilled workers. (Sep 1998)
    * Rated 100% by FAIR, indicating a voting record restricting immigration. (Dec 2003)

Bill Richardson on Immigration

    * We pay for immigrant healthcare; have them pay into system. (Sep 2007)
    * Increase H-1B visas to permit more skilled workers. (Sep 2007)
    * Border wall is horrendous example of misguided policy. (Sep 2007)
    * Federal raids are ineffective; we dehumanize immigrants. (Sep 2007)
    * Sanctuary cities ok until we have comprehensive policy. (Sep 2007)
    * Include same-sex couples in binational marriage sponsorship. (Aug 2007)
    * Comprehensive reform needed; but McCain-Kennedy bill flawed. (Jun 2007)
    * McCain-Kennedy bill is not amnesty; it has strong standards. (Jun 2007)
    * A wall on Mexican border is not America. (Jun 2007)
    * A wall divides families and doesn't solve the problem. (Jun 2007)
    * The 2007 immigration bill is not an amnesty bill. (Jun 2007)
    * Opposes compromise immigration bill: it tears apart families. (May 2007)
    * Border fence hasn't worked; border patrols & tech have. (May 2007)
    * Driver's licenses & scholarships for illegals; not amnesty. (May 2007)
    * Legalization plan, not this stupid wall being proposed. (Mar 2007)
    * Declared state of emergency on Mexican border. (Nov 2006)
    * Path to legalization if illegals pay taxes & learn English. (Nov 2006)
    * Reduce immigration; no automatic citizenship for kids. (Nov 1996)
    * Guarantee human services to illegal immigrants. (Nov 1996)

Mitt Romney on Immigration

    * Reduce federal funding to sanctuary cities. (Sep 2007)
    * Z-visa is not technically amnesty; but is in fact amnesty. (Sep 2007)
    * FactCheck: NYC never declared itself a "sanctuary city". (Sep 2007)
    * Enforce the law against 12 million illegals here now. (Jun 2007)
    * Proposed Z visa allows illegal aliens to stay in America. (Jun 2007)
    * Make English national language; communicate in Spanish too. (Jun 2007)
    * McCain's plan gives special pathway to those here illegally. (May 2007)
    * Keep rule barring immigrants from running for president. (May 2007)
    * Tuition breaks encourage illegal immigration. (Nov 2005)

Tom Tancredo on Immigration

    * FactCheck: no plan exists to pay Social Security to illegals. (Oct 2007)
    * Amnesty is worst possible public policy you can ever have. (Sep 2007)
    * No guest worker program; it creates second class citizens. (Sep 2007)
    * It's not based on racism--it's about the rule of law. (Sep 2007)
    * Illegal immigrants especially hurt African-American workers. (Jul 2007)
    * Illegal immigrants especially hurt African-American workers. (Jul 2007)
    * Consequences of immigration bill are survival of the nation. (Jun 2007)
    * FactCheck: McCain's bill does not codify federal non-English. (Jun 2007)
    * Enough is enough: timeout on LEGAL immigration. (Jun 2007)
    * Keep law that bars immigrants from running for president. (May 2007)
    * We already have scores of programs for legal immigration. (Mar 2007)
    * We CAN deal with 20M immigrants by enforcing on employers. (Mar 2007)
    * Parts of Miami are like a Third World country. (Dec 2006)
    * Opposes chain migration from anchor babies citizenship. (Dec 2006)
    * No net benefit from immigration; annual $70B loss. (Jun 2006)
    * Eliminate "chain migration" where illegals bring in families. (Jun 2006)
    * It's a myth that illegal immigrants benefit our economy. (Jun 2006)
    * Our society is intoxicated with multiculturalism. (Jun 2006)
    * Immigration agency acts as greeters; should act as enforcers. (Jun 2006)
    * Left supports immigration for votes; right for cheap labor. (Jun 2006)
      Amnesty
    * McCain's plan is soft on immigration & amnesty. (May 2007)
    * Letting immigrants stay is amnesty. (May 2007)
    * Tried guest workers in 1986; led to more illegal immigration. (Mar 2007)
    * Guest-worker program equals amnesty. (Dec 2006)
    * Bush's "guest worker" program IS amnesty. (Jun 2006)
      Mexican Border
    * Rescind Bush's order allowing Mexican trucks on US roads. (Sep 2007)
    * No campaign ads in Spanish; preserve English. (Jun 2007)
    * Anchor babies: pregnant Mexicans give birth to US citizens. (Jun 2006)
    * End "catch & release" along Mexican border. (Jun 2006)
    * Spend billions more to enforce border fully. (Jun 2006)
    * Erect fence along entire Mexican & Canadian borders. (Jun 2006)
    * Deploy military troops to support Border Patrol. (Jun 2006)
    * Disallow Mexican "matricula" cards as valid ID cards. (Jun 2006)
    * Supports employer verification in 2005 reform bill. (Jun 2006)
    * Voted YES on building a fence along the Mexican border. (Sep 2006)
    * Voted YES on preventing tipping off Mexicans about Minuteman Project. (Jun 2006)
    * Voted YES on reporting illegal aliens who receive hospital treatment. (May 2004)
    * Voted NO on extending Immigrant Residency rules. (May 2001)
    * Rated 100% by FAIR, indicating a voting record restricting immigration. (Dec 2003)

Fred Thompson on Immigration

    * Voted for law to abolish sanctuary cities. (Oct 2007)
    * Secure our borders and end "sanctuary cities". (Sep 2007)
    * Protecting our border is part of being a sovereign nation. (Sep 2007)
    * Eliminate welfare incentives for illegal immigrants. (Sep 2007)
    * Immigration reform failed because feds lost credibility. (Sep 2007)
    * Immigration in large part has to do with national security. (Aug 2007)
    * Opposes amnesty in any form. (Jun 2007)
    * Nation loses sovereignty if it cannot secure its own borders. (Apr 2007)
    * Can't round up 12M illegals, so focus on preventing next 12M. (Mar 2007)
    * Voted YES on allowing more foreign workers into the US for farm work. (Jul 1998)
    * Voted YES on visas for skilled workers. (May 1998)
    * Voted YES on limit welfare for immigrants. (Jun 1997) 
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