REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES ON IMMIGRATION
A breakdown of how Republican Candidates propose to stop Illegal Immigration.
Rudy and Romney would issue Tamperproof ID’s… How is this any different from what Spitzer is doing in NY? Both are providing a government sanctioned ID card to illegal immigrants. As far as the Tamperproof part goes, underestimating the resourcefulness of criminals and terrorists forge any doccument is in my opinion a very big mistake.
John McCain providing a path to citizenship to those who have violated the laws to get here is nothing short of providing Amnesty. We already have an established path to citizenship, we should not be rewarding those who chose not to follow that path and instead decided to come here in violation of our laws and soverignty.
The two Candidates who I Like best on this one issue alone are Fred Thompson & Duncan Hunter. The key to any Comprehensive Immigration plan (one that does not include Amnesty) must include border security as a necessary first step, along with removing federal funding for sanctuary cities, and ramping up enforcement against those who knowingly hire illegal workers.
Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani:
Issue tamper-proof biometric ID cards to all noncitizen students and workers.
Create a single national database of noncitizens in the United States.
Require new citizens to read, write and speak English.
Quote: “You stop illegal immigration by building a fence, a physical fence and then a technological fence.”
Former Tennessee Sen. Fred Thompson:
Increase enforcement against undocumented workers and their employers.
Cut off federal money to any community that serves as a “sanctuary” for illegal immigrants.
Double the number of immigration agents and significantly increase the number of Border Patrol agents.
Quote: The plan “is strong on enforcement and it basically addresses what needs to be our commitment, and that is to secure the borders and enforce the law.”
Arizona Sen. John McCain:
Provide a path to citizenship for many undocumented aliens after they go through a complex series of steps.
Tighten border security for people and also cargo coming into ports.
Quote: “As president, I will secure the border.”
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee:
Tighten border security by deploying 23,000 more agents, building 700 miles of fence and erecting 105 radar and camera towers.
Prosecute “to the full extent of the law” any illegal immigrants who commit crimes.
Create a process to allow people who perform jobs “unfilled by our citizens” to work.
Quote: “We can’t turn the tide until we stem the tide. We need to know who is coming into our country, where they are going and why they are here.”
Texas Rep. Ron Paul:
Bar tax revenues as payment for illegal immigrants’ use of hospitals, clinics, schools, roads and other social services.
Track visa holders and deport anyone who overstays his or her visa or violates U.S. law.
Quote: “A nation without secure borders is no nation at all. It makes no sense to fight terrorists abroad when our own front door is left unlocked.”
Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney:
Withhold federal money from states and cities that don’t comply with federal immigration laws.
Implement a mandatory biometric tamper-proof ID and job-verification system.
Quote: “We need to make America more attractive for legal immigrants – for citizens – and less attractive for illegal immigrants.”
Colorado Rep. Tom Tancredo:
Strictly enforce immigration laws, including deporting any illegal aliens.
Bar any “guest worker” program, since that would reward illegal immigrants.
Quote: “If they haven’t figured out which country they’re going to be attached to here or which one they owe their loyalty, I would suggest they go back to whatever country they hold the other citizenship in until they figure it out.”
California Rep. Duncan Hunter:
Finish building a double-layered security fence across major smuggling corridors on the U.S.-Mexico border.
Strengthen border control and immigration enforcement.
Quote: “Amnesty is not the answer. Border enforcement must come first and it must be comprehensive. To do otherwise is to repeat the mistakes of the past.”