Martin O'Malley

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Martin O’Malley is a lawyer by practice and served as the Mayor of Baltimore from 1999-2007. He was elected as Governor of Maryland in 2007, and served in that office until 2015. During his time as Governor he legalized same-sex marriage and raised the minimum wage. He announced his campaign for the Democratic nomination last May in Baltimore.

On the Issues

AAI tracks statements, non-statements, and the track records of each presidential candidate on the issues we care about most. Click on an issue to read what Martin O'Malley has said on the campaign trail.

 

Foreign Policy     

Domestic Policy

   

U.S. Role in the Middle East 

Voting Rights 

 

U.S. Response to ISIL

Civil Rights + Civil Liberties


 

 

Syria 

Surveillance


 

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Israel/Palestine 

Community Policing

 

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Lebanon

Bigoted Speech

 

Iran Negotiations 

Immigration Reform

Key Advisors

  • Dave Hamrick: Campaign Manager. Hamrick worked as then-Sen. Barack Obama’s senior advisor in the states of Michigan and Pennsylvania during the 2008 general election. Later, Hamrick started the New Partners consulting group with other former Obama campaign staff. He also has worked in various capacities for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

  • Bill Hyers: Top strategist. Hyers was the Campaign Manager for New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s 2013 mayoral race. In 2012, he was Obama’s Pennsylvania State Director, and he has since worked for Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.).

  • Karine Jean-Pierre: Deputy Campaign Manager in charge of constituents and fieldwork, especially for early voting states. She served as the Deputy Battleground States Director in 2012, and worked for the Obama Administration in the Office of Political Affairs.

  • Sara Miller: Policy Director. Miller worked on Hillary Clinton's 2008 presidential campaign, and then served as Policy Advisor to the President of the Center for American Progress.

Statements 

The U.S. Role in the Middle East

"We do our military a disservice when we don't greatly dial up the investment that we are making in diplomacy and human intelligence and when we fail to dial up properly, the role of sustainable development in all of this. As president, I would make the administrator of USAID an actual cabinet member. We have to act in a much more whole of government approach, as General Dempsey said." (December 19, 2015 - ABC News Debate)

“I believe… that in talking to a lot of military readers – they tell me the two biggest recruitment tools for al-Qaeda, or now ISIL, are American boots on the ground in the Middle East and our continued operation in Guantanamo.” (November 2015, MSNBC Democratic Forum)

“I do believe that probably one of the greatest blunders in modern American history was the way that George W. Bush under false pretenses led our army into war in Iraq and he didn’t even have the nerve to ask us to pay for it… The reason we have debt is because George Bush falsely led us into war… We need to do a much better job of telling people what the cost of the quick and almost reflexive, default, reach-for-the-military option every time.” (November 2015, MSNBC Democratic Forum)

“I stand for a more compassionate America, an American that leads by being a moral leader of this world; an America that understands that we’re all in this together.” (October 2015, AAI NLC)

“I became the first presidential candidate and let us hope not the last of either party to say yes, as a nation we should step up. There are other ways to lead than at the end of a drone strike. And in the face of this humanitarian crisis, we need to step up.” (October 2015, AAI NLC)

“I think there's lessons to be learned from Benghazi. And those lessons are that we need to do a much better job as a nation of having human intelligence on the ground so that we know who the emerging next generation leaders are that are coming up to replace a dictator when his time on this planet ends. And I believe that's what Chris Stevens was trying to do. But he did not have the tools. We have failed as a country to invest in the human intelligence that would allow us to make not only better decisions in Libya, but better decisions in Syria today. And it's a huge national security failing.” (October 2015, CNN Democratic Debate)

In response to a question about what American’s greatest national security threat is, O’Malley said, “I believe that nuclear Iran remains the biggest threat, along with the threat of ISIL; climate change, of course, makes cascading threats even more (inaudible).” (October 2015, CNN Democratic Debate)

“What disturbed people so much about -- and I would agree with Senator Sanders on this -- leading us into Iraq under false pretenses and telling us, as a people, that there were weapons of mass destruction there was -- was one of the worst blunders in modern American history.” (October 2015, CNN Democratic Debate)

"The invasion of Iraq, along with the subsequent disarming of the Iraqi army will be remembered as one of the most tragic, deceitful, and costly blunders in U.S. history, and we are still paying the price of a war pursued under false pretenses and acquiesced to, in the words of Dr. King, 'by the appalling silence of the good.' "(June 2015, Truman Project)

“I agree with [Phil Gordon’s] position on our core interests in the middle east: to protect our allies and prevent regional war. To keep sea lanes open and provide humanitarian assistance. To prevent terrorist safe havens and nuclear proliferation, including a nuclear armed Iran.”(June 2015, Truman Project)

“The new AUMF (authorization for the use of military force) should address ISIS specifically, and mitigate any unintended consequences by including clear language on the use of ground troops and the length and terms of engagement.” (February 2015, MSNBC)

U.S. Response to ISIL

"Many of the things Secretary Clinton said are absolutely true, but they underscore a lack of investment that we have, as a nation, failed to make over these last 15 years in intelligence gathering, intelligence analysis, intelligence sharing. Not only in theater, in Syria and Iraq and other places where we embalk (ph) ourselves in toppling dictators without having any idea what comes next, but here in the homeland, as we protect people from this threat of the lone wolves and these changing tactics and strategies. I believe that what's happened here is that the president had us on the right course, but it's a lack of battle tempo. We have to increase the battle tempo, we have to bring a modern way of getting things done and forcing the sharing of information and do a much better job of acting on it in order to prevent these sorts of attacks in the future." (December 19, 2015 - ABC News Debate)

"Scapegoating an entire religious community and rejecting those fleeing ISIL's terrorism and persecution is what the terrorists want." (November 2015, Campaign Statement)

"Republican Governors in 13 states have now called for the rejection of Syrian refugees fleeing the very same violence we saw in Paris. They are rejecting our values in the face of fear & ignorance. Keeping America safe and staying true to who we are is not a zero-sum choice." (November 2015, Facebook)

“Let's not fall into the trap of thinking that all of our Muslim-American neighbors in this country are somehow our enemies here. They are our first line of defense. And we are going to be able to defeat ISIS on the ground there as well as in this world-- because of the Muslim-Americans in our country and throughout the world who understand that this brutal and barbaric group is perverting the name of a great world religion. And now like we never before-- we need our Muslim-American neighbors to stand up and to-- and to be a part of this.” (November 2015, CBS Democratic Debate)

When asked to critique the Obama administration’s response to ISIL, O’Malley said, “The great failing of these last 10 or 15 years… has been our failing of human intelligence on the ground. Our role in the world is not to roam the globe looking for new dictators to topple… And we must rise to this occasion in collaboration and with alliances to confront it. And invest in the future much better human intelligence so we know what the next steps are.” (November 2015, CBS Democratic Debate)

“One of the things that preceded the failure of the nation-state of Syria and the rise of ISIS was the effect of climate change and the mega-drought that affected that region, wiped out farmers, drove people to cities, created a humanitarian crisis that created the symptoms—or rather, the conditions—of extreme poverty that has led now to the rise of ISIL and this extreme violence.” (July 2015, Bloomberg)

"We must be mindful that American boots on the ground can be counterproductive to our desired outcome. We will not be successful in degrading ISIS if the number of militants taken off the battlefield is exceeded by number of new recruits replacing them,"(June 2015, Truman Project)

“Containing, degrading, and destroying ISIS will require an integrated approach.”(June 2015, Truman Project)

"We must do more to amplify credible local voices in the region to reveal ISIS for what it is: a gang of murderous thugs who have perverted the name of one of the world's great religions."(June 2015, Truman Project)

Syria

“Think about this, for us as a nation of 320 million people, to be able to do our part and accept 65,000 refugees from Syria, moms and dads and little kids, is like a baseball stadium with 32,000 people making room for 6 and a half more. We are a large nation and we are not a shrinking nation. And we must do better in the face of this humanitarian crisis.” (October 2015, AAI NLC)

“If Germany, a country with one fourth our population can accept 800,000 refugees this year, another half million in subsequent years, surely we can accept 65,000.” (October 2015, AAI NLC)

“I believe that a no-fly zone in Syria, at this time… would be a mistake. You have to enforce no-fly zones, and I believe, especially with the Russian air force in the air, it could lead to an escalation because of an accident that we would deeply regret. I support President Obama. I think we have to play a long game, and I think, ultimately -- you want to talk about blunders? I think Assad's invasion of Syria will be seen as a blunder.” (October 2015, CNN Democratic Debate)

"What to do about the root cause of this humanitarian crisis may be complex, but helping refugees is not: Americans have a long, proud tradition of providing comfort to the weak and weary. It is in our national DNA, inscribed at the foot of the Statue of Liberty...The United States must not be a bystander on the sidelines. We must not let bureaucracy hamstring us. And we must not pretend that the Atlantic Ocean frees us of our moral duty. We are Americans. We should be leading on this issue. We should begin by taking in at least 65,000 Syrian refugees by the end of 2016, as humanitarian organizations on the front lines of refugee assistance have asked us to do. Doing so would not only uphold our values, but would be fully consistent with U.S. policy." (September 2015, USA Today op-ed)

“We must do more to support Syrian refugees — and we must certainly welcome more than the proposed 5,000 to 8,000 refugees next year. I support the call from humanitarian and refugee organizations for the United States to accept at least 65,500 Syrian refugees next year. If Germany – a country with one-fourth our population – can accept 800,000 refugees this year, certainly we – the nation of immigrants and refugees - can do more. With more than 4 million Syrian refugees fleeing war and famine, they now comprise the second-largest refugee population in the world." (September 2015, campaign statement)

“As Europe is becoming increasingly aware, we are not immune from the injustices and tragedies that unfold outside our borders." (September 2015, campaign statement)

“I think our most effective foreign policy is a foreign policy of constant engagement around the world, and deploying our considerable diplomatic power, and our economic power, in accordance with our principles.” (June 2015, Newsweek)

Israel/Palestine

“I am a strong supporter of the two-state solution which would meet not only Israel’s critical security needs not only affirm the dignity of the Palestinian people to live as a free people in an independent state of their own, but is also in the best security interest of the United States of America.” (October 2015, AAI NLC)

“Both sides have to take steps to end this violence and address the underlying cause of it and both sides have to make the resumption of discussion and talk and dialogue an imperative and a priority. Part of those talks have to include a fair and safe and adequate access to religious sites in Jerusalem and elsewhere.” (October 2015, AAI NLC)

“I think the relationship between the United States and Israel is strong, will remain strong, and must be strong for our own security. But also, we have to continue to wage peace, and in this context, waging peace means pushing for a two-state solution.” (March 2015, Huffington Post interview)

“All of us hope for peace in the Middle East.” (February 2015, Facebook Page)

“Israel, I believe, has a right to defend itself. The number of rockets that have been fired at Israel, the tunnels used to attack Israel, all of these things, the basics of border security, need to be addressed here and I hope our country can be a broker for peace and help bring about a resolution.” (September 2014, Interview with Fusion)

Lebanon

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Iran Nuclear Deal 

“[T]he key now is to make sure that it is in fact enforceable, verifiable, tightly monitored, and that we’re prepared to snap sanctions back into place in the event that the Iranians were to cheat on this. But I think it holds a lot of promise. And I think this is how an effective foreign policy works, not merely using our military powers, but also our diplomatic. We have to also be about waging peace. And perhaps this deal is the path forward.” (July 2015, Iowa Public Radio Interview)

“I believe that negotiations are the best way to prevent Iran from developing a nuclear weapon, the best way to avoid even greater conflict in the region, and the best way to prevent widespread nuclear proliferation across the middle east" (June 2015, Truman Project)

“If we reach a verifiable and forcible agreement that cuts off Iran’s multiple paths to a bomb, congress would be wise to support it. If, on the other hand, Iran is found to be cheating, its leaders must know that we stand ready to institute the full array of sanctions that decimated their economy.” (June 2015, Truman Project)

“The greatest threat that we face right now in terms of man-made threats is a nuclear Iran and related extremist violence...I don’t think you can separate the two” (March 2015, The Hill)

“I think we should support the president in achieving a negotiated settlement” (March 2015, The Hill)

Voting Rights

“In order to include more of our people more fully in this ongoing journey of our country, its going to require new leadership, it’s going to require action, not just words and not just speeches. And this democratic experiment of ours in order to work we need everyone to be leaders, everyone to take actions to include more people more fully in the ongoing life of our country and that definitely includes in these troubled times in our world our Arab American neighbors, our diverse Arab American communities throughout our country, fully involving our people it’s a cornerstone of what were all about.” (October 2015, AAI NLC)

“Last year, Republican state legislators in 29 states introduced more than 80 restrictive bills to require a photo ID, make voter registration harder, or reduce early voting...We know why they’re doing this: because Americans without a photo ID are disproportionately low-income, disabled, minority -- and Democratic.” (August 2015, CNN)

“Many Americans don’t realize that the U.S. Constitution does not affirmatively guarantee the right to vote. Passing a constitutional amendment that enshrines that right will give U.S. courts the clarity they need to strike down Republican efforts to suppress the vote.” (August 2015, MSNBC)

“Amending the Constitution is hard, but voting shouldn’t be. Our current laws have failed to protect this fundamental right for too many people.” (August 2015, Martin O'Malley Campaign Policy)

Civil Rights and Civil Liberties

"The fact that a terrorist subject on a no-fly list can actually buy a combat assault weapon in the Untied States is ridiculous." (December 2015, MSNBC)

“While we must do everything we can to keep our country safe, we cannot let fear defeat the compassion of what it is to be an American.” (October 2015, AAI NLC)

“The point that the Black Lives Matter movement is making is a very, very legitimate and serious point, and that is that as a nation we have undervalued the lives of black lives, people of color.” (October 2015, CNN Democratic Debate)

“Our nation was founded on two self-evident truths: That all of us are created equal, and that we are endowed by our Creator with the rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. With these words, the American dream began. No fine print. No expiration date. All of us are included. Women and men. Black and white people. Irish Americans, Asian Americans, Latino Americans, Native Americans. Jewish, Christian, and Muslim Americans. Young and old. Rich and poor. Workers and business owners. Gay, lesbian, transgender and straight Americans. Every person is important, each of us is needed.” (May 2015, MartinOMalley.com)

“The death penalty is not just. There are discrepancies in how we administer the death penalty on the basis of race. Defendants accused of murdering white victims are significantly more likely to face a death sentence than those accused of killing non-white victims. Although African Americans represent 43 percent of all death row inmates, they make up only 13 percent of the population at large. And a minority defendant is three times more likely to receive the death penalty than is a white defendant.” (April 2015, Brennan Center)

Surveillance

(PATRIOT Act) “one of the things is our– our right to be secure in our homes and our right to expect that our federal government should have to get a warrant. I also wanna say that while we’ve made some progress on the– patriot act, I do believe that we need an adversarial port system there. We need a public advocate, we need to develop jurisprudence so that we can develop a body of law that protects the privacy of Americans in the information and digital age.” (Washington Post, 1/17/16)

"I believe that we should never give up our privacy; never should give up our freedoms in exchange for a promise of security. We need to figure this out together. We need a collaborative approach. We need new leadership. The way that things work in the modern era is actually to gather people around the table and figure these things out. The federal government should have to get warrants. That's not some sort of passe you know, antique sort of principle that safeguards our freedoms." (December 19, 2015 - ABC News Debate)

“The USA Freedom act was a step in the right direction, and I’m glad that it passed and the president signed it. I would like to see us go further in terms of a role for a public advocate in the FISA court. As a lawyer myself and by training, I think our national security and our rights would be better served if we had a bigger role for a public advocate in the FISA court.” (June 2015, U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce)

In supporting the passage of the USA Freedom Act, O’Malley said, “I think we could be less safe if we resort to obstructionism when it comes to something as important as protecting our homeland from the threat of terror attacks.” (June 2015, U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce)

“After making changes to protect consumer data and ensure the appropriate level of legal protection for companies, Congress should pass this legislation. We need to ensure that privacy issues are directly and adequately addressed in order to build the trust necessary for businesses and other organizations to work with the government on the safeguards we need to protect both." (June 2015, Foreign Policy)

Community Policing

We weren’t able to make our city immune from setbacks as the Freddie Gray– unrest and– and tragic death showed. But we were able to save a lot of lives doing things that actually worked to improve police and community relations.” (Washington Post, 1/17/16)

“The truth of the matter is we create a civilian review board. And all– many of these things are in the new agenda for criminal justice reform that I’ve put forward. We created a– civilian review board, gave them their own detectives. We required the reporting of discourtesy– use of excessive for– force, lethal force.” (Washington Post, 1/17/16)

"There is no issue in American public policy that I have worked on more day in and day out than this painful issue of policing, of law enforcement, criminal justice and race in America.As a nation, we have to embrace this moment and make our departments more open, more transparent, and more accountable....Just as we require every major department, every county to report its major crimes, we should require police departments to report their discourtesy, brutality, excessive force. There's so much work that can be done, so much we've learned to do better. We need to do it now as a nation. This is our time and our opportunity to do that." (December 19, 2015 - ABC News Debate)

“Given the legacy of racism and slavery and the way that it is intertwined with public safety and law enforcement and particularly with drug policies in our country, all of us have a responsibility to be on the constant search for the policies that actually serve us, that actually work.” (November 2015, MSNBC Democratic Forum)

“[T]he burden of proof standard in federal civil rights cases is higher than it needs to be...we need a more reasonable standard to allow the Justice Department to be able to investigate,” (August 2015, Business Insider)

“One of the very important things that we can establish right off the bat is to require data to be recorded that measures police-involved shootings, custodial death [and] excessive use of force...we should require every department to monitor as courtesy excessive force complaints, because the things that get measured are the things that get management attention.” (July 2015, Ebony Magazine)

“We have been seeing far too many tragic videos of police-involved deaths in our country. We have to make all our institutions more open and transparent.” (March 2015, Democratic fundraiser)

Bigoted Speech: Instances of Condemnation and/or Use

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if Donald Trump wants to start a registry in our country of people by faith he can start with me. And I will sign up as one who is totally opposed to his fascist appeals that wants to vilify American Muslims. That can do more damage to our democracy than any s– thing–” (Washington Post, 1/17/16)

"My friend Kashif, who is a doctor in Maryland; back to this issue of our danger as a democracy of turning against ourselves. He was putting his 10 and 12-year-old boys to bed the other night. And he is a proud American Muslim. And one of his little boys said to him, "Dad, what happens if Donald Trump wins and we have to move out of our homes?" These are very, very real issues. this is a clear and present danger in our politics within. We need to speak to what unites us as a people; freedom of worship, freedom of religion, freedom of expression. And we should never be convinced to give up those freedoms in exchange for a promise of greater security; especially from someone as untried and as incompetent as Donald Trump." (December 19, 2015 - ABC News Debate)

“Ben Carson flat out said that he would not be comfortable with a president who happened to be Muslim, one wonders from a man who understands the value of education what sort of message that sends to Muslim American little boys and girls studying American history.” (October 2015, AAI NLC)

“Sometimes this Islamophobia and xenophobia seeps into the mainstream, I wish it weren’t so but this is the great work of our times that we need to be involved in healing as citizens, as caring human beings.” (October 2015, AAI NLC)

“For Arab Americans and Muslim Americans in particular I’m sure it’s easy to get discouraged when you see some of the rhetoric spewing off of debates and the podiums. Houses of worship have been denied permits, protests sometimes set ablaze, worshippers exiting the mosque in Phoenix and greeted with protestors carrying assault rifles….A 14-year-old in Texas could not take his science project to school without being arrested.” (October 2015, AAI NLC)

“You want to talk to someone who believes very very passionately in what our country is all about, someone who believes very passionately in the American Dream and the hope that that offers future generations, talk to a new American, talk to someone that fled violence or famine and you will find people who believe very very passionately about our country and what we’re all about in our truest moments in our hearts." (October 2015, AAI NLC)

on this stage, you didn't hear anyone denigrate women, you didn't hear anyone make racist comments about new American immigrants, you didn't hear anyone speak ill of another American because of their religious belief… Unless you've become discouraged about our gridlock in Congress, talk to our young people under 30, because you'll never find among them people that want to bash immigrants or people that want to deny rights to gay couples. That tells me we are moving to a more connected, generous, and compassionate place, and we need to speak to the goodness within our country.” (October 2015, CNN Democratic Debate)

"I believe the vast majority of Americans don't disqualify a candidate for President based upon his or her religious affiliation. I think that's sad, bigoted language that's a vestige of our past." (September 2015, MSNBC)

"Shame on you, . “Muslim” is not a slur. You cannot scapegoat your way to the presidency. -O'M" (September 2015, Twitter)

"Unlike the hateful words you heard at the #GOPDebate, I would warmly welcome 65,000 Syrian refugees." (September 2015, Twitter)

"Republicans traffic in immigrant hate, they call for walls, internment camps, forced expulsions. Democrats understand that the enduring symbol of our nation is not the barbed wired fence, it is the statue of liberty." (August 2015, DNC Summer Meeting)

In referencing both the rhetoric employed by Donald Trump and the lack of debates the Democratic Party has scheduled, O'Malley remarked, "Silence and complacency in the face of hate is not an honorable option for the Democratic Party." (August 2015, DNC Summer Meeting)

"I will not stand silent in the face of the lies, the distortion, and the racist hate being pumped out over the airwaves from the debate podiums of the once proud Republican Party." (August 2015, DNC Summer Meeting)

In response to AFL-CIO President's video asking 2016 candidates to end the vitriolic rhetoric about immigrants, O'Malley tweeted, ".@RichardTrumka, I agree. We must say no to hate and racism. This hateful rhetoric has no place in our country." (August 2015, @MartinOMalley)

After being criticized for saying “All lives matter” at BLM event, O’Malley said, "I meant no disrespect. That was a mistake on my part and I meant no disrespect. I did not mean to be insensitive in any way or communicate that I did not understand the tremendous passion, commitment and feeling and depth of feeling that all of us should be attaching to this issue." (July 2015, This Week in Blackness)

Immigration Reform

We have not fully discussed immigration reform and the deplorable number of immigrant detention camps that our nation’s now maintaining.” (Washington Post,1/17/16)

“I think it becomes so easy to lose sight of the human beings and families involved when we talk about comprehensive immigration reform and even Syrian refugees. There's a kind of namelessness that accompanies the globalization of indifference.” (November 2015, NBC News Latino)

“…net immigration from Mexico last year was zero… But the truth of the matter is if we want wages to go up we've got to get 11 million of our neighbors out of the… shadow economy and into the full light of an American economy… Yes, we must protect our borders. But there is no substitute for having comprehensive immigration reform with a pathway to citizenship for 11 million people-- many of whom have known no other country but the United States of America.” (November 2015, CBS Democratic Debate)

Speaking in reaction to Hillary Clinton's statements about building a fence along the U.S.-Mexico border, O'Malley's campaign spokeswoman said, "Secretary Clinton bragging about building a border fence over in New Hampshire today is exactly the kind of outdated, intolerant thinking that the Democratic Party cannot represent... It is flat-out wrong to hear Secretary Clinton echo failed policy and sentiments that are more at home in the Republican Party, especially when their field is fueled by intolerance and false hysteria towards immigration... I don’t care how tall the wall is or how big the door is, that is never going to happen. And I think that’s an unnecessarily provocative thing to say." (November 2015, campaign statement)

“We are a nation of immigrants and refugees; it is in our DNA and on the base of the Statue of Liberty. The enduring symbol of our nation is not the barbed wired fence; it is the Statue of Liberty.” (October 2015, AAI NLC)

“We passed a state version of the DREAM Act and a lot of the xenophobes, the immigrant haters like some that we've heard like, Donald Trump, that carnival barker in the Republican party tried to mischaracterize it as free tuition for illegal immigrants. But, we took our case to the people when it was petitioned to referendum, and we won with 58 percent of the vote. The more our children learn, the more they will earn, and that's true of children who have yet to be naturalized... but will become American citizens." (October 2015, CNN Democratic Debate)

“I think what you've heard up here is some of the old thinking on immigration reform, and that's why it's gridlocked. We need to understand that our country is stronger in every generation by the arrival of new American immigrants. That is why I have put out a policy for comprehensive immigration reform, that is why I would go further than President Obama has on DACA, and DAPA. I mean, we are a nation of immigrants, we are made stronger by immigrants. Do you think for a second that simply because somebody's standing in a broken cue on naturalization they're not going to go to the hospital, and that care isn't going to fall on to our insurance rates? I am for a generous, compassionate America that says we're all in this together. We need comprehensive immigration reform.” (October 2015, CNN Democratic Debate)

"Rather than looking at immigration reform as some sort of check-the-box issue ... I believe we need to talk about this as a national economic imperative." (August 2015, #UniteIowa Immigration Forum)

“We are, and always have been, a nation of immigrants and our immigration laws must reflect our values. That's why we need to reform a system that is callous, irrational, inhumane, and unjust by providing immediate relief to millions of New Americans and fighting for immigration reform to bring our neighbors out of the shadows,” (July 2015, O'Malley Immigration Reform Goals)

“As a nation, we must honor our proud legacy as a nation of immigrants and maintain one of America’s key strategic advantages: that people all over the world still dream of becoming Americans. To continue to attract the next generation of strivers, dreamers, and risk-takers, and to be true to the values we hold dear, it is imperative that we pursue a dynamic, modern approach to immigration policy. This will require a new push for comprehensive immigration reform – and new leadership that is willing to work tirelessly until it is finally accomplished, once and for all.” (July 2015, Martin O'Malley Campaign Policy)

“I’m the only candidate in this race who has committed to tackle immigration reform in my first 100 days in office and the only one with a proven record of advancing New American rights.” (June 2015, Politico)

“There is such a compelling business case. Set aside compassion, set aside justice, set aside fairness, if you must. And if you go only on the business case for immigration reform, the United States of America is losing money and jobs every day by not having fixed our archaic immigration policies. This is low-hanging fruit, if you will. It’s not what other countries are doing to us. It’s what we’re not doing for ourselves, in recognizing the tremendous power and the economic imperative of immigration reform.” (May 2011, Washington Post)