“As Arizona is finding out, you can stop illegal immigration.”

Posted on February 22, 2012 in Campaign Statements

"I'll also complete the fence. I'll make sure we have enough border patrol agents to secure the fence. And I will make sure we have an E-Verify system and require employers to check the documents of workers, and to check E- Verify. And if an employer hires someone that has not gone through E- Verify, they're going to get sanctioned just like they do for not paying their taxes.You do that, and just as Arizona is finding out, you can stop illegal immigration. It's time we finally did it."

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“I think you see a model in Arizona.”

Posted on February 22, 2012 in Campaign Statements

"I think you see a model in Arizona. They passed a law here that says -- that says that people who come here and try and find work, that the employer is required to look them up on e- verify. This e-verify system allows employers in Arizona to know who's here legally and who's not here legally.And as a result of e-verify being put in place, the number of people in Arizona that are here illegally has dropped by some 14 percent, where the national average has only gone down 7 percent. So going back to the question that was...

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“The further we have gone with the fence, the fewer people have broken in…”

Posted on February 22, 2012 in Campaign Statements

"Look, the fact is I helped Duncan Hunter pass the first fence bill in San Diego when I was Speaker of the House. San Diego and Tijuana are the most densely populated border. It turned out it worked. It worked dramatically. Duncan and I would be glad to testify -- he's former chairman of the Defense Committee -- how much it worked.However, it stopped. It stopped in part because there was a wetlands. It turned out none of the illegal immigrants cared about wetlands policy. Then you had to go and build around the wetlands, which we did. The further...

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“I have a commitment…to finish [the border wall] by January 1, 2014.”

Posted on February 22, 2012 in Campaign Statements

"Now, the thing that's fascinating, though, John, is you quoted a government study of how much it would cost. That's my earlier point. If you modernize the federal government so it's competent, you could probably do it for 10 percent of the cost of that study. The fact is, I have a commitment at newt.org, to finish the job by January 1, 2014, I would initiate a bill that would waive all federal regulations, requirement and studies.I would ask Governor Brewer here, I would ask Governor Martinez, Governor Brown, and Governor Perry to become the co-leaders in their state. We...

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“The program today endorses the illegal problems.”

Posted on February 22, 2012 in Campaign Statements

"But the federal government does have a responsibility for these borders. And I just hate to see all these resources -- I think that we should have much more immigration service on the border to make it easier -- it's hard to even get to visit this country. We're losing a lot of visitors and workers that could come to this country because we have an inefficient immigration service.And then that invites the illegal. We can't endorse the illegal, but the program today endorses the illegal problems. And a weak economy is always detrimental, too, because of the welfare state....

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“We reward illegal immigration. They get benefits.”

Posted on February 22, 2012 in Campaign Statements

"...the best way to [deal the the US-Mexico border] is forget about the border between Pakistan and Afghanistan and deal with our borders, put our resources on this border. This is what we need. But we need to change the rules. We reward illegal immigration. They get benefits, Texas hospitals, and, you know, schools are going bankrupt.The restraints on the states, and Obama's restraints on the states to deal with it. Why is it if an illegal comes across the border and they go on private property, why isn't that trespassing? And why don't you have the right to stop...

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Washington Watch: Watching the Arab vote

Posted by on February 22, 2012 in News Clips

Quite a bit has been written lately about the impact of the Jewish vote in this year’s presidential race, but what about the Arab-American vote? That will be tested next week in the state with the country’s second largest Arab-American population, Michigan, and a week later in Ohio, which ranks eighth. Unlike Jews, who historically vote 3:1 Democratic, Arab Americans have been less predictable.Republican candidates Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich have done little discernible to court Michigan’s Arab- American voters.“I see no real enthusiasm for any Republican,” said James Zogby, president of the Arab American Institute. “Many...

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Heinz and Aboud Running for Giffords’s Congressional Seat

Posted by on February 14, 2012 in Blog

It’s official. Two Arab Americans will face off for Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords’s old congressional seat. Arizona State Senator Paula Aboud confirmed yesterday that she will run for office in Arizona’s newly redrawn District 2. Two weeks earlier, State Representative Matt Heinz announced that he would pursue the same office. The soon-to-be-formed District 2 will contain much of Giffords’s former district 8, which, due to her recent retirement, is now vacant. Neither Aboud nor Heinz (both Democrats) will run in the special election which is set for June 12, leaving former Giffords aide Ron Barber unchallenged for the Democratic ticket...

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DNC 2008: Immigration

Posted on February 06, 2012 in Platforms

We need comprehensive immigration reform, not just piecemeal efforts. We must work together to pass immigration reform in a way that unites this country, not in a way that divides us by playing on our worst instincts and fears. We are committed to pursuing tough, practical, and humane immigration reform in the first year of the next administration. We cannot continue to allow people to enter the United States undetected, undocumented, and unchecked. The American people are a welcoming and generous people, but those who enter our country's borders illegally, and those who employ them, disrespect the rule of the...

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RNC 2008: Immigration

Posted on February 06, 2012 in Platforms

We simply must be able to track who is entering and leaving our country. …[T]he EVerify system …must be reauthorized.  A phased in requirement that employers use the E-Verify system must be enacted. The rule of law means guaranteeing to law enforcement the tools and coordination to deport criminal aliens without delay — and correcting court decisions that have made deportation so difficult. It means enforcing the law against those who overstay their visas…It means requiring cooperation among federal, state and local law enforcement and real consequences…It does not mean driver's licenses for illegal aliens, nor does it mean that...

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