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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RNC 1992: Immigration

Posted on February 06, 2012 in Platforms

Illegal immigration, on the other hand, undermines the integrity of border communities and already crowded urban neighborhoods. We will build on the already announced strengthening of the Border Patrol to better coordinate interdiction of illegal entrants through greater cross-border cooperation. Specifically, we will increase the size of the Border Patrol in order to meet the increasing need to stop illegal immigration and we will equip the Border Patrol with the tools, technologies, and structures necessary to secure the border.

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DNC 1988: Immigration

Posted on February 06, 2012 in Platforms

Our immigration policy should be reformed to promote fairness, non-discrimination and family reunification and to reflect our constitutional freedoms of speech, association and travel.

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RNC 1984: Immigration

Posted on February 06, 2012 in Platforms

We affirm our country's absolute fight to control its borders... We will preserve the principle of family reunification.

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RNC 1976: Immigration

Posted on February 06, 2012 in Platforms

Republicans … believe that to the fullest extent possible those immigrants should be admitted who will make a positive contribution to America and who are willing to accept the fundamental American values and way of life…The federal government has a duty to adopt immigration laws and follow enforcement procedures which will fairly and effectively implement the immigration policy desired by the American people.

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RNC 1972: Immigration

Posted on February 06, 2012 in Platforms

We firmly support the right of all persons to emigrate from any country, and we have consistently upheld that doctrine.    The cultural diversity of America's heritage groups has always been a source of strength for our society and our Party. We reaffirm our commitment to the basic American values which have made this Nation the land of opportunity for these groups, originating from all sectors of the world, from Asia to Africa to Europe to Latin America. We will continue our Party's open-door policy and work to assure all minorities full opportunity for participation in the political process.    ...

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RNC 1968: Immigration

Posted on February 06, 2012 in Platforms

The principles of the 1965 Immigration Act—non-discrimination against national origins, reunification of families...have our unreserved backing, We will refine this new law to make our immigration policy still more equitable and non-discriminatory.

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“I believe English should be the official language of the United States.”

Posted on January 26, 2012 in Campaign Statements

"I think our position on English in our schools and in our nation is the same, which I believe English should be the official language of the United States, as it is. I also believe that in our schools, we should teach kids in English.So, when I was governor, I fought for -- actually, before I was governor, I fought for, during my election and thereafter, a program to have English immersion in our schools so our kids could learn in English. I think we agree on this, which is, you know what? Kids in this country should learn English...

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“No one should be trapped in a linguistic situation where they can’t go out and get a job.”

Posted on January 26, 2012 in Campaign Statements

"What I said was, we want everybody to learn English because we don't -- and I didn't use the word "Spanish." We do not want anyone trapped in a situation where they cannot get a commercial job, they cannot rise, and virtually every parent of every ethnic group -- and by the way, they are 94 languages spoken at the Miami-Dade College -- 94 languages. And that's why I think English should be the official language of government, and that's why I think every young American should learn English.And my point was, no one should be trapped in a linguistics...

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