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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“Our problem is 11 million people getting jobs that many Americans…would like to have.”

Posted on January 26, 2012 in Campaign Statements

"Our problem is 11 million people getting jobs that many Americans, legal immigrants, would like to have. It's school kids in schools that districts are having a hard time paying for. It's people getting free health care because we are required under the law to provide that health care.And the real concern is the people who want to come here legally. Let's let legal immigrants come here. Let's stop illegal immigration."

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“I am pro-immigrant…I want them to come legally.”

Posted on January 26, 2012 in Campaign Statements

"I think I described following the law as it exists in this country, which is to say, I'm not going around and rounding people up and deporting them.What I said was, people who come here legally get a work permit. People who do not come here legally do not get a work permit. Those who don't get work will tend, over time, to self-deport.I'm not going to go find grandmothers and take them out of their homes and deport them. Those are your words, not my words. And to use that rhetoric suggests to people that somehow, if you're not...

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