“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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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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