“If there is some level of humanity for people…we can pass legislation.”

Posted on January 26, 2012 in Campaign Statements

"[Mitt Romney is the most anti-immigrant candidate] because, in the original conversations about deportation, the position I took, which he attacked pretty ferociously, was that grandmothers and grandfathers aren't going to be successfully deported. We're not -- we as a nation are not going to walk into some family -- and by the way, they're going to end up in a church, which will declare them a sanctuary. We're not going to walk in there and grab a grandmother out and then kick them out.We're not going -- and I think you have to be realistic in your indignation. I...

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“The way we’re handling our borders is actually hurting our economy.”

Posted on January 26, 2012 in Campaign Statements

"You can't deal with immigration without dealing with the economy. The weaker the economy, the more resentment there is when illegals come in. If you have a healthy, vibrant economy, it's not a problem; we're usually looking for workers.Even under today's circumstances, a lot of businesses are looking for workers and they don't have them. They're not as well-trained here.But also, the way we're handling our borders is actually hurting our economy because the businesspeople -- you know, visitors have a hard time coming in. I mean, we don't have a well-managed border. So I think we need more resources...

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“And those that are abused. We’re concerned about them.”

Posted on January 26, 2012 in Campaign Statements

"If you do that, people who have come here illegally won't be able to find work. And over time, those people would tend to leave the country, or self-deport. I don't think anyone is interested in going around and rounding up people around the country and deporting 11 million Americans -- or, excuse me 11 million illegal immigrants into America. Now, let's look at -- and -- and I know people said, but isn't that unfair to those 11 million that are here and have lived their lives here and perhaps raised children here? But I think it's important to...

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“I offered a proposal, a citizen panel to review…”

Posted on January 26, 2012 in Campaign Statements

"You should have a guest worker program, probably run by American Express, Visa or MasterCard so they minimize fraud, which the federal government won't do. And you should have much stronger employer penalties at that point because you can validate it. I actually agree that self-deportation will occur if you're single. If you've only been here a short time. And there are millions of people who faced with that, would go back home, file for a guest worker program and might or might not come back.The one group I singled out, were people who have been here a very long...

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“People who are found who are working here illegally, they need to be deported.”

Posted on January 26, 2012 in Campaign Statements

"And so I think we need to enforce the law at the border, secure the border. Secondly, we need to have employer enforcement, which means E-verify and then we need to have not only employers sanctioned, but we have to have people who are found who are working here illegally, they need to be deported. That is again the principle of having a rule of law and living by it. I am very much in favor of immigration. I'm not someone -- my dad came to this country and I'm someone who believes that -- that we need immigration. We...

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“Let’s at least agree to stop expelling responsible young people.”

Posted on January 24, 2012 in Campaign Statements

“I believe as strongly as ever that we should take on illegal immigration. That's why my administration has put more boots on the border than ever before. That's why there are fewer illegal crossings than when I took office. The opponents of action are out of excuses. We should be working on comprehensive immigration reform right now. But if election-year politics keeps Congress from acting on a comprehensive plan, let's at least agree to stop expelling responsible young people who want to staff our labs, start new businesses, defend this country. Send me a law that gives them the chance...

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“If you want to be an American, you respect the laws of America.”

Posted on January 23, 2012 in Campaign Statements

"My father came to this country, my grandfather came to this country. He left my dad behind for five years. My dad was without a dad for almost the first five years of his life.And there are millions of stories across America of people making sacrifices because America was worth it to do it the right way. You come to this country and the first thing you do is to respect our laws. If you want to be an American, you respect the laws of America, and you do so continually while you’re here.We reward that kind of behavior. We...

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“If you’re working, probably you’ve stolen someone’s Social Security number.”

Posted on January 23, 2012 in Campaign Statements

"Well, [self-deportation] is happening now. I mean, people are going back now because they can’t find jobs because of the lack of employment opportunities.The bottom line is, is that if you do enforce the law and say that people who are here illegally, who are doing illegal acts — and that is working, which you’re not allowed to do — and if you’re working, probably you’ve stolen someone’s Social Security number, which you are not allowed to do — and that’s another law that is broken — that we should enforce the law. It’s not someone who has come here...

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“We’d have a card that indicates who’s here illegally.”

Posted on January 23, 2012 in Campaign Statements

"Yes, we’d have a card that indicates who’s here illegally. And if people are not able to have a card, and have through an E-Verify system determine that they are here illegally, then they’re going to find they can’t get work here. And if people don’t get work here, they’re going to self-deport to a place where they can get work.Ultimately, with this transition period in place, we would then allow people to get in line at home and to come back to this country after they have reached the front of the line. But I just don’t think it’s...

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“The answer is self-deportation.”

Posted on January 23, 2012 in Campaign Statements

"Well, the answer is self-deportation, which is people decide they can do better by going home because they can’t find work here because they don’t have legal documentation to allow them to work here. And so we’re not going to round people up.The way that we have in this society is to say, look, people who have come here legally would, under my plan, be given a transition period and the opportunity during that transition period to work here, but when that transition period was over, they would no longer have the documentation to allow them to work in this...

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