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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“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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