“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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“I would not sign the DREAM Act as it currently exists.”

Posted on January 23, 2012 in Campaign Statements

"I would not sign the DREAM Act as it currently exists, but I would sign the DREAM Act if it were focused on military service."

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“[If] you are prepared to join the American military, you can…earn the right to citizenship.”

Posted on January 23, 2012 in Campaign Statements

"I would work to get a signable version [of the DREAM Act] which would be the military component. I think any young person living in the United States who happened to have been brought here by their parents when they were young should have the same opportunity to join the American military and earn citizenship which they would have had from back home.We have a clear provision that if you live in a foreign country, and you are prepared to join the American military, you can, in fact, earn the right to citizenship by serving the United States and taking...

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“...our system really gives us a way to be more generous.”

Posted on January 23, 2012 in Campaign Statements

"Yes, my answer is similar, but a little bit different, because at the national level, obviously we have to have one language. I mean, we can’t have multiple languages. So, for legal reasons, we would have one language.But our system really gives us a way to be more generous, because if Florida wanted to have some ballots in Spanish, I certainly wouldn’t support a federal law that would prohibit Florida from accommodating a city election or a local election or a state election. I think that’s the magnificence of our system, where you can solve some of these problems without...

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“Look, English is the language of this nation.”

Posted on January 23, 2012 in Campaign Statements

"Look, English is the language of this nation. People need to learn English to be able to be successful, to get great jobs. We don’t want to have people limited in their capacity to achieve the American dream because they don’t speak English. And so encouraging people through every means possible to learn the language of America is a good idea.Recognize at the same time we want people coming here from other cultures that speak other languages. That strengthens America. It’s a great thing. But having them learn English is also a great thing for them and for their kids."...

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