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Posted by on December 16, 2011 in Blog
One year after the spark of the Arab Spring, we remain inspired by the courageous efforts of ordinary people across the Arab world to rise up and change their countries. In recent months, Arab Americans across the country have engaged in various efforts to change the national narrative on a number of important issues facing our community. In October, a coalition of Arab American organizations launched Yalla Change, a national campaign devoted to bringing about the change we need here at home.
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“Nobody is coming anymore. There is nothing to come for.”

Posted on December 15, 2011 in Campaign Statements

“But in terms of immigration, and illegal immigration, this president has so screwed up this economy, nobody is coming anymore. There is nothing to come for. I mean, there's not a problem today. Just take a look at the numbers coming across. 

I mean, the numbers, it was posted the other day, lowest in four decades. So I say, you know, we have got to secure the border, of course. We have got to deal with the 11, 12 million people who are here. But let's not lose sight of the fact that legal immigration is an engine of growth...

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“I would propose cutting off all federal aid to any sanctuary city…”

Posted on December 15, 2011 in Campaign Statements

“But let me say on this whole issue of immigration. On day one, I would drop all the lawsuits against Arizona, South Carolina, and Alabama. It is wrong for the government.  I would propose -- I would propose cutting off all federal aid to any sanctuary city that deliberately violated federal law.”

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“Ultimately you have to go home…but get in line behind everyone else.”

Posted on December 15, 2011 in Campaign Statements

“So you say to people who are here illegally today, you are not going to be able to work here unless you register, unless -- and we will give you transition period of time, and then ultimately you have got to go home, apply for permanent residency here or citizenship, if you want to try and do that, but get in line behind everyone else.

My view is, people who have come here illegally, we welcome you to apply but you must get at the back of the line, because there are millions of people who are in line right...

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“You will not see a catch and release program.”

Posted on December 10, 2011 in Campaign Statements

“You will not see a catch and release program like this administration has today th-- where people who are caught who are illegally in this country, and because they haven't been (RUSTLING) caught in a violent situation, they're released. Released into the general population. That's the problem that we've got in this country.”

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“No favoritism…for those that have come here illegally.”

Posted on December 10, 2011 in Campaign Statements

“I do not want to do something which encourages another wave of illegal immigration. So, from my view-- viewpoint, the key-- the key measure is this: No favoritism for permanent residency or citizenship for those that have come here illegally.”

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“Settle their affairs and then return home and get in line at the back of the line.”

Posted on December 10, 2011 in Campaign Statements

“Secure the border. Once we do that, we can start talking about the 11 million or whatever number that may be that are in the country illegally. My own view is those 11-- 11 million people should register the fact that they're here in the country. They should be given some transition period of time to allow them to-- settle their affairs and then return home and get in the-- in line at the back of the line with everybody else that wants to come here.”

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“They get residency. And the pay a penalty in order to get residency.”

Posted on December 10, 2011 in Campaign Statements

“Well, I-- that's why you have the citizen review panel. The per-- the person has to have been here 25 years, have genuine ties to the community, be a good citizen, and have an American family sponsor them. And they still don't get citizenship. This is not amnesty. They get residency. And they pay a penalty in order to get residency. “

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“We should make deportation dramatically easier.”

Posted on December 10, 2011 in Campaign Statements

“I think most of the workers who are here who have no ties to us should go home immediately. I think we should make deportation dramatically easier. This is, I think frankly we oughta make English the official language of government. And we oughta have an effective guest worker program with very severe penalties for those employers who hire people illegally.”

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“We want those brains in our country.”

Posted on November 22, 2011 in Campaign Statements

"We want those brains in our country. But in order to bring people in legally we've got to stop illegal immigration. That means turning off the magnets of amnesty, in-state tuition for illegal aliens, employers that knowingly hire people that have come here illegally."

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