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Gary Johnson on Immigration

Libertarian presidential nominee; former Republican NM Governor

 


A ban based on religion violates our Constitution

Q: Do you plan to ban Muslims from US?

Donald Trump: It's called extreme vetting. They're coming in by the tens of thousands and Hillary Clinton wants to allow a 550% increase over Obama.

Source: Johnson Twitter posts on Second 2016 Presidential Debate , Oct 9, 2016

WRONG to deport 11 million undocumented from US

Donald Trump: The border patrol agents endorsed me because I understand the border. [Hillary Clinton] wants amnesty for everybody.

Gary Johnson: The deportation of 11 million undocumented immigrants is WRONG. Issue work visas.

Source: Johnson Twitter posts on Second 2016 Presidential Debate , Oct 9, 2016

No random deportations; just keep out criminals & terrorists

Trump said during the debate, "I was endorsed by˙ICE. They've never endorsed anybody before -- on immigration. I was just endorsed by ICE. We're losing our jobs, people are pouring into our country. The other day we were deporting eight hundred people, but these people that we were going to deport, for good reason, ended up becoming citizens. And it was 800 and now it turns out it might be 1800 and they don't even know."

Gary Johnson proposed a reformed immigration system that would "eliminate categories and quotas" and offer undocumented immigrants with an otherwise unblemished track record in the U.S. a path to legal status. Johnson wrote that border enforcement would be focused on "keeping out real criminals and would-be terrorists."

Jill Stein responded, "Immigrants are among the most law-abiding groups out there. It is false for Trump to be fear-mongering that immigrants are a community of violence."

Source: 3rd-party commentary on First 2016 Presidential Debate , Sep 26, 2016

Deporting 11M illegal immigrants is based on misinformation

Q: Trump said that he wants to build a huge wall on our border with Mexico, and deport 11 million undocumented residents. Do you agree?

JOHNSON: Well, I find both of his statements just incendiary, and I am speaking as a border state governor. The deportation of 11 million illegal immigrants is really based on misinformation. Building a fence across the border borders on insanity. We should make it as easy as possible for somebody that wants to come into this country and work to be able to get a work visa. I'm not talking about a green card; I'm not talking about a citizenship, but a work visa that should entail a background check and a Social Security card so that applicable taxes get paid. They are not taking jobs that U.S. citizens want. They're hard-working individuals. The reason for the 11 million illegal immigrants is because there are jobs that exist in this country and they can't get across the border legally, so they cross illegally.

Source: CNN Libertarian Town Hall: joint interview of Johnson & Weld , Jun 22, 2016

Make work visas as easy as possible

Q: What about work visas?

JOHNSON: Look, if you're in the country illegally, come on in, get your work visa, as long as you've been law-abiding, we'll give you the work visa, and let's start make it easy to distinguish from a Border Patrol standpoint the difference between bad people that are crossing illegally and the woman with her kids who knows there are jobs in El Paso, but she's got to wade across the Rio Grande with her kids to get that job.

Q: But that would also be considered illegal.

JOHNSON: It is. Yes, it is.

Q: From a compassionate standpoint, I get the distinction. But from a legal one?

JOHNSON: Make it as easy as possible for her to get a work visa so that the line is moving to get across the border. And if she's gotten across the border already and she's held a job, look, come on in, get a work visa. Let's dot the i's and cross the t's on your being here legally. And I'm not even talking about being a citizen. Citizenry will still be a process.

Source: CNN Libertarian Town Hall: joint interview of Johnson & Weld , Jun 22, 2016

Would veto Arizona SB 1070 as Latino racial discrimination

Johnson opposed Arizona SB 1070, and says he would have vetoed it were he the governor, though he understands and supports the spirit behind it. He says that the bill was devastating to drawing business to Arizona and believes the bill will create racial discrimination.

The Support Our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhoods Act (Arizona SB 1070) was the broadest and strictest anti-illegal immigration measure during 2010. Federal law requires all aliens over the age of 14 to register with the US government after 30 days, and to have registration documents in their possession at all times. The Arizona act additionally made it a state misdemeanor crime for an alien to be in Arizona without carrying the required documents, required that state law enforcement officers attempt to determine an individual's immigration status during a "lawful stop, detention or arrest", when there is reasonable suspicion that the individual is an illegal immigrant.

Source: Wikipedia articles on Johnson's positions & Arizona SB 1060 , May 2, 2016

Bigger border fence will only produce taller ladders

Having served as Governor of a border state, Gary Johnson understands immigration. He understands that a robust flow of labor, regulated not by politics, but by the marketplace, is essential. He understands that a bigger fence will only produce taller ladders and deeper tunnels, and that the flow of illegal immigrants across the border is not a consequence of too little security, but rather a legal immigration system that simply doesn't work. Militarizing the border, bigger fences, and other punitive measures espoused by too many politicians are all simplistic "solutions" to a problem caused by artificial quotas, bureaucratic incompetence and the shameful failure of Congress to actually put in place an immigration system that matches reality.

Governor Johnson has long advocated a simplified and secure system of work visas by which willing workers and willing employers can meet in a robust labor marketplace efficiently and economically.

Source: 2016 presidential campaign website GaryJohnson2016.com , Jan 11, 2016

Arizona anti-immigrant law leads to racial profiling

Immigration is an issue on which most of the so-called "mainstream" politicians in the US have shown a striking LACK of courage. A 2010 interview reported [on my] disdain for hardliners [regarding] the incendiary new immigration law passed in AZ: "I just don't think it's going to work," he says. "I think it's going to lead to racial profiling. I don't know how you determine one individual from another--is it color of skin? --as to whether one is an American citizen or the other is an illegal immigrant."
Source: Seven Principles, by Gary Johnson, p.126-127 , Aug 1, 2012

A 10-foot wall just requires an 11-foot ladder

[One journalist] noted, rightly, that I favor an expansive guest worker program and am uncomfortable with the idea of mass deportation. So, he asked me about the idea of increasing security by means of a border wall.

"I have never been supportive of the wall," I answered. "A 10-foot wall just requires an 11-foot ladder."

Source: Seven Principles, by Gary Johnson, p.127 , Aug 1, 2012

2 year grace period for illegals to get work visas

Source: 2012 presidential campaign website, garyjohnson2012.com , Nov 15, 2011

1 strike & you're out for legal immigrants who violate terms

Source: 2012 presidential campaign website, garyjohnson2012.com , Nov 15, 2011

Let some, but not all, illegal immigrants stay in US

OnTheIssues indicates that Gov. Johnson is open to all illegals being able to stay in the United States. The Governor is only open to some of the illegals being able to stay in the United States. The Governor supports a 2 year grace period for illegals to get work visas, after which those without work visas would be deported. He also believes in a "1 strike and you're out policy" for legal immigrants who violate the terms of their stay in the United States.
Source: Email interview on presidential race with OnTheIssues.org , Nov 15, 2011

We educate the world's best & brightest; why send them back?

Q: You were a border-state governor. What would your approach to immigration be?

A: Because of our convoluted immigration policies we're educating the best and brightest kids from all over the world and we're sending them back to their countries of origin. Instead of them staying here to start up businesses that will employ tens of millions of Americans they go home and employ tens of millions of Indians. We're doing that to ourselves.

We should make it as easy as possible to be able to get a legal work visa--not citizenship, not a green card. Just a work visa, with a background check and a social security card so that applicable taxes would get paid.

And then legalize marijuana. 75% of the border violence with Mexico would go away.

Source: Tim Dickinson in Rolling Stone Magazine , Jun 15, 2011

Open the border; flood of Mexicans would become taxpayers

Q: What is your view of the immigration issue?

A: Hispanics who immigrate care about their families like other Americans care about their families. They're living in poverty in Mexico and can come to the US and do a lot better.

Q: By--according to some--taking away jobs.

A: They work the lowest-paying jobs. And they are taking jobs that other Americans don't necessarily want. They're hardworking people who are taking jobs that others don't want. That's the reality.

Q: Would you open the borders and make it easier to immigrate legally?

A: My vision of the border with Mexico is that a truck from the United States going into Mexico and a truck coming from Mexico into the United States will pass each other at the border going 60 miles an hour. Yes, we should have open borders.

Q: Many Americans fear the flood of immigrants that would follow.

A: They would become taxpayers. They're just pursuing dreams---the same dreams we all have. They work hard. What's wrong with that?

Source: David Sheff interview in Playboy Magazine , Jan 1, 2001

Mexican immigrants are pursuing same dreams we all have

Q: In California, there was a backlash against illegal immigrants. Voters passed a proposition that would deny them medical & other services.

A: It wouldn't be a problem if they were legal, so the process to make them legal should be easier.

Q: Many Americans fear the flood of immigrants that would follow.

A: They would come over and take jobs that we don't want. They would become taxpayers. They're just pursuing dreams---the same dreams we all have. They work hard. What's wrong with that?

Source: Interview with David Sheff in Playboy Magazine , Jan 1, 2001

Share costs of legal immigration between states & federal.

Johnson adopted the National Governors Association policy:


Source: NGA policy HR-2: Immigration and Refugee Policy 01-NGA3 on Feb 15, 2001

Federal government should deal with criminal repatriation.

Johnson adopted the National Governors Association policy:



Finally, the Governors are concerned about the large number of deported felons that are returning to the United States. A significant number of the criminal alien felons housed in state prisons and local jails are previously convicted felons who reentered the United States after they were deported. The Governors urge the federal government to provide sufficient funds for proven positive identification systems, like the Automated Fingerprinting Identification System (AFIS), to allow for the expanded use of these systems in the rest of the nation.
Source: NGA policy HR-2: Immigration and Refugee Policy 01-NGA4 on Feb 15, 2001

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