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Jim Gilmore on Immigration

Senate challenger 2008; previously Republican Governor (VA)

 


Allowing illegal immigration makes contempt for rule of law

Q: What would be your first executive order?

GILMORE: Well, it's not a matter of what the first executive order would be. The matter is what orders exist now that shouldn't exist? The president has done an executive order with respect to illegal immigration that is illegal. And it creates a contempt for the rule of law. If I were president, I would go and look at every executive order that exists right now and determine which ones want to be voided, because the president shouldn't be legislating

Source: Fox News/Facebook Second Tier debate transcript , Aug 6, 2015

Keep rule barring immigrants from running for president

Q: Should we change our Constitution to allow men like Mel Martinez, born in Cuba, and Arnold Schwarzenegger, born in Austria, to stand here some night as candidates for president?

HUNTER: We havenít seen his endorsement yet. Thatís a no.

GILMORE: No, I want to amend this Constitution in a variety of different ways, and this would be not a good start to do it that way.

McCAIN: He and I have many similar attributes, so I have to seriously consider it.

Source: 2007 GOP primary debate, at Reagan library, hosted by MSNBC , May 3, 2007

No amnesty for illegals; control the border

Q: Do you favor amnesty for illegal immigrants?

A: No. I believe there should not be an automatic path to citizenship. We should control the borders, and then require illegals to come in and register. Then we can have an honest debate on immigration reform.

Source: Live Chat with Jim Gilmore on his campaign blog , Apr 26, 2007

Share costs of legal immigration between states & federal.

Gilmore 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.

Gilmore 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

Import farm workers from Mexico.

Gilmore signed the Southern Governors' Association resolution:

Source: Resolution of Southern Governor's Assn. on 2002 Farm Bill 01-SGA6 on Sep 9, 2001

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