2007 Republican Presidential Forum at Morgan State University, with Tavis Smiley: on Immigration


Alan Keyes: Control border first, or no other laws mater

Q: Is it even practical to try to send 12 million illegal immigrants all home?

A: : Well, I think, especially in this context, itís important to remember a number of things. The border is a matter of security, first of all. And we have to make sure that we control it, or no laws we pass have any significance. People will still cross on their own terms. So the very first priority has to be to get back control.

Source: 2007 GOP Presidential Forum at Morgan State University Sep 27, 2007

Alan Keyes: Blacks are hurt first by cheap immigrant labor

Do you know whoís first hurt by that cheapened price of labor [due to illegal immigration]? Black folks are first hurt, as theyíve been hurt in the rebuilding of New Orleans. Itís time we stopped fooling around with this issue. I think people are more worried about what we do with illegal immigrants than theyíve ever been about the impact of illegal immigration on Black Americans who have been in this country all along. Iím sick of seeing it.
Source: 2007 GOP Presidential Forum at Morgan State University Sep 27, 2007

Duncan Hunter: Folks here illegally have to leave, to protect our jobs

Q: Is it even practical to try to send 12 million illegal immigrants all home?

A: Folks that are here illegally have to leave and let me tell you why. Today, if youíre a dry wall contractor and you play by the rules & pay $27/hour, you will be constantly under-cut by contractors who use people who are here illegally. Thatís not fair to Americans who play by the rules. Thatís one reason you have, in certain areas, especially in the construction trades now, higher levels of unemployment.

Source: 2007 GOP Presidential Forum at Morgan State University Sep 27, 2007

Mike Huckabee: Focus on demand: penalize employers of illegal immigrants

I donít believe the average American resents that people want to come here. We ought to thank God that we still live in a country that people are trying to break into, not one theyíre trying to break out of. But youíve got to have a secure border because otherwise our borders are not only open to illegal immigrants, but to somebody bringing a suitcase with a dirty bomb.

But, more importantly, if weíre going to deal with the supply, you touch it at the point of the demand. And until something is done to touch the people who are employing illegal immigrants, to create what amounts to another version of slave labor, then weíre never going to stop the flow.

Youíre not going to get illegals to admit that theyíre here illegally, because theyíre desperate. What we have to do is to start putting the penalty on the people who are most benefiting from them, the employers who are using those laborers in order to keep from having to pay decent wages.

Source: 2007 GOP Presidential Forum at Morgan State University Sep 27, 2007

Ron Paul: No amnesty, but impractical to round up 12 million illegals

Q: Is it even practical to try to send 12 million illegal immigrants all home?

A: I would not sign a bill like [comprehensive immigration reform], because it would be amnesty. I also think that itís pretty impractical to get an army in this country to round up 12 or maybe 20 million. But I do believe that we have to stick to our guns on obeying the law, and anybody who comes in here illegally shouldnít be rewarded. And that would be the case.

Source: 2007 GOP Presidential Forum at Morgan State University Sep 27, 2007

Ron Paul: Immigration problem is consequence of welfare state

I see the immigration problem as a consequence of our welfare state. We encourage people not to work here, but the welfare we offer the people who come--they get free medical care. They get free education. They bankrupt our hospitals. Our hospitals are closing. And it shouldnít be rewarded. That means you donít give them citizenship. You canít solve this problem until you get rid of the welfare state, because in a healthy economy, immigrants wouldnít be a threat to us.
Source: 2007 GOP Presidential Forum at Morgan State University Sep 27, 2007

Sam Brownback: Push enforcement at the worksite

The American people are for legal immigration. They donít support illegal immigration. They want to see us secure the border They want to see us have enforcement at the worksite. Thatís the key attraction. Those are things I will push for. I will not support new paths to citizenship. I do think in the future we should look at different work-visa-type programs as a way to be able to deal with the problem that youíre identifying, which is the realistic problem of where we are today.
Source: 2007 GOP Presidential Forum at Morgan State University Sep 27, 2007

Tom Tancredo: Enforcing the law is not rounding people up

I know thatís a scary topic sometimes and a controversial attitude to take--but enforcing the law, especially against hiring people who are here illegally, you will see people returning home, voluntarily. Itís happening today in states all over this nation. Thatís exactly the key to this. You do not have to round people up. You simply have to enforce the law.
Source: 2007 GOP Presidential Forum at Morgan State University Sep 27, 2007

  • The above quotations are from "All-American Presidential Forum" at historically black Morgan State University in Baltimore, sponsored by PBS and moderated by Tom Joyner and Tavis Smiley, Sept. 27, 2007.
  • Click here for definitions & background information on Immigration.
  • Click here for other issues (main summary page).
  • Click here for more quotes by Alan Keyes on Immigration.
Candidates and political leaders on Immigration:
Incoming Obama Administration:
Pres.:Sen.Barack Obama
V.P.:Sen.Joe Biden
State:Hillary Clinton
Staff:Rahm Emanuel
Treas.:Tim Geithner
DoD:Robert Gates
A.G.:Eric Holder
DHS:Janet Napolitano
DoC:Bill Richardson
Outgoing Bush Administration:
Pres.:George Bush
V.P.:Dick Cheney
A.G.:John Ashcroft(2005)
DEA:Asa Hutchinson(2005)
USDA:Mike Johanns(2007)
EPA:Mike Leavitt
HUD:Mel Martinez(2003)
State:Colin Powell(2005)
State:Condoleezza Rice
HHS:Tommy Thompson(2005)
2008 Presidential contenders:
AIP: Frank McEnulty
Constitution: Chuck Baldwin
GOP: Sen.John McCain
GOP VP: Gov.Sarah Palin
Green: Rep.Cynthia McKinney
Independent: Ralph Nader
Liberation: Gloria La Riva
Libertarian: Rep.Bob Barr
NAIP: Amb.Alan Keyes
Socialist: Brian Moore
Please consider a donation to OnTheIssues.org!
Click for details -- or send donations to:
1770 Mass Ave. #630, Cambridge MA 02140
E-mail: submit@OnTheIssues.org
(We rely on your support!)