Fox Business 2015 GOP primary debate: on Immigration


Donald Trump: Ship millions back to Mexico, like Eisenhower did

Q: Can we just send 5 million people back with no effect on economy?

TRUMP: You are going to have to send people out. Look, we either have a country or we don't have a country. We are a country of laws. [Those who entered illegally are] going to have to go out and hopefully they get back. But we have no choice if we're going to run our country properly & if we're going to be a country.

KASICH: If people think that we are going to ship 11 million people who are law-abiding, who are in this country, & somehow pick them up at their house & ship them out to Mexico, think about the families. Think about the children. It's a silly argument. It is not an adult argument. It makes no sense.

TRUMP: Dwight Eisenhower, a great president, moved 1.5 million illegal immigrants out of this country, moved them just beyond the border. They came back. Moved them again beyond the border, they came back. Didn't like it. Moved them way south. They never came back. They moved 1.5 million out. We have no choice.

Source: Fox Business/WSJ First Tier debate Nov 10, 2015

Donald Trump: Walls on borders work; just ask Israel

We are a country of laws. We need borders. We will have a wall [on the Mexican border]. The wall will be built. The wall will be successful. And if you think walls don't work, all you have to do is ask Israel. The wall works, believe me. Properly done. Believe me. [OnTheIssues note: Trump refers to the "separation barrier" that Israel built surrounding the Palestinian areas of the West Bank. It has reduced terrorist attacks, but is controversial in the peace process].
Source: Fox Business/WSJ First Tier debate Nov 10, 2015

Donald Trump: We must stop illegal immigration; it hurts us economically

He of the executive order, because nobody wants to listen to him, including the Democrats, so he just goes around signing executive orders. We have to stop illegal immigration. It's hurting us economically. It's hurting us from every standpoint. It's causing tremendous difficulty with respect to drugs and what that does to our inner cities.
Source: Fox Business/WSJ Second Tier debate Nov 10, 2015

Jeb Bush: We need practical plan; not possible to deport 11M illegals

Twelve million illegal immigrants, to send them back is not possible. It would tear communities apart. It would send a signal that we're not the kind of country I know America is. We have to win the presidency. The way you win the presidency is to have practical plans. What we need to do is allow people to earn legal status where they pay a fine, where they work, where they don't commit crimes, where they learn English, and over a period of time, they earn legal status. That's the proper path.
Source: Fox Business/WSJ Second Tier debate Nov 10, 2015

John Kasich: It's a silly argument to ship 11M illegals back to Mexico

DONALD TRUMP: [The 11 million people who entered illegally are] going to have to go out. We have no choice if we're going to be a country.

KASICH: In 1986 Ronald Reagan basically said the people who were here, if they were law-abiding, could stay. But, what didn't happen is we didn't build the walls effectively and we didn't control the border. We need to control our border. But if people think that we are going to ship 11 million people who are law-abiding, who are in this country, and somehow pick them up at their house and ship them out to Mexico, think about the families. Think about the children. So, you know what the answer really is? If they have been law-abiding, they pay a penalty. They get to stay. We protect the wall. Anybody else comes over, they go back. But for the 11 million people, come on, folks. We all know you can't pick them up and ship them across, back across the border. It's a silly argument. It is not an adult argument. It makes no sense.

Source: Fox Business/WSJ First Tier debate Nov 10, 2015

Mike Huckabee: Take care of jobless Americans rather than save Syrians

What we do know is that only one out of five of the so called, "Syrian Refugees" were actually Syrian. If we're going to do something for the Syrians, let's help build an encampment for them, but closer to where they live, rather than bringing them here when they don't know the language. My number one concern right now is taking care of the fact that Americans are taking it in the gut without jobs. Many working two and three part time jobs.
Source: Fox Business/WSJ Second Tier debate Nov 10, 2015

Ted Cruz: Illegals are an economic calamity for low-wage Americans

For those who believe people 'ought to come to this country legally, we're tired of being told it's anti-immigrant. I am the son of an immigrant who came legally from Cuba. We can embrace legal immigration while believing in the rule of law. Try going illegally to another country. Try going to China, or Japan. Try going to Mexico. See what they do. Every sovereign nation secures its borders, and it is not compassionate to say we're not going to enforce the laws.
Source: Fox Business/WSJ Second Tier debate Nov 10, 2015

  • The above quotations are from Fox Business/Wall Street Journal Two-Tier 2015 GOP primary debate
    First Tier: Top Eight by polls
    Second Tier: Four other Republicans
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2016 Presidential contenders on Immigration:
  Republicans:
Gov.Jeb Bush(FL)
Dr.Ben Carson(MD)
Gov.Chris Christie(NJ)
Sen.Ted Cruz(TX)
Carly Fiorina(CA)
Gov.Jim Gilmore(VA)
Sen.Lindsey Graham(SC)
Gov.Mike Huckabee(AR)
Gov.Bobby Jindal(LA)
Gov.John Kasich(OH)
Gov.Sarah Palin(AK)
Gov.George Pataki(NY)
Sen.Rand Paul(KY)
Gov.Rick Perry(TX)
Sen.Rob Portman(OH)
Sen.Marco Rubio(FL)
Sen.Rick Santorum(PA)
Donald Trump(NY)
Gov.Scott Walker(WI)
Democrats:
Gov.Lincoln Chafee(RI)
Secy.Hillary Clinton(NY)
V.P.Joe Biden(DE)
Gov.Martin O`Malley(MD)
Sen.Bernie Sanders(VT)
Sen.Elizabeth Warren(MA)
Sen.Jim Webb(VA)

2016 Third Party Candidates:
Gov.Gary Johnson(L-NM)
Roseanne Barr(PF-HI)
Robert Steele(L-NY)
Dr.Jill Stein(G,MA)
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