Fox News 2015 GOP primary debate: on Immigration


Bobby Jindal: Immigration without assimilation is an invasion

We need a nominee, a candidate who will endorse our own principles. Jeb Bush says we've got to be willing to lose the primary in order to win the general. Let me translate that for you. That's the establishment telling us to hide our conservative principles to get the left and the media to like us. That never works. If we do that again, we will lose again, we will deserve to lose again.

One principle, for example, we've got to embrace is on immigration. We must insist on assimilation--immigration without assimilation is an invasion. We need to tell folks who want to come here, they need to come here legally. They need to learn English, adopt our values, roll up their sleeves and get to work.

I'm tired of the hyphenated Americans and the division. I've got the backbone, I've got the band width, I've got the experience to get us through this. I'm asking folks not just to join my campaign, but join a cause. It is time to believe in America again.

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

Bobby Jindal: Prosecute and defund sanctuary cities for harboring illegals

Q: Your first executive order would be in the White House would be what?

JINDAL: To repeal these unconstitutional illegal orders, whether it's amnesty or whether it's this president going around the Congress to restore the rule of law. I'd also go after these sanctuary cities, do everything we can to make sure that we are actually prosecuting and cutting off funding for cities that are harboring illegal aliens, and then finally making sure the IRS is not going after conservative or religious group

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

Donald Trump: We need wall on Mexican border, but ok to have a door in it

Q: You say that the Mexican government is sending criminals--rapists, drug dealers--across the border.

TRUMP: If it weren't for me, you wouldn't even be talking about illegal immigration. This was not a subject that was on anybody's mind until I brought it up at my announcement. The fact is, since then, many killings, murders, crime, drugs are pouring across the border, our money going out and the drugs coming in. And I said we need to build a wall, and it has to be built quickly. And I don't mind having a big beautiful door in that wall so that people can come into this country legally. But we need to build a wall, we need to keep illegals out.

Source: Fox News/Facebook Top Ten First Tier debate transcript Aug 6, 2015

Donald Trump: Mexican government is sending criminals across the border

Q: You have repeatedly said that you have evidence that the Mexican government is sending criminals across the border, but you have refused or declined to share it. Could you share your proof?

TRUMP: Border Patrol people that I talk to, they say this is what's happening. Because our leaders are stupid. And the Mexican government is much smarter, much sharper, much more cunning. And they send the bad ones over because they don't want to pay for them. They don't want to take care of them. Why should they when the stupid leaders of the United States will do it for them? And that's what is happening whether you like it or not.

Source: Fox News/Facebook Top Ten First Tier debate transcript Aug 6, 2015

Jeb Bush: Eliminate sanctuary cities, plus more enforcement

Q: You released a new plan this week on illegal immigration focusing on enforcement, which some suggest is your effort to show that you're not soft on that issue. Last year you said, "They broke the law, but it's not a felony, it's an act of love. It's an act of commitment to your family." Do you stand by that?

BUSH: I do. I believe that the great majority of people coming here illegally have no other option. They want to provide for their family. But we need to control our border. I did come up with a comprehensive strategy that really mirrored what we said in the book, which is that we need to deal with E-Verify, we need to deal with people that come with a legal visa and overstay. We need to be much more strategic on how we deal with border enforcement, border security. We need to eliminate the sanctuary cities in this country. It is ridiculous and tragic that people are dying because of the fact that local governments are not following the federal law. There's much to do.

Source: Fox News/Facebook Top Ten First Tier debate transcript Aug 6, 2015

Jeb Bush: Earned legal status, not amnesty

I think rather than talking about this as a wedge issue, which Barack Obama has done now for six long years, the next president--and I hope to be that president--will fix this once and for all so that we can turn this into a driver for high sustained economic growth. And there should be a path to earned legal status for those that are here. Not amnesty, earned legal status, which means you pay a fine and do many things over an extended period of time.
Source: Fox News/Facebook Top Ten First Tier debate transcript Aug 6, 2015

Jim Gilmore: 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

Marco Rubio: Legal immigrants have been waiting in line for 15 years

I believe we need a fence. The problem is if El Chapo builds a tunnel under the fence, we have to be able to deal with that too. And that's why you need an E-verify system and you need an entry-exit tracking system and all sorts of other things to prevent illegal immigration.

But I agree that people are frustrated. This is the most generous country in the world when it comes to immigration, but people feel like we're being taken advantage of. We feel like despite our generosity, we're being taken advantage of.

And let me tell you who never gets talked about in these debates. The people that call my office, who have been waiting for 15 years to come to the United States. And they've paid their fees, and they hired a lawyer, and they can't get in. And they're wondering, maybe they should come illegally. It's a serious problem that needs to be addressed, and otherwise we're going to keep talking about this for the next 30 years, like we have for the last 30 years.

Source: Fox News/Facebook Top Ten First Tier debate transcript Aug 6, 2015

Rick Perry: We sent Texas rangers & National Guard to southern border

Nobody, nobody on either one of these stages has done more than I've done and the people of the State of Texas to deal with securing that [southern] border. We sent our Texas ranger recon teams. We sent our parks and wildlife wardens. I deployed the National Guard after I stood on the ramp in Dallas, Texas and looked the president of the United States in the eye and said, "Mr. President, if you won't secure the border, Texas will," and that's exactly what we did.
Source: Fox News/Facebook Second Tier debate transcript Aug 6, 2015

Rick Perry: Aviation assets 24/7 all the way from Tijuana to Texas

Q: What would you say to a child, born and raised in America, who could see their family broken apart by your tough immigration policy?

PERRY: For 30 years this country has been baited with this debate, and the border is still not secure. The American people are never going to trust Washington, D.C., and for good reason. There's not anybody on either one of these stages that has the experience of dealing with this as I have for over 14 years. We have to put the personnel on that border in the right places; you have to put the strategic fencing in place; and you have to have aviation assets that fly all the way from Tijuana to Texas--1,933 miles looking down 24/7, with the technology to be able to identify what individuals are doing, and ID when they are in obviously illegal activities, and quick-response teams come. Then Americans will believe that Washington is up to a conversation to deal with the millions of people that are here illegally, but not until.

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

Rick Santorum: America is worth the wait, even if families are split up

Q: What would you say to a child, born and raised in America, who could see their family broken apart by your tough immigration policy?

SANTORUM: My father was born in Italy, and shortly after he was born my grandfather immigrated to this country. And under the laws of this country, he wasn't allowed to be with his father for 7 years. Spent the first 7 years of his life in Fascist Italy, under Benito Mussolini. Not a very pleasant place to be. I asked my dad, "Didn't you resent America for not letting you be with your father in those formative and very threatening years?" You know what he said to me? "America was worth the wait." We're a country of laws, not of people who do whatever they want to do. The reason America is a great country is because our compassion is in our laws. And when we live by those laws and we treat everybody equally under the law, that's when people feel good about being Americans.

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

Rick Santorum: Reduce the level of legal immigration by 25%

I put forth an immigration policy that is strongly in favor of the folks who are struggling in America. It's the strongest pro-worker immigration plan. It says that after 35 million people have come here over the last 20 years, almost all of whom are unskilled workers, flattening wages, creating horrible lack of opportunities for unskilled workers, we're going to do something about reducing the level of immigration by 25%. We're going to try to create a better life for hard-working Americans.
Source: Fox News/Facebook Second Tier debate transcript Aug 6, 2015

Scott Walker: I changed my view to anti-immigration because I listened

Q: From 2002 until as recently as 2013, just two years ago, you supported comprehensive immigration reform, including a path to citizenship. Now you say that you've changed your mind. Why?

WALKER: I acknowledged that. I said I actually listened to the American people. And I think people across America want a leader who's actually going to listen to them. I talked to border state governors and other elected officials. I look at how this president messed up the immigration system in this country. Most importantly, I listened to the people of America. I believe we need to secure the border. I've been to the border with Governor Abbott in Texas and others, seeing the problems that they have there. There is international criminal organizations penetrating our southern based borders, and we need to do something about it. Secure the border, enforce the law, no amnesty, and go forward with the legal immigration system that gives priority to American working families and wages.

Source: Fox News/Facebook Top Ten First Tier debate transcript Aug 6, 2015

Ted Cruz: Support Kate's Law: oppose our leaders who won't enforce

Q: About the murder of Kate Steinle, allegedly shot down by an illegal immigrant--will you support Kate Steinle's Law, which would impose a mandatory five-year prison term for an illegal who is deported and then returns to this country?

CRUZ: Absolutely yes. And not only will I support it I have authored Kate's law in the United States Senate and filed that legislation. I tried to get the Senate to vote to pass Kate's law on the floor of the Senate just one week ago, and the leader of our own party blocked a vote on Kate's law. You know, there was reference made [by Donald Trump] about our leaders being stupid. It's not a question of stupidity. It's that they don't want to enforce the immigration laws. That there are far too many in the Washington cartel that support amnesty. There's 7 billion people across the face of the globe, many of whom want to come to this country. If they come legally, great. But if they come illegally & get amnesty, that would fundamentally change this country.

Source: Fox News/Facebook Top Ten First Tier debate transcript Aug 6, 2015

  • The above quotations are from Fox News/Facebook Two-Tier 2015 GOP primary debate
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    Second Tier: Seven other Republicans
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2016 Presidential contenders on Immigration:
  Republicans:
Amb.John Bolton(MD)
Gov.Jeb Bush(FL)
Dr.Ben Carson(MD)
Gov.Chris Christie(NJ)
Sen.Ted Cruz(TX)
Carly Fiorina(CA)
Sen.Lindsey Graham(SC)
Gov.Mike Huckabee(AR)
Gov.Jon Huntsman(UT)
Gov.Bobby Jindal(LA)
Gov.John Kasich(OH)
Rep.Peter King(NY)
Gov.Sarah Palin(AK)
Sen.Rand Paul(KY)
Gov.Rick Perry(TX)
Sen.Rob Portman(OH)
Secy.Condi Rice(CA)
Sen.Marco Rubio(FL)
Rep.Paul Ryan(WI)
Sen.Rick Santorum(PA)
Gov.Scott Walker(WI)
Democrats:
Gov.Lincoln Chafee(RI)
Secy.Hillary Clinton(NY)
V.P.Joe Biden(DE)
Gov.Andrew Cuomo(NY)
Mayor Rahm Emanuel(IL)
Gov.Martin O`Malley(MD)
Sen.Bernie Sanders(VT)
Gov.Brian Schweitzer(MT)
Dr.Jill Stein(MA)
Sen.Elizabeth Warren(MA)
Sen.Jim Webb(VA)

2016 Third Party Candidates:
Mayor Michael Bloomberg(I-NYC)
Gov.Gary Johnson(L-NM)
Donald Trump(NY)
Gov.Jesse Ventura(I-MN)
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