State of Alaska Archives: on Immigration


Dan Sullivan: No way should Obama give "executive amnesty" to illegals

Dan Sullivan says Begich cast a "deciding vote" that proves Begich does support amnesty for illegal immigrants.

Last week, the Senate briefly squabbled over immigration legislation, blocking a Republican proposal from coming to a vote. Now, Republicans are using that as ammunition. In an email to supporters, Sullivan said: "Begich cast the deciding vote in favor of President Obama's authority to issue executive amnesty to illegal aliens." Based on our research, that's not what happened.

Our ruling: Begich never voted on executive amnesty. In reality, Begich voted "no" on a procedural measure so that an amendment regarding immigration policy did not come up for a vote. It's debatable whether this amendment really addressed "executive amnesty." We rate this claim False.

[Bottom line]: Begich and Sullivan were asked if they would support the president taking executive action on giving amnesty to illegal immigrants: "No. Congress needs to be a part of it," Begich said. Sullivan said, "No way."

Source: PolitiFact FactCheck on 2014 Alaska Senate debate Sep 25, 2014

Mark Begich: Only Congress can grant amnesty, not President

Dan Sullivan says Begich cast a "deciding vote" that proves Begich does support amnesty for illegal immigrants.

Last week, the Senate briefly squabbled over immigration legislation, blocking a Republican proposal from coming to a vote. Now, Republicans are using that as ammunition. In an email to supporters, Sullivan said: "Begich cast the deciding vote in favor of President Obama's authority to issue executive amnesty to illegal aliens." Based on our research, that's not what happened.

Our ruling: Begich never voted on executive amnesty. In reality, Begich voted "no" on a procedural measure so that an amendment regarding immigration policy did not come up for a vote. It's debatable whether this amendment really addressed "executive amnesty." We rate this claim False.

[Bottom line]: Begich and Sullivan were asked if they would support the president taking executive action on giving amnesty to illegal immigrants: "No. Congress needs to be a part of it," Begich said. Sullivan said, "No way."

Source: PolitiFact FactCheck on 2014 Alaska Senate debate Sep 25, 2014

Dan Sullivan: Reunite kids immigrating to the US with families, back home

On immigration, all three candidates opposed "amnesty" for illegal immigrants. Sullivan endorsed efforts to reunite children migrating to the U.S. with families, "back home." He added, "We are a nation of immigrants, but also a nation of law."

Treadwell said his priority would be to make U.S. borders secure. He supports humanitarian and private volunteer efforts to help immigrants but not the creation of more federal programs. "That doesn't make a lot of sense to me," he said.

Miller said illegal immigration is something that could rip the nation's fabric apart. "People are coming here illegally and if they become citizens they will vote," he said, adding his concern that most illegal immigrants wind up favoring Democrats. "I believe lawful immigration is great, though," Miller said.

Source: Peninsula Clarion on 2014 Alaska GOP Senate debates Aug 16, 2014

Dan Sullivan: Secure the border, but no pledge against amnesty

Both Dan Sullivan and Mead Treadwell refused to sign a pledge offered by Joe Miller to oppose all efforts at "amnesty" for people here illegally if elected to the US Senate, with Treadwell chastising Miller for sending out a mailer on immigration featuring menacing Hispanic gang members.

Miller, in turn, noted that several of Sullivan's backers, like GOP strategist Karl Rove, favor allowing many of the 11 million immigrants in the country to eventually become citizens. "It's because it's the truth," Miller said when challenged about the pictures on the flier. "This is real-world stuff."

On immigration, all three candidates bashed the Obama administration for failing to secure the border. Treadwell said he supported letting some people here illegally stay once they pay a fine and wait for permits behind those who immigrated legally. Sullivan called for more border security.

Source: Associated Press on 2014 Alaska Senate race Aug 11, 2014

Joe Miller: Sign pledge to oppose all efforts at amnesty

Thousands of miles from the U.S-Mexico border, three Republicans vying for their party's nomination for U.S. Senate in Alaska clashed on immigration Sunday night in a televised debate. Both Dan Sullivan and Mead Treadwell refused to sign a pledge offered by Joe Miller to oppose all efforts at "amnesty" for people here illegally if elected to the US Senate, with Treadwell chastising Miller for sending out a mailer on immigration featuring menacing Hispanic gang members.

Miller, in turn, noted that several of Sullivan's backers, like GOP strategist Karl Rove, favor allowing many of the 11 million immigrants in the country to eventually become citizens. "It's because it's the truth," Miller said when challenged about the pictures on the flier. "This is real-world stuff."

On immigration, all three candidates bashed the Obama administration for failing to secure the border.

Source: Associated Press on 2014 Alaska Senate race Aug 11, 2014

Mead Treadwell: Secure the border, then illegals can stay if they pay fines

Both Dan Sullivan and Mead Treadwell refused to sign a pledge offered by Joe Miller to oppose all efforts at "amnesty" for people here illegally if elected to the US Senate, with Treadwell chastising Miller for sending out a mailer on immigration featuring menacing Hispanic gang members.

Miller, in turn, noted that several of Sullivan's backers, like GOP strategist Karl Rove, favor allowing many of the 11 million immigrants in the country to eventually become citizens. "It's because it's the truth," Miller said when challenged about the pictures on the flier. "This is real-world stuff."

On immigration, all three candidates bashed the Obama administration for failing to secure the border. Treadwell said he supported letting some people here illegally stay once they pay a fine and wait for permits behind those who immigrated legally. Sullivan called for more border security.

Source: Associated Press on 2014 Alaska Senate race Aug 11, 2014

Joe Miller: Protect the borders; prevent illegal entry

Question topic: Government should enforce laws designed to protect the border and to prevent illegal entry of persons into the country.

Miller: Strongly Agree

Source: Faith2Action iVoterGuide on 2014 Alaska Senate race Jul 2, 2014

Sarah Palin: Address jointly with Canada the border security challenges

Alaska Governor Sarah Palin will welcome more than 30 Canadian officials to Juneau and Anchorage for meetings January 18-19, 2007. “Alaska’s new administration needs to start early and energetically with expanding our strong, cooperative relationship wit Canada,” said Governor Palin. “We have many common issues. Our meetings this week will promote continued trade. We’ll also have the opportunity to address jointly the border security challenges placed on us by the U.S. and Canadian national governments.”

Alaska’s exports to Canada are headed for record highs, based on the federal export numbers for the partial year January through November 2006. Alaska’s exports to Canada for that period more than doubled to $441 million compared to the same period in 2005, spurred by $320 million in lead and zinc ore exports.

Source: Alaska Governor’s Office: Press release 07-011, “Borders” Jan 18, 2007

Sarah Palin: Tightened restrictions on illegal alien’s drivers licenses

There has been an ongoing fight in Alaska over drivers’ licenses for illegals. A bill banning drivers’ licenses for illegals passed the Alaska state senate in 2003 [before Palin was elected governor]: “JUNEAU (AP)--The state Senate approved a bill that tightens the standards for getting a driver’s license by requiring applicants prove they are in the country legally and by placing time limits on licenses for legal aliens.”

The measure did not pass into law. In any event, Palin’s DMV subsequently tightened the administrative regulations on drivers’ licenses, thereby giving rise to a lawsuit by some folks who found the new restrictions inconvenient.

The new restrictions were not, however, enough for at least some members of the legislature, who tried again recently to enact a ban into the statutory law: “Despite two unsuccessful pushes, [a new bill] addresses the rights of illegal immigrants in Alaska: to require applicants to show proof of residency before they can get a driver’s license.”

Source: Alaska Governor's Office: coverage by lafrontera.mojo4m.com Sep 5, 2006

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