State of Colorado Archives: on Immigration


Amy Stephens: Opposes misguided programs that promote illegal immigration

Source: 2012 State House campaign website,StephensForColorado.com Aug 18, 2012

Ken Buck: More Border Patrol; finish the fence

The immigration system in our country is broken. First, we have to secure the border to stop the flow of illegal immigration. It is essential to our security that we curb the number undocumented immigrants coming into our country. Second, we need to establish a program that will help make legal immigration a feasible option. This will allow legal immigrants to fill jobs that American labor cannot fill. Finally, we need to stand firm and say `no' to amnesty. Buck charged. "We don't need to send signals that if (illegal immigrants) can get here and stay in the shadows, we will excuse them in time."

Bennet replied, "You can call it amnesty if you want. I'm willing to call it (President) George Bush's policy in Texas as well as that of the Wall Street Journal for the past 10 years."

Source: Pueblo Chieftan coverage of 2010 Colorado Senate Debate Oct 8, 2010

Michael Bennet: More National Guard troops on border; then amnesty

Noting the murder of a U.S. citizen on a Texas border lake last week, Bennet said he supported more National Guard troops on the border as well as comprehensive immigration reform.

Buck countered that when he hears Bennet talk about immigration reform, he hears the word "amnesty," which got cheers from his supporters.

"You voted against more Border Patrol agents and finishing the fence on the border," Buck charged. "We don't need to send signals that if (illegal immigrants) can get here and stay in the shadows, we will excuse them in time."

Bennet replied, "You can call it amnesty if you want. I'm willing to call it (President) George Bush's policy in Texas as well as that of the Wall Street Journal for the past 10 years."

Source: Pueblo Chieftan coverage of 2010 Colorado Senate Debate Oct 8, 2010

Ken Buck: People with two misdemeanors disqualified for citizenship

One of the questions concerned the "Dream Act" which would grant citizenship to illegal aliens, in return for meeting certain requirements such as promising to serve two years in the military or completing two years of college with the intent to obtain a degree.

When asked for positions on the Dream Act, Sen. Bennet, who co-sponsored the bill, enthusiastically voiced his support while Buck stated he is opposed to the bill. Buck said we should not give people that have come to this country illegally the benefit of the Dream Act. Buck went on to criticize a portion of the bill that would allow an individual with two misdemeanors to still qualify for citizenship. "I consider two misdemeanor sex assaults, or two DUI's or other crimes to be serious, especially if they're committed by the time they are 18 or 19 years old." Buck said he does agree that he wants to give people the opportunity to become citizens, but that citizenship has to be earned.

Source: Greeley Gazette coverage of 2010 Colorado Senate debate Sep 29, 2010

Michael Bennet: Sponsor and enthusiastic support of the DREAM Act

One of the questions concerned the "Dream Act" which would grant citizenship to illegal aliens, in return for meeting certain requirements such as promising to serve two years in the military or completing two years of college with the intent to obtain a degree.

When asked for positions on the Dream Act, Sen. Bennet, who co-sponsored the bill, enthusiastically voiced his support while Buck stated he is opposed to the bill. Buck said we should not give people that have come to this country illegally the benefit of the Dream Act. Buck went on to criticize a portion of the bill that would allow an individual with two misdemeanors to still qualify for citizenship. "I consider two misdemeanor sex assaults, or two DUI's or other crimes to be serious, especially if they're committed by the time they are 18 or 19 years old." Buck said he does agree that he wants to give people the opportunity to become citizens, but that citizenship has to be earned.

Source: Greeley Gazette coverage of 2010 Colorado Senate debate Sep 29, 2010

Ken Buck: Secure the border and say no to amnesty

The immigration system in our country is broken. First, we have to secure the border to stop the flow of illegal immigration. It is essential to our security that we curb the number undocumented immigrants coming into our country. Second, we need to establish a program that will help make legal immigration a feasible option. This will allow legal immigrants to fill jobs that American labor cannot fill. Finally, we need to stand firm and say `no' to amnesty.
Source: 2010 Senate campaign website, buckforcolorado.com, "Issues" Aug 10, 2010

Jane Norton: Secure our borders; no amnesty

Source: 2010 Senate campaign website, janenortonforcolorado.com Dec 25, 2009

Michael Bennet: Our borders not secure; create a path to citizenship

Our current immigration system is broken. Our borders are not secure, legal immigration channels do not serve America's economic needs and instead of bringing families together, too often the system separates them. Despite these serious problems, the debate over immigration policy is often reduced to emotion and kneejerk rhetoric.

Our economy and national security depend on stopping the political gamesmanship and creating a system that works. It is time for practical, comprehensive reform that fixes our immigration system as a whole--enhancing border security and creating sound policy solutions for undocumented immigration. I believe a comprehensive approach must include:

Source: 2010 Senate campaign website, bennetforcolorado.com "Issues" Jul 2, 2009

Bob Schaffer: Opposes sanctuary cities; help local police enforce law

Schaffer said he opposes so-called sanctuary cities, and said the federal government should do more to help local law enforcement. “We need to provide incentives to encourage local sheriffs and local police departments to actually enforce immigration laws and when they incur expenses associated with incarcerating those who violated the law, or need to be deported, states out to be reimbursed and compensated,” he said.

Udall said the federal government “has been missing in action.” He suggested a number of reforms including tamper proof IDs, new technology for monitoring the border and a program that would allow for immigrants already in the country to “come out of the shadows,” register themselves, pay a fine, go through a background check to prove they can speak English and are employed, then “go to the back of the line” to gain citizenship.

Source: 2008 Colorado Senate Debate reported on ABC7-Denver Channel Oct 17, 2008

Mark Udall: Program for illegal immigrants to come out of the shadows

Udall said the federal government “has been missing in action” on immigration. He suggested a number of reforms including tamper proof IDs, new technology for monitoring the border and a program that would allow for immigrants already in the country to “come out of the shadows,” register themselves, pay a fine, go through a background check to prove they can speak English and are employed, then “go to the back of the line” to gain citizenship.

Schaffer said he opposes so-called sanctuary cities, and said the federal government should do more to help local law enforcement. “We need to provide incentives to encourage local sheriffs and local police departments to actually enforce immigration laws and when they incur expenses associated with incarcerating those who violated the law, or need to be deported, states out to be reimbursed and compensated,” he said.

Source: 2008 Colorado Senate Debate reported on ABC7-Denver Channel Oct 17, 2008

Ken Salazar: Give benefits to children of longtime illegal immigrants

Each man called for a guest worker program as one way to deal with the problem of illegal immigration. Coors, however, said that he opposes giving in-state tuition to children of longtime illegal immigrants, something Salazar supports.
Source: [Xref Coors] Colorado Senate Debate in Rocky Mountain News Oct 30, 2004

Pete Coors: Give no benefits to children of longtime illegal immigrants

Each man called for a guest worker program as one way to deal with the problem of illegal immigration. Coors, however, said that he opposes giving in-state tuition to children of longtime illegal immigrants, something Salazar supports.
Source: Colorado Senate Debate in Rocky Mountain News Oct 30, 2004

Ken Salazar: Opportunity for undocumented workers to gain legal status

Current immigration law is not working. I support stronger border enforcement and efforts that would crack down on illegal human trafficking. A bipartisan effort in the Senate, which I believe provides a good platform for this important discussion, would strengthen national security, fix the current visa system, improve economic stability, and provide an opportunity for some presently undocumented workers to gain legal status.
Source: 2004 Senate campaign website, SalazarForColorado.com Aug 11, 2004

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