State of Delaware Archives: on Immigration


Alex Pires: Don't split up members of immigrant workers' families

Asked for his opinion on undocumented workers, Pires said he employs many Hispanic workers in his eight companies in Sussex County, and that while border-control should be reformed, he said he would never support legislation that split up members of immigrant workers' families.

Carper said he has worked to establish legislation that secures U.S. borders, and that children who have migrated here with their families should not be forced to leave.

Source: Newark Post on 2012 Delaware Senate debate Oct 19, 2012

Kevin Wade: It's not hard to come here legally; follow the right away

Asked for his opinion on undocumented workers, Carper said he has worked to establish legislation that secures U.S. borders. Wade disagreed that America's borders are secure, and said that while immigration "feeds the American spirit," it should be done properly. "There are many right ways to do it, and there's a handful of wrong ways to do it. It's not hard to come here legally; it's not hard to become a citizen. Let's just follow the path that others have taken that have built this nation."
Source: Newark Post on 2012 Delaware Senate debate Oct 19, 2012

Tom Carper: If immigrants stay out of trouble, they can stay

Asked for his opinion on undocumented workers, Carper said he has worked to establish legislation that secures U.S. borders, and that children who have migrated here with their families should not be forced to leave. "If they've stayed out of trouble, if they're doing well in school, they can stay," he said. "They can't become citizens, but they can stay."
Source: Newark Post on 2012 Delaware Senate debate Oct 19, 2012

Chris Coons: No pathway to citizenship; but pathway to legal residency

Q: A pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants, you support that, right?

COONS: No. I support a pathway to being here legally. We've got roughly 12 million illegal immigrants in the US today. This is a huge problem. And immigration is a federal responsibility. But we need to recognize the situation we're in. There are whole industries that rely on the labor of those who are here illegally. My path forward on immigration would be, strengthen the borders. Second, hold employers accountable, particularly those who routinely employ folks who are here illegally, by giving them Real ID that can work. And then allow those who are here illegally and do not commit further crimes to come out of the shadows if they will pay taxes, learn English, pay a fine, and go to the back of the line. I would give them a path towards legal residence. I think there's more they'd have to do to ever earn citizenship.

O'DONNELL: Again, he's back tracking on things that he had said earlier on the campaign trail.

Source: CNN's Wolf Blitzer moderating 2010 Delaware Senate debate Oct 13, 2010

Christine O`Donnell: Put virtual fence on border; don't reward those who cheat

Q: [to Coons]: A pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants, you support that, right?

COONS: No. I support a pathway to being here legally. My path forward would be: strengthen the borders; hold employers accountable; then allow a path towards legal residence.

O'DONNELL: He's back tracking on things that he had said earlier on the campaign trail. This administration recently stopped the efforts to put a virtual fence on our border. When Barack Obama is standing with you on a campaign trail this Friday, are you going to tell him that you disagree with him on his immigration reform efforts? I believe that securing our borders should be our first priority. America is a magnet for those all over the world, and therefore, I support a legal pathway to those who are coming over here, especially for political asylum, to seek a better life than they do in our country. And to reward those who break our laws is to cheat those who honor them.

Source: CNN's Wolf Blitzer moderating 2010 Delaware Senate debate Oct 13, 2010

Christine O`Donnell: Ease pathway to citizenship for legal immigrants

Q: You say that you agreed to the pathway to citizenship?

O'DONNELL: For legal [immigrants].

Q: But you don't want to provide amnesty.

O'DONNELL: I don't want to provide amnesty.

Q: How can you do one without the other?

O'DONNELL: Because what I'm saying is we have to get rid of all the bureaucratic messes that make the legal pathway difficult. But when someone willingly breaks our laws, that sends a message: "Don't worry about the laws that we've set up; don't worry about those who are on lon waiting lists for political asylum; break our laws and we'll grant you these benefits." It's sending the wrong message. It's economically hurting us. And it's also a national security issue.

COONS: Ms. O'Donnell patently mischaracterizes her own position.

O'DONNELL: I do support responsible guest worker programs. And that's the difference.

COONS: If you can reconcile all those comments, you're an even more talented reporter than I think you are.

Source: CNN's Wolf Blitzer moderating 2010 Delaware Senate debate Oct 13, 2010

Chris Coons: Supports comprehensive federal immigration reform

Chris strongly believes in the need for comprehensive federal immigration reform.
Source: Delaware Congressional Election 2010 Political Courage Test Sep 25, 2010

Jan Ting: Comprehensive immigration reform is a defeatist solution

TING: The immigration system is completely broken down. Every night of the year thousands of people cross our borders. Laws that are not enforced are not really laws. A nation that canít defend its own borders is not really a nation. The solution that Sen. Carper has proposed, which he calls comprehensive immigration reform, amounts to an amnesty with Social Security credit for illegal aliens, and permission for them to bring their families into the US, immediately, without numerical limits, from anywhere in the world. I think thatís a defeatist solution and frankly I donít think thatís a solution at all. One amnesty will simply lead to another. If we want open borders, then we ought to support Sen. Carperís plan. If we want to maintain control of our borders, and defend the most generous legal immigration system in the world, then vote for Jan Ting.

CARPER: Itís unlawful for illegal aliens to receive Social Security. They canít do it under the law [nor the comprehensive immigration reform].

Source: Delaware 2006 Senate Debate, hosted by WHYY-TV Oct 20, 2006

Tom Carper: No one proposes that illegal aliens receive Social Security

TING: The immigration system is completely broken down. Every night of the year thousands of people cross our borders. Laws that are not enforced are not really laws. A nation that canít defend its own borders is not really a nation. The solution that Sen. Carper has proposed, which he calls comprehensive immigration reform, amounts to an amnesty with Social Security credit for illegal aliens, and permission for them to bring their families into the US, immediately, without numerical limits, from anywhere in the world. I think thatís a defeatist solution and frankly I donít think thatís a solution at all. One amnesty will simply lead to another. If we want open borders, then we ought to support Sen. Carperís plan. If we want to maintain control of our borders, and defend the most generous legal immigration system in the world, then vote for Jan Ting.

CARPER: Itís unlawful for illegal aliens to receive Social Security. They canít do it under the law [nor the comprehensive immigration reform].

Source: Delaware 2006 Senate Debate, hosted by WHYY-TV (X-ref Ting) Oct 20, 2006

Jan Ting: San Diego fence works--extend it to entire Mexican border

The son of Chinese immigrants, Ting has made toughening immigration controls his key theme. Ting opposes a bill approved in May by Carper and the Senate by a 63-36 vote that would allow illegal immigrants who have been here at least five years to become citizens after paying fines, fees and taxes, and learning English. Those here two to five years would return to their native county and apply to return, but those here less than two years would have to leave. Nor does Ting think beefing up current border security would stem the tide of illegal immigrants, now estimated at 12 million. ďThatís not going to work unless weíre going to lay hands across America 24/7.Ē What America needs, Ting believes, is a fence along much-if not all-of the Mexican border. He notes that a 14-mile-long fence in San Diego has reduced the flood of undocumented immigrants into California to a trickle. ďItís been dramatic,íí Ting said. ĒPeople were moving away from San Diego because they couldnít stand the crime.íí
Source: Cris Barrish, The Delaware News Journal, ďRepublican issuesĒ Sep 3, 2006

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