State of Indiana Archives: on Immigration


Eric Holcomb: I won't be xenophobic on immigration policy

A new super PAC, called Frugal Hoosiers, was started by Bill Oesterle, the former CEO of Indianapolis-based Angie's List. Oesterle and Eric Holcomb were top political aides to Pence's predecessor, former Republican Gov. Mitch Daniels.

"We want to make sure people understand two of these candidates want to shut down the government; one of them has said he won't do that," Holcomb said. "Two of these candidates are not supportive of the LGBT community; one of them is. Two of these candidates are very xenophobic on immigration policy; one of them isn't."

The campaigns of Stutzman and Young, who both voted last month against the federal budget-and-debt deal that averted a possible government shutdown, said they were unfazed by the new super PAC.

Holcomb said he doesn't support efforts to shut down the government, believes securing the border should be a priority, and has a zero-tolerance policy on discrimination.

Source: Chicago Tribune on 2016 Indiana Senate race Nov 10, 2015

Brian Bosma: Local police should enforce federal immigration laws

Q: Do you support the enforcement of federal immigration laws by state and local police?

A: Yes.

Source: 2012 Indiana State Legislative PVS Political Courage Test Nov 1, 2012

Richard Lugar: Yes, voted for DREAM Act, but not for benefits to illegals

About the only time either candidate got testy was after Mourdock claimed Lugar voted to give Social Security benefits to illegal immigrants, an apparent reference to the DREAM Act, legislation that would have provided a route to citizenship to children of illegal immigrants.

"That is unfair," Lugar responded, denying he had cast such votes. Lugar did support the DREAM Act.

Source: Fort Wayne Journal Gazette on 2012 Indiana Senate debate Apr 12, 2012

Richard Mourdock: No Social Security benefits to illegal immigrants

About the only time either candidate got testy was after Mourdock claimed Lugar voted to give Social Security benefits to illegal immigrants, an apparent reference to the DREAM Act, legislation that would have provided a route to citizenship to children of illegal immigrants.

"That is unfair," Lugar responded, denying he had cast such votes. Lugar did support the DREAM Act.

Source: Fort Wayne Journal Gazette on 2012 Indiana Senate debate Apr 12, 2012

Daniel Coats: Voted for amnesty 26 years ago; against a dozen times since

Ellsworth also criticized Coats for voting for an amnesty proposal for illegal immigrants, though Coats said he does not support amnesty. "To come home to Indiana after this many years and say he's totally against it is disingenuous," Ellsworth said.

Coats, the son of a Swedish immigrant, said he has cast 12 to 15 votes against amnesty since the vote Ellsworth referenced. "That was 26 years ago," Coats said.

Source: Washington Post coverage of 2010 Indiana Senate debate Oct 25, 2010

Lyndon Johnson: Abolish country-specific discriminatory quotas

We must do something about our immigration laws. Two-thirds of the total immigration quota goes under that law, to people who never use all their quota.We want to abolish those discriminatory quotas gradually over a 5-year period and raise the overall l 9,000, or 1/80th of 1 percent of our work force. This would permit families to unite which have too long been broken.

We stand for a compassionate nation, not a callous nation. We stand for uniting our country instead of dividing it.

Source: Remarks at Washington H.S., Lake County, Indiana (APP#639) Oct 8, 1964

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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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