State of Louisiana Archives: on Immigration


David Vitter: Led Senate's Border Security and Enforcement First caucus

David has led the Border Security and Enforcement First Caucus in the U.S. Senate. He'll continue to fight for strong immigration enforcement and against the Obama Administration dumping the growing problem on Louisiana and other states.
Source: 2015 Louisiana Governor campaign website, DavidVitter.com Aug 11, 2015

David Vitter: Block federal funds going to sanctuary cities

As our governor, David will demand that all Louisiana law enforcement officials follow federal law and fully cooperate with immigration enforcement to identify and arrest dangerous illegal aliens.

David authored legislation to block federal funds from going to "sanctuary cities" like San Francisco that ignore federal law and refuse to cooperate with federal immigration enforcement in identifying dangerous illegal aliens.

Source: 2015 Louisiana Governor campaign website, DavidVitter.com Aug 11, 2015

Rob Maness: Send unaccompanied minors back to their country of origin

Landrieu touted her support for immigration reform, and in particular her support for relief for immigrants who were brought into the country illegally as children--known as DREAMers.

Maness said that he opposed a path to citizenship. He also said that unaccompanied child migrants who arrive at the Southern border should be sent back to their country of origin.

Source: The Hill on 2014 Louisiana Senate debate Oct 27, 2014

Garret Graves: Protect the border and prevent illegal entry

Q: Government should enforce laws designed to protect the border and to prevent illegal entry of persons into the country?

GRAVES: Strongly Agree

Source: Faith2Action iVoterGuide on 2014 Louisiana House race Sep 30, 2014

Ralph Abraham: Protect the border and prevent illegal entry

Q: Government should enforce laws designed to protect the border and to prevent illegal entry of persons into the country?

ABRAHAM: Strongly Agree

Source: Faith2Action iVoterGuide on 2014 Louisiana House race Sep 30, 2014

Jeff Landry: Enforce existing laws to close our borders

It has occurred to me that over the past 200 plus years of the Republic, during times of economic hardship, wars, or famine, the United States has provided a safe haven for those who sought a better opportunity.

If we fail in this experiment called th United States, there will be no place left to go. The United States represents the last frontier.

But we must not be a frontier with open borders and I will support efforts to enforce existing laws to close our borders and keep our nation safe.

Source: 2010 House campaign website landryforlouisiana.com, "Issues" Nov 2, 2010

Charles Melancon: I have been a staunch hawk on immigration

When asked whether he would apologize for a controversial anti-immigration campaign ad that some groups found offensive, Vitter was quick to offer up an answer. "The one thing in the ad that is offensive is Melancon's votes," said Vitter, saying that Melancon voted against laws that would clamp down on illegal immigration.

But Melancon maintained he has a strong stance against illegal immigration. "I have been a staunch hawk on immigration," said Melancon.

Source: WWLTV Eyewitness coverage of 2010 Louisiana Senate debate Oct 28, 2010

Charles Melancon: Supports SCHIP, despite insuring illegal immigrant kids

The SCHIP bill reauthorized the State Children's Health Insurance Program for the next five years, funding it with a 62-cent federal tax on cigarettes. It removed a five-year waiting period, and loosened citizenship requirements.

Melancon voted for the measure, trying to debunk claims by opponents that it would amount to government-run insurance, health care for illegal immigrants or coverage for high-income families. "Making sure children have health insurance is not only the right thing to do, it's also much more cost-effective for taxpayers than leaving them uninsured and using the emergency room as a primary-care provider," Melancon said.

Vitter opposed the bill, saying it was disproportionately skewed toward states such as New York, which has higher incomes for eligibility than Louisiana, he said. In New York, the program's cutoff for a family of four is $88,200. Louisiana taxpayers shouldn't subsidize those states, Vitter said. "It just makes no sense to me," he said.

Source: Baton Rouge Advocate on of 2010 Louisiana Senate debate Oct 18, 2010

David Vitter: TV ad: Melancon puts out a welcome sign for illegal aliens

The Hispanic community in New Orleans says they feel humiliated when it comes to a television ad created by Senator David Vitter's campaign, which says: "Charlie Melancon, thanks to him we might as well put out a welcome sign for illegal aliens."

Many in the Hispanic community are calling it demeaning, dehumanizing, and degrading. Those in attendance are particularly angry that the Senator has targeted one group of people. ABC26 News called Vitter's campaign, but no one has responded.

Source: WGNO ABC26 News coverage of 2010 Louisiana Senate debate Oct 18, 2010

Jay Dardenne: Don't increase enforcement against employers of illegals

Dardenne voted Nay on SB 753, the "Hiring of Undocumented Immigrants Bill". The bill passed the Senate 26 - 9.

2006 SENATE BILL NO. 753 (Substitute of Senate Bill No. 650 by Senator Cravins): AN ACT relative to employment of certain aliens; to prohibit the hiring of an alien who is not entitled to lawfully reside or work in the United States; to require the filing of an affidavit with a licensing agency ; to notify the attorney general or local district attorney when an employer who operates a business in the state knowingly employ s an alien who is not lawfully entitled to reside or work in the United States; to provide for issuing a cease and desist order; and to provide for penalties.

Source: VoteSmart voting records: 2015 Louisiana gubernatorial race Nov 1, 2006

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Gov.Jeb Bush(FL)
Dr.Ben Carson(MD)
Gov.Chris Christie(NJ)
Sen.Ted Cruz(TX)
Carly Fiorina(CA)
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Sen.Lindsey Graham(SC)
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Sen.Rick Santorum(PA)
Donald Trump(NY)
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Secy.Hillary Clinton(NY)
V.P.Joe Biden(DE)
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Sen.Elizabeth Warren(MA)
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Robert Steele(L-NY)
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