State of Louisiana Archives: on Immigration


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

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Secy.Hillary Clinton(NY)
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Gov.Andrew Cuomo(NY)
Mayor Rahm Emanuel(IL)
Gov.Martin O`Malley(MD)

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Amb.John Bolton(MD)
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Dr.Ben Carson(MD)
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Gov.Jon Huntsman(UT)
Gov.Bobby Jindal(LA)
Rep.Peter King(NY)
Gov.Sarah Palin(AK)
Sen.Rand Paul(KY)
Gov.Rick Perry(TX)
Sen.Rob Portman(OH)
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Sen.Marco Rubio(FL)
Rep.Paul Ryan(WI)
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Donald Trump(NY)
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