State of Massachusetts Archives: on Immigration


Don Berwick: Comprehensive reform with pathway to citizenship

Q: Do you support or oppose the statement, "Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens"?

A: "It is time for Congress to step up and pass comprehensive immigration reform with a pathway to citizenship for undocumented workers. I also support the Trust Act in Massachusetts, introduced by Sen. Jamie Eldridge and Rep. Carl Sciortino."

Source: Email interview for 2014 MA Governor's race with OnTheIssues Feb 7, 2014

Gabriel Gomez: Make the Senate "Gang of Eight" a "Gang of Nine"

Both candidates agreed about the necessity of immigration reform. Gomez, the son of Colombian immigrants, said he was committed to reform, declaring that he would make the bipartisan Senate "Gang of Eight" a "Gang of Nine."
Source: Washington Post on 2013 MA Senate debate Jun 5, 2013

Gabriel Gomez: Pathway to citizenship should include learning English

On illegal immigration, Sullivan said he would provide a path to legal status for those in the country illegally. But he opposes amnesty, except for those who join the military.

Gomez, the son of Colombian immigrants, said he supports a pathway to citizenship that would include things like learning English.

Winslow said he would make legal immigration easier, secure the border, deport criminals and encourage immigration by educated immigrants.

Source: Springfield Republican on 2013 MA Senate debates Mar 28, 2013

Brian Herr: Seal the borders to prevent illegal entry

The son of legal immigrants from Ireland, Herr said he wants the government to seal the borders to prevent illegal entry. He suggested moving military bases to the borders so recruits could train and patrol at the same time. He called for "positive and reasonable" talks on reform, opposing both immediate deportation and amnesty.
Source: MetroWest Daily News on 2014 MA Senate race Aug 16, 2010

Brian Herr: Enforce existing laws including penalizing employers

Last week Mr. Herr attended--but did not speak at--a Northboro tea party meeting at which an expert on illegal immigration said the government should enforce existing laws, including penalizing employers who hire illegal immigrants, to dissuade people from living here illegally. Mr. Herr said he liked that idea.
Source: Worcester Telegram & Gazette on 2014 MA Senate race Aug 16, 2010

Christy Mihos: Illegal immigration is illegal--they cost Massachusetts $1B

Q: Would you allow illegal immigrants to pay in-state tuition rates at public colleges?

MIHOS: Illegal immigration is illegal. And theyíre not immigrants, theyíre illegal immigrants, theyíre here illegally and INS tells us that by the year 2010 thatís going to cost this Commonwealth $1 billion in cost to deal with this issue. Kerry Healey in November 2005 said they should all go back basically, but in May 2006 sheís with George Bush that these people pay taxes, they should stay here.

Source: 2006 MA Gubernatorial debate on Fox News with Chris Wallace Sep 25, 2006

Christy Mihos: Dems want immigrants votes; GOP wants their cheap labor

Q: Should illegals be issued drivers licenses?

MIHOS: Lets be clear about illegal immigration -- the Democrats want their votes, the Republicans want cheap labor. Thatís what this is all about and thatís why we have gridlock and thatís why the federal government wonít do anything and thatís why the state government wonít do anything. How many corporations under the Romney/Healey administration have been fined, or investigated [for hiring illegal immigrants]? Zero.

Source: 2006 MA Gubernatorial debate on Fox News with Chris Wallace Sep 25, 2006

Christy Mihos: No licenses for illegals; felony for driving without license

Q: Should illegals be issued drivers licenses?

MIHOS: Let me put it this way, when Iím elected governor what I will work with the legislature, and one of the first bills I will pass is I believe anybody riding around without a license, without a registration, without insurance, I want to change that from a misdemeanor to a felony. Weíve got to secure our borders and yes, I will ask the state police to enforce that, I will ask them to work with INS. This is a huge issue for the Commonwealth.

Source: 2006 MA Gubernatorial debate on Fox News with Chris Wallace Sep 25, 2006

Deval Patrick: In-state tuition ok for illegals; focus on employers

Q: Would you allow illegal immigrants to pay in-state tuition rates at public colleges?

PATRICK: [Yes, but] this is one issue where I think both sides have a point. The folks on the other side of the question from where I am say we should only reward people who play by the rules and theyíre right. I understand that immigration is a serious problem. But people are not coming here for in-state tuition, theyíre coming here for jobs. We need to come down hard on employers.

Source: 2006 MA Gubernatorial debate on Fox News with Chris Wallace Sep 25, 2006

Deval Patrick: Drivers licenses for illegals, for security and safety

Q: Should illegals be issued drivers licenses?

PATRICK: I support that because of the security issues. I want to know the names and addresses and faces of the people who are here. The people who are driving on the roads, I want the insurance issues dealt with, I want to know the people on the road know the rules of the road. Letís be clear, people are not coming to Massachusetts to get a drivers license, theyíre coming to get jobs. The first thing we have to do is secure our borders.

Source: 2006 MA Gubernatorial debate on Fox News with Chris Wallace Sep 25, 2006

Grace Ross: Illegal immigrants pay taxes like the rest of us

Q: Would you allow illegal immigrants to pay in-state tuition rates at public colleges?

ROSS: In fact, immigrants who work here pay taxes here. Most of the taxes weíre all paying are property taxes and things like that, they pay all of those things. The issue is why there isnít enough money for tuition in general. Weíve listened to all these stories, oh Iím going to cut a little bit here, or oh, weíre going to roll back the income tax. Weíre blaming immigrants for state policy thatís hurt all of us.

Source: 2006 MA Gubernatorial debate on Fox News with Chris Wallace Sep 25, 2006

Grace Ross: Illegal immigration is only an issue because of jobs

Q: Should illegals be issued drivers licenses?

ROSS: Well itís funny, of course itís about jobs. This issue never gets raised except when there arenít enough jobs and the jobs arenít paying enough. So what we really need to look at is whatís happened to our economy. Cities and towns are starved for money. We canít afford our rents. Then we end up fighting about some immigrants.

Source: 2006 MA Gubernatorial debate on Fox News with Chris Wallace Sep 25, 2006

Kerry Healey: Opposes in-state tuition for illegal immigrants

Q: Would you allow illegal immigrants to pay in-state tuition rates at public colleges?

HEALEY: A lot of people are struggling to pay for college for their kids. If we have enough money to give the equivalent of a $40,000 scholarship to someone who is not in the country legally than we should use that money to lower tuition for the kids who are citizens who have been paying taxes into this system. I think its wrong to give in- state tuition to illegal immigrants and I will continue to oppose that.

Source: 2006 MA Gubernatorial debate on Fox News with Chris Wallace Sep 25, 2006

Kerry Healey: Urges Attorney General to investigate hiring illegals

MIHOS: Kerry, how many corporations under the Romney/Healey administration have been fined, or investigated [for hiring illegal immigrants]?

HEALEY: You know itís good that you ask that question, we have been urging the Attorney General to do just that. Thatís his job as AG, to get in there and do that and weíve been asking him to do that.

MIHOS: So zero.

Source: 2006 MA Gubernatorial debate on Fox News with Chris Wallace Sep 25, 2006

Kerry Healey: Opposes issuing licenses to illegal immigrants

Q: Should illegals be issued drivers licenses?

HEALEY: I do oppose issuing licenses to illegal immigrants because that is your most basic form of identification here in America. If you have that card you can get on an airplane, you can go to another state, you can disappear into society. I could not disagree more with Deval Patrick on this topic. I think that that drivers license has real meaning and itís very dangerous to give it to illegal immigrants.

Source: 2006 MA Gubernatorial debate on Fox News with Chris Wallace Sep 25, 2006

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