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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
|2012 Presidential contenders on Immigration:|
Green: Dr.Jill Stein(MA)
Libertarian: Gov.Gary Johnson(NM)
Justice: Mayor Rocky Anderson(UT)
Constitution: Rep.Virgil Goode(VA)
Peace+Freedom: Roseanne Barr(HI)
Reform Party: André Barnett(NY)
AmericansElect: Gov.Buddy Roemer(LA)
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