State of Michigan Archives: on Immigration


Rick Snyder: 50,000 skilled worker visas to repopulate Detroit

Snyder unveiled a proposal that calls for the US government to allocate 50,000 special visas over the next five years to lure highly skilled immigrants to live and work in the bankrupt city of Detroit. Snyder's plan, which would need to be implemented by the US government, is aimed at bringing jobs to the city while stemming an exodus of residents. Detroit's population has fallen to about 700,000 from a peak of 1.8 million in 1950.

The EB-2 visas would be aimed at individuals with advanced degrees and exceptional skills in fields like the auto industry and life sciences, Snyder said. EB-2 visas allow individuals with special talents to enter the country without a job offer. There is no precedent for special visas to be issued for a specific geographic area, Snyder said. But he compared the program to a current one that grants visas to physicians who agree to work in under-served areas.

"Where else could you find a house for the prices you're going to find here? It's a good deal," Snyder said.

Source: Reuters on 2014 Michigan Governor's race Jan 23, 2014

Randy Hekman: Secure the borders but encourage legal immigration

Immigration and the right to vote were heavily discussed as well, including states requiring photo identification to vote. Hekman said immigration is important to the U.S. and legal immigration should be encouraged. "We love people, but we want people to come legally," he said. "We've got to make sure to secure the borders. We want to encourage legal immigration. Those who have the guts to come to this country are the ones who generate jobs."
Source: CMU Central Michigan Life on 2012 Michigan Senate debate Jan 14, 2012

Rick Snyder: Openly encourages innovators and entrepreneurs to immigrate

We will encourage immigrants with advanced college degrees to come to Michigan to live and work. We need to be a place that openly encourages innovators and entrepreneurs to come to our state. The evidence is clear that advance college degree immigrants make a tremendous difference in creating a positive economic activity environment that benefits us all. Half of the startups in Silicon Valley have a foreign national as a founder. It is time we embrace this concept as a way to speed our reinvention.
Source: 2011 Michigan State of the State Address Jan 19, 2011

Debbie Stabenow: Opposed immigration bill because it cost us jobs

Q: Do you support path to citizenship for illegal immigrants?

STABENOW: I voted no, because it went too far and cost us jobs. I do think itís important to have border security and legal system that is fair and effective. My focus is on our jobs that weíre losing because of failed policies.

BOUCHARD: Border security is big issue for me. Iím against illegal immigration. 52% of illegal immigrants caught had criminal backgrounds. She voted for and then against border fence.

Source: 2006 Michigan Senate Debate in Grand Rapids Oct 15, 2006

Mike Bouchard: 52% of illegal immigrants have criminal backgrounds

Q: Do you support path to citizenship for illegal immigrants?

STABENOW: I voted no, because it went too far and cost us jobs. I do think itís important to have border security and legal system that is fair and effective. My focus is on our jobs that weíre losing because of failed policies.

BOUCHARD: Border security is big issue for me. Iím against illegal immigration. 52% of illegal immigrants caught had criminal backgrounds. She voted for and then against border fence.

Source: 2006 Michigan Senate Debate in Grand Rapids, x-ref Stabenow Oct 15, 2006

Bret McAtee: We need a sane immigration policy

Elected officialsí drunkenness with power has made them unwatchful and irresponsible as seen in their refusal to craft a sane immigration policy and their unwillingness to be honest with us regarding the soundness of our fiscal house.
Source: Declaration of Candidacy For Michigan US Senate Jan 1, 2006

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2016 Presidential contenders on Immigration:
  Republicans:
Amb.John Bolton(MD)
Gov.Jeb Bush(FL)
Dr.Ben Carson(MD)
Gov.Chris Christie(NJ)
Sen.Ted Cruz(TX)
Gov.Mike Huckabee(AR)
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)
Secy.Condi Rice(CA)
Sen.Marco Rubio(FL)
Rep.Paul Ryan(WI)
Sen.Rick Santorum(PA)
Democrats:
Secy.Hillary Clinton(NY)
V.P.Joe Biden(DE)
Gov.Andrew Cuomo(NY)
Mayor Rahm Emanuel(IL)
Gov.Martin O`Malley(MD)
Sen.Bernie Sanders(VT)
Gov.Brian Schweitzer(MT)
Sen.Jim Webb(VA)

2016 Third Party Candidates:
Mayor Michael Bloomberg(I-NYC)
Gov.Gary Johnson(L-NM)
Donald Trump(NY)
Gov.Jesse Ventura(I-MN)
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