State of Minnesota Archives: on Immigration


Mike McFadden: Secure the borders, then conditional path to citizenship

On immigration, McFadden said it is clear that there must be a solution that involves securing the borders & suggested he was open to looking at some kind of path to citizenship, with conditions.

He spoke admiringly of the work Sens. Bob Corker (R,TN) and John Hoeven (R, ND) on immigration. "There is a group of senators that have led, taken a lot of arrows for leading, but they have led. They've come forward with a bill that is not perfect but they acknowledge that we have to address this," he said.

Source: Star-Tribune on 2014 Minnesota Senate race Oct 28, 2013

Mike McFadden: Secure the borders & then find way to grant citizenship

On immigration, McFadden said any changes to immigration law would have to start with securing US borders, but said he isn't opposed to finding a way for millions of immigrants now here illegally to obtain citizenship.

"As Republicans, we need to get our arms around this," McFadden said. He said he wants to see "outreach to the Hispanic community, because if they're not already Republicans they have the potential to be great Republicans because they have strong family values, they're entrepreneurial, they work hard, they're industrious. We need to appeal to them."

Source: CBS Minnesota WCCO on 2014 Minnesota Senate race Jul 23, 2013

Mike McFadden: Status quo is not acceptable; we need to find a solution

Q: Would you have supported the Senate immigration bill?

A: First of all, the status quo is not acceptable, having 11 million illegal immigrants in this country is de facto amnesty, and that doesn't work, so we need to find a solution. I applaud members of the Senate for trying to find that solution. The solution needs to begin with securing the borders, it needs to stop further illegal immigration, so that's my first principle. My second principle is: We need something that addresses the 21st century and our economic needs in this country. The fact that we're educating PhDs in math and hard sciences and not allowing them to stay in this country when they're needed, does not make economic sense. We need to address that. I'm still reviewing the Senate bill. I look forward to seeing what comes out of the House.

Source: Minneapolis Post on 2014 Minnesota Senate race Jul 15, 2013

Jim Abeler: Withhold state aid for sanctuary cities

Jim Abeler voted Yea on Seifert Amendment. Amendment Rejected in House: 66-67.

Legislative title:Seifert Amendment: Restriction of State Aid Based on Compliance with Immigration Laws

Legislative summary: Vote to adopt an amendment that withholds state aid from cities that prohibit officials from verifying immigration status or undertaking action to detect undocumented persons. Allocates aid that would have otherwise been distributed to cities that are prohibited from receiving aid under this amendment to other cities that are not determined to have ordinances that prevent immigration law enforcement.

Source: Minnesota House voting records (Votesmart synopses) Mar 3, 2008

Amy Klobuchar: No amnesty for companies hiring illegal immigrants

Q: What should we do on our southern border?

KLOBUCHAR: I believe we need to have order. We need to have adequate border controls, the fence, and no amnesty for companies hiring illegal immigrants; as well as earned citizenship for people who have been here, have paid their taxes, that are willing to learn English and become part of our community.

KENNEDY: Ms. Klobuchar came out first for a bill that had nothing in there for a fence. I [didnít agree with that bill] that we should give a veto right to Mexico to control our border.

KLOBUCHAR: For 6 years, this Congressman and this Congress had the ability to do something about immigration. We need comprehensive immigration reform. It hasnít happened. The Fargo Forum debunked his claims on my stands on immigration, and said they were distorted and not true.

FITZGERALD: I do not support a fence on our southern border. You show me a 50-foot fence, Iíll show you someone with a 51-foot ladder.

Source: Minnesota 2006 3-way Senate Debate, sponsored by LWV Oct 30, 2006

Mark Kennedy: Good fences make good neighbors

Q: What should we do on our southern border?

KLOBUCHAR: I believe we need to have order. We need to have adequate border controls, the fence, & no amnesty for companies hiring illegal immigrants; as well as earned citizenship.

KENNEDY: Ms. Klobuchar came out first for a bill that had nothing in there for a fence. I [didnít agree with that bill] that we should give a veto right to Mexico to control our border.

KLOBUCHAR: For 6 years, this Congressman and this Congress had the ability to do something about immigration. We need comprehensive immigration reform. It hasnít happened. The Fargo Forum debunked his claims on my stands on immigration, and said they were distorted and not true.

KENNEDY: We have passed 700-mile fencing along the border. I believe that good fences make good neighbors. Weíve doubled the border patrol; weíve ended catch-and-release. We have more to do, but it begins with a conviction that a country that canít control its own borders canít control its own security.

Source: Minnesota 2006 3-way Senate Debate, sponsored by LWV Oct 30, 2006

Robert Fitzgerald: Show me 50-foot border fence, Iíll show you 51-foot ladder

Q: What should we do on our southern border?

KLOBUCHAR: I believe we need to have order. We need to have adequate border controls, the fence, and no amnesty for companies hiring illegal immigrants; as well as earned citizenship.

FITZGERALD: I do not support a fence on our southern border. $1.2 billion for a fence for 700 miles out of 200 miles--that doesnít get the job done, and more dollars arenít going to get the job done. You show me a 50-foot fence, Iíll show you someone with a 51-foot ladder. Until we address the economic disparity between the US and our southern neighbors, weíre not addressing illegal immigration at all.

KENNEDY: We have passed 700-mile fencing along the border. I believe that good fences make good neighbors. Weíve doubled the border patrol; weíve ended catch-and-release. We have more to do, but it begins with a conviction that a country that canít control its own borders canít control its own security.

Source: Minnesota 2006 3-way Senate Debate, sponsored by LWV Oct 30, 2006

Robert Fitzgerald: Making bogeymen of illegal immigrants doesnít address issue

Q: What about immigration reform?

KENNEDY: Ms. Klobuchar came out first for a bill that had nothing in there for a fence. I [didnít agree with that bill] that we should give a veto right to Mexico to control our border.

KLOBUCHAR: The Fargo Forum debunked his claims on my stands on immigration, and said they were distorted and not true. We need comprehensive immigration reform. It hasnít happened.

FITZGERALD: Immigration reform does not involve making bogeymen out of immigrants to scare us during the midterm election. I do not support either bill. The Senate bill for a guest worker program creates a subclass of citizens who cannot take part in our democratic process. Thatís apartheid. The House bill is a punitive measure that makes felons out of immigrants, making bogeymen to scare us. We need not be afraid. We need comprehensive immigration reform.

Source: Minnesota 2006 3-way Senate Debate, sponsored by LWV Oct 30, 2006

Mark Dayton: Unsnarl the INS bureaucracy to reduce backlog

There are no easy answers on the range of immigration issues. I do believe that one necessary reform is to drastically overhaul the INS, which reportedly has a backlog of millions of applications for new or revised resident status. This bureaucratic nightmare is unjust, and it undoubtedly contributes to the growing problem of undocumented workers in this country. Unsnarling the INS bureaucracy, although necessary, will be an enormous and time-consuming undertaking.
Source: Minnesota Newspaper Association Election Questionnaire Jul 2, 2000

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