State of Montana Archives: on Immigration
Oppose efforts to relocate refugees into Montana
Greg Gianforte opposes efforts to relocate refugees into Montana, and supports efforts to secure our country's borders.
He believes that only those immigrants who want to be Americans should receive the privilege of U.S. citizenship.
Source: MTStandard.com on 2016 Montana gubernatorial race
Jun 18, 2016
Safety first; review protocols for Syrian refugees
Montana will not allow any terrorist organization to intimidate us into abandoning our values. The safety of Montanans is my top priority. No Syrian refugees have been settled in the state and we have had no formal requests to do so. Montana
has a process in place for considering refugee settlement requests; we are reviewing those protocols to ensure that if a request comes, we take all appropriate steps to ensure that the safety of Montanans will not be jeopardized by their placement.
Source: KPAX-TV-8 on Syrian Refugees in 2016 Montana governor race
Nov 16, 2015
Protect the borders; prevent illegal entry
Question topic: Government should enforce laws designed to protect the border and to prevent illegal entry of persons into the country.
Edmunds: Strongly Agree
Source: Faith2Action iVoterGuide on 2014 Montana Senate race
Jul 2, 2014
Comprehensive reform is the wrong approach; no amnesty
I believe that the bill passed by the Senate today [S. 744, the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Bill] is the wrong approach to immigration reform, and I will work to stop it should it reach the House. I support the step-by-step approach that the House
Judiciary Committee is taking, because it correctly recognizes that our first priority must be strengthening and securing the border and addressing the major deficiencies in our interior enforcement. Until we make these essential improvements, our nation
will continue to struggle with illegal immigration. I believe we should also continue retaining high-skilled workers who have been educated in the US and work to make the process for legal immigration efficient and understandable for those trying to come
into the country the right way. However, I will not support proposals that contain amnesty for illegal immigrants currently in our country. We cannot repeat past mistakes by rewarding unlawful behavior."
Source: 2014 Montana Senate campaign website, daines.house.gov
Jun 27, 2013
Illegal aliens eligible for in-state tuition
Q: Do you support the state government providing college students with financial aid?
Q: Should illegal immigrants who graduate from Montana high schools be eligible for in-state tuition at public universities?
Q: Do you support the national Common Core State Standards initiative?
Source: Montana Legislative Election 2012 Political Courage Test
Nov 1, 2012
Don't deport illegal immigrants
Q: Do you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship?
Q: Do you support allowing illegal immigrants, who were brought to the
United States as minors, to pursue citizenship without returning to their country of origin?
Q: Do you support the enforcement of federal immigration law by state and local police?
Source: Montana Election 2012 Political Courage Test
Nov 1, 2012
Touts bipartisanship; voted against DREAM Act
Tester has touted his independence: running ads emphasizing his farming roots, his work on bipartisan Veterans Affairs legislation and his habit of bringing Montana bison meat back from his farm to Washington, D.C. He also voted against the
DREAM Act, which would provide a path to citizenship for some undocumented immigrants brought here as children.
Source: The Hill coverage of 2012 Montana Senate debate
Jun 25, 2012
Punish those who knowingly employ illegal immigrants
Zinke indicates support of the following principles regarding immigration.
Source: Montana Congressional 2008 Political Courage Test
Nov 1, 2008
Support financial punishments for those who knowingly employ illegal immigrants.
- Support state and local law enforcement officials enforcing federal immigration laws.
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