State of Montana Archives: on Immigration


Greg Gianforte: 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

Steve Bullock: 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

Champ Edmunds: 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

Steve Daines: 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

Amanda Curtis: Illegal aliens eligible for in-state tuition

Q: Do you support the state government providing college students with financial aid?

A: Yes.

Q: Should illegal immigrants who graduate from Montana high schools be eligible for in-state tuition at public universities?

A: Yes.

Q: Do you support the national Common Core State Standards initiative?

A: Yes.

Source: Montana Legislative Election 2012 Political Courage Test Nov 1, 2012

Sam Rankin: 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?

A: No.

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?

A: Yes.

Q: Do you support the enforcement of federal immigration law by state and local police?

A: Yes.

Source: Montana Election 2012 Political Courage Test Nov 1, 2012

Jon Tester: 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

Ryan Zinke: Punish those who knowingly employ illegal immigrants

Source: Montana Congressional 2008 Political Courage Test Nov 1, 2008

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2016 Presidential contenders on Immigration:
  Republicans:
Gov.Jeb Bush(FL)
Dr.Ben Carson(MD)
Gov.Chris Christie(NJ)
Sen.Ted Cruz(TX)
Carly Fiorina(CA)
Gov.Jim Gilmore(VA)
Sen.Lindsey Graham(SC)
Gov.Mike Huckabee(AR)
Gov.Bobby Jindal(LA)
Gov.John Kasich(OH)
Gov.Sarah Palin(AK)
Gov.George Pataki(NY)
Sen.Rand Paul(KY)
Gov.Rick Perry(TX)
Sen.Rob Portman(OH)
Sen.Marco Rubio(FL)
Sen.Rick Santorum(PA)
Donald Trump(NY)
Gov.Scott Walker(WI)
Democrats:
Gov.Lincoln Chafee(RI)
Secy.Hillary Clinton(NY)
V.P.Joe Biden(DE)
Gov.Martin O`Malley(MD)
Sen.Bernie Sanders(VT)
Sen.Elizabeth Warren(MA)
Sen.Jim Webb(VA)

2016 Third Party Candidates:
Gov.Gary Johnson(L-NM)
Roseanne Barr(PF-HI)
Robert Steele(L-NY)
Dr.Jill Stein(G,MA)
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