State of New Jersey Archives: on Immigration


Barbara Buono: Supports tuition equality for illegal immigrants

Christie threaded the needle on the Dream Act, a law that would permit students who entered the country illegally to ptway in-state tuition rates. Two years ago he said the state couldn't afford to extend tuition equality to "people who haven't followed the rules." A few days ago in front of a largely Hispanic crowd, he said it's time to reconsider the measure. "I've never been opposed to tuition equality," Christie said.

Buono supports the measure, which has not gone to a vote in the Legislature yet. "Be careful, this governor has a history of saying one thing and doing another," Buono said

Source: Newark Star-Ledger on 2013 N.J. Governor debates Oct 16, 2013

Chris Christie: I've never been opposed to tuition equality for illegals

Christie threaded the needle on the Dream Act, a law that would permit students who entered the country illegally to pay in-state tuition rates. Two years ago he said the state couldn't afford to extend tuition equality to "people who haven't followed the rules." A few days ago in front of a largely Hispanic crowd, he said it's time to reconsider the measure. "I've never been opposed to tuition equality," Christie said.
Source: Newark Star-Ledger on 2013 N.J. Governor debates Oct 16, 2013

Steve Lonegan: No on amnesty; tighter border security

On immigration, [both GOP candidates] said the border with Mexico was too porous. Eck expressed sympathy for children illegally brought to this country when they are young, but said, "Until you secure the border and be like every other country on Earth, where you know who is coming in and who is going out, we're not a secure country."

Lonegan said he "would have voted no on the amnesty bill." He called for tighter security and more allowances for workers to come to the United States, and said undocumented immigrants already in the country should have to find a sponsor to stay.

Source: Philadelphia Inquirer on 2013 N.J. Senate debate Aug 2, 2013

Murray Sabrin: Secure our borders from foreign terror & illegal immigration

The Sabrin Solution has three principles and goals:
  1. secure our country from both foreign terror and illegal immigration
  2. secure our economic future by getting government off our backs and out of our wallets, and
  3. securing our education for our children by introducing competition into the failed educational bureaucracy.
The first principle and goal must be to secure our country and that starts with building a fence along our borders, both North and South; we must use the limited financial resources of our government to protect our sovereignty at home. When you have a porous border you can't control who or what is coming and going. I have always said, "Fences make good neighbors." This insanity will stop when I am elected to the U.S. Senate. If we secure our border we can take back the freedoms and liberties we have had to sacrifice. If we are being forced to choose between freedom and security because the government has failed--we need to choose new government!
Source: 2008 N.J. Senate campaign website MurraySabrin.com Nov 1, 2008

Murray Sabrin: The Sabrin Solution: Official English and no amnesty

Sabrin stated, "The US Constitution was written in English and these powerful words bind our nation together. As someone who immigrated legally to the United States as a boy whose second language was English, my family was proud to assimilate into American culture and learn English. I will support the National Language Act when I become a US Senator and I have outlined The Sabrin Solution 5-Point Immigration Reform:"
  1. Secure our borders both North and South from foreign terrorists and illegal immigrants
  2. Make English the official language of the United States
  3. End birth-right citizenship
  4. Do not allow any amnesty for illegal immigrants to become United States citizens; to become a citizen they must return to their home countries and enter our nation legally
  5. For those illegal immigrants who want to live, work and pay taxes (but not be granted citizenship) they must pay a financial penalty and go through a thorough background check to become a legal resident.
Source: Press release, "Sabrin Solution", in 2008 N.J. Senate race May 5, 2008

Robert Menendez: Enforcement-only means largest deportation in history

Q: Should illegal immigrants be forcibly deported?

MENENDEZ: An enforcement-only approach-which Kean now supports-has not worked. But last spring, Kean called for a path towards legal status for illegal immigrants if they paid a fine-similar to the bi-partisan bill I voted for. However, just two weeks later, Kean said the legislation should include deporting all undocumented immigrants. Making a felon of anyone undocumented would bring about the most massive roundup and deportation in the history of the world.

KEAN: Menendez voted against hiring 10,000 new border agents; voted against a security fence across the US-Mexico border; and voted against enhancing sentences for illegal aliens convicted of a violent crime. Thatís a dangerous voting record. My immigration stance can be summed up in two sentences:

Source: Hall Institute N.J. Senate Virtual Debate Sep 24, 2006

Thomas Kean Jr.: Menendezí soft voting record on immigration is dangerous

Q: Should illegal immigrants be forcibly deported?

MENENDEZ: An enforcement-only approach-which Kean now supports-has not worked. But last spring, Kean called for a path towards legal status for illegal immigrants if they paid a fine-similar to the bi-partisan bill I voted for. However, just two weeks later, Kean said the legislation should include deporting all undocumented immigrants. Making a felon of anyone undocumented would bring about the most massive roundup and deportation in the history of the world.

KEAN: Menendez voted against hiring 10,000 new border agents; voted against a security fence across the US-Mexico border; and voted against enhancing sentences for illegal aliens convicted of a violent crime. Thatís a dangerous voting record. My immigration stance can be summed up in two sentences:

Source: Hall Institute N.J. Senate Virtual Debate (X-ref Menendez) Sep 24, 2006

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Secy.Hillary Clinton(NY)
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Gov.Andrew Cuomo(NY)
Mayor Rahm Emanuel(IL)
Gov.Martin O`Malley(MD)

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Amb.John Bolton(MD)
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Dr.Ben Carson(MD)
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Gov.Rick Perry(TX)
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