State of Nevada Archives: on Immigration


Dean Heller: Pathway to citizenship for illegals in army or college

On immigration, Heller said he's willing to work with Democrats for comprehensive reform.He said he supported a pathway to citizenship for those who came here illegally and served in the military or are getting an education.

He said he also supports efforts to push English-only legislation and making it easier to immigrate to the country legally. "So the principles that I'm trying to support is trying to make these people succeed," he said. "I want them to succeed here in this country."

Democrats pounced on his reference to "these people," setting up a conference call with Latino leaders for the next morning; Latino leaders said they were insulted.

Source: Las Vegas Sun on 2012 Nevada Senate debates Oct 11, 2012

Dean Heller: Overhaul 14th Amendment against immigrant citizenship

Sen. Dean Heller and Rep. Joe Heck met with Hispanics in a sort of tough love session. The two Nevada Republicans affirmed to the group, called Hispanics in Politics, that the GOP needed Latino support in November. But they remained steadfast in their hard-line stance on immigration.

Not only did they tell the Hispanic group that they remained opposed to the DREAM Act, a federal proposal that would provide a pathway to citizenship for certain undocumented college students and soldiers, they said the 14th Amendment to U.S. Constitution--which provides citizenship to anyone born in the United States--needed overhauling to prevent the children of undocumented immigrants from gaining citizenship.

Source: Carlos Sanchez, VOXXI, on 2012 Nevada Senate debate Apr 10, 2012

Mark Amodei: Secure our borders as a matter of national security

I am proud to have served in the United States Army, and even prouder to have a daughter who has recently served in the United States Navy. For the Amodei Family, supporting the men and women of the Armed Services is a way of life.

[I will] work to secure our borders as a matter of national security and a necessary first step to enacting a rational Immigration policy.

Source: 2012 House campaign website,www.amodei4nevada.com, "Issues" Sep 15, 2011

Joe Heck: Border security is a key issue for national security

Our nation's border security is a key issue when addressing both our economic and national security interests. Dr. Heck feels strongly that a comprehensive border security plan is paramount to rebuilding our nation's economy as well as protecting our nation's security.
Source: 2010 House campaign website, heck4nevada.com, "Issues" Nov 2, 2010

Harry Reid: We need comprehensive reform

The candidates also differed on immigration, with Reid calling for "comprehensive reform" and Angle condemning his opposition to Arizona's controversial immigration legislation that was passed earlier this year.

"What we have here is an illegal alien problem and the solution is simple: secure the borders, enforce the laws," Angle said. "We should be supporting Arizona."

Source: CBS News coverage of 2010 Nevada Senate debate Oct 15, 2010

Sharron Angle: Solution is simple: secure the borders, enforce the laws

The candidates also differed on immigration, with Reid calling for "comprehensive reform" and Angle condemning his opposition to Arizona's controversial immigration legislation that was passed earlier this year.

"What we have here is an illegal alien problem and the solution is simple: secure the borders, enforce the laws," Angle said. "We should be supporting Arizona."

Source: CBS News coverage of 2010 Nevada Senate debate Oct 15, 2010

Barack Obama: Comprehensive solution includes employers & borders

What we have to do is create a comprehensive solution to the problem. As president I will make sure that we finally have the kind of border security that we need. Employers have to be held accountable. When we do those things, we can take the illegal aliens who are here, get them out of the shadows, make sure that they are subject to a stiff penalty, make sure that theyíre learning English and go to the back of the line so theyíre not getting an advantage over people who came here legally.
Source: 2007 Democratic debate in Las Vegas, Nevada Nov 15, 2007

Barack Obama: Undocumented workers come here to work, not to drive

When I was a state senator in Illinois, I voted to require that illegal aliens get trained, get a license, get insurance to protect public safety. That was my intention. The problem we have here is not driverís licenses. Undocumented workers do not come here to drive. Theyíre here to work. Instead of being distracting by what has now become a wedge issue, letís focus on actually solving the problem that this administration, the Bush administration, had done nothing about it.
Source: 2007 Democratic debate in Las Vegas, Nevada Nov 15, 2007

Barack Obama: Support granting driverís licenses to illegal immigrants

Q: In the absence of comprehensive immigration reform, do you support driverís licenses for illegal immigrants?

A: Yes. I am going to be fighting for comprehensive immigration reform, and we shouldnít pose the question that, somehow, we canít achieve that. The American people desperately want it; thatís what Iím going to be fighting for as president.

Source: 2007 Democratic debate in Las Vegas, Nevada Nov 15, 2007

Bill Richardson: Allowed giving driverís licenses to illegal immigrants

Q: In the absence of comprehensive immigration reform, do you support driverís licenses for illegal immigrants?

A: My answer is yes, and I did it. Because the Congress and Bush failed miserably to pass comprehensive immigration. My legislature sent me a bill. I signed it. My enforcement people said itís a matter of public safety. What we need is public safety, a reduction in traffic fatalities. When we started with this program, 33% of all New Mexicans were uninsured. Today, itís 11%.

Source: 2007 Democratic debate in Las Vegas, Nevada Nov 15, 2007

Chris Dodd: Oppose granting driverís licenses to illegal immigrants

Q: In the absence of comprehensive immigration reform, do you support driverís licenses for illegal immigrants?

A: No, driversí licenses are the wrong thing to be doing, in terms of attracting people to come here as undocumented.

Source: 2007 Democratic debate in Las Vegas, Nevada Nov 15, 2007

Dennis Kucinich: There arenít any illegal human beings

Q: In the absence of comprehensive immigration reform, do you support driverís licenses for illegal immigrants?

A: I take issue with your description of people being illegal immigrants. There arenít any illegal human beings. They are undocumented. The best way to deal with this is cancel NAFTA and renegotiate the trade agreement with Mexico. You give people a path to legalization and make sure that you donít criminalize their status any further. I take exception to the way you framed that question

Source: 2007 Democratic debate in Las Vegas, Nevada Nov 15, 2007

Hillary Clinton: Oppose granting driverís licenses to illegal immigrants

Q: In the absence of comprehensive immigration reform, do you support driverís licenses for illegal immigrants?

A: No.

Source: 2007 Democratic debate in Las Vegas, Nevada Nov 15, 2007

Joe Biden: Oppose granting driverís licenses to illegal immigrants

Q: In the absence of comprehensive immigration reform, do you support driverís licenses for illegal immigrants?

A: No.

Source: 2007 Democratic debate in Las Vegas, Nevada Nov 15, 2007

John Edwards: Oppose granting driverís licenses to illegal immigrants

Q: In the absence of comprehensive immigration reform, do you support driverís licenses for illegal immigrants?

A: No, but I donít accept the proposition that weíre not going to have comprehensive immigration reform. What I do support, and what I will do as president of the US, is move this country toward comprehensive immigration reform. And anyone whoís on the path to earning American citizenship should be able to have a driverís license.

Source: 2007 Democratic debate in Las Vegas, Nevada Nov 15, 2007

Jack Carter: Get a pathway to citizenship and end political football

Q: You opposed the immigration bill. John McCain said that your amendment ďwould prevent lawfully present immigrant workers from collection Social Security benefits.Ē Why is McCain wrong?

ENSIGN: John McCain is wrong and anyone else who voted against that amendment is wrong because we have people who are here illegally, who stole the identities of American citizens. The Senate bill would not only allow people who stole social security numbers to be forgiven of felonies, but they would be allowed to collect past Social Security benefits. To me that was wrong and thatís why I offered that Amendment.

CARTER: Immigration has become a political football. Iím a businessman. I want to have a solution to this problem instead of rolling it over. We need to get a pathway to citizenship and making sure they pay some sort of fine and then going through. This can be done in one year if we face the ting in a direct way.

Source: Nevada 2006 Senate Debate, at KLAS (X-ref Ensign) Oct 15, 2006

John Ensign: Donít forgive illegals of felonies nor pay them benefits

Q: You opposed the immigration bill. John McCain said that your amendment ďwould prevent lawfully present immigrant workers from collection Social Security benefits.Ē Why is McCain wrong?

ENSIGN: John McCain is wrong and anyone else who voted against that amendment is wrong because we have people who are here illegally, who stole the identities of American citizens. The Senate bill would not only allow people who stole social security numbers to be forgiven of felonies, but they would be allowed to collect past Social Security benefits. To me that was wrong and thatís why I offered that Amendment.

CARTER: Immigration has become a political football. Iím a businessman. I want to have a solution to this problem instead of rolling it over. We need to get a pathway to citizenship and making sure they pay some sort of fine and then going through. This can be done in one year if we face the ting in a direct way.

Source: Nevada 2006 Senate Debate, at KLAS in Las Vegas Oct 15, 2006

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