State of Rhode Island Archives: on Immigration


Lincoln Chafee: Co-sponsored McCain-Kennedy immigration bill

Q: What about immigration?

CHAFEE: I co-sponsored the McCain bill. He came up with a bill, path to legality but also strong border security. There was a good compromise. Bush supports it and others and thatís the best way to handle these 11 million illegal immigrants that are here working illegally in this country. First, border security. Second, a path to legality. Pay back fines. Learn English. Get in the back of the line of the immigration line. And itís a big problem. Itís going to take bipartisan work.

LAFFEY: Chafee voted for illegal aliens and voted to give social security benefits to illegal aliens and heís voted to give foreign workers up to four to five times as much as American workers on the same job site. I wonít stand for that if Iím down in the US Senate. They want the border secured. Then they want to enforce the laws against employers. Then after we do those two things, then we can talk about a guest worker program that would help both Mexico and the US.

Source: 2006 R.I. Republican Senate Primary debate on WPRI Aug 24, 2006

Lincoln Chafee: Laffey supported then opposed ID cards for illegal aliens

I think the most important thing on any issue is to be consistent?trust is built with consistency. Just a few months ago, Laffey was having a rally where he was touting ?counselor cards? that recognize that if someone is illegal in this country, they can get an ID card. He was saying this was a good thing for Cranston. Now heís saying on the show that we had a debate, he was saying we have to put these people in jail. Why? Because he found it wasnít popular and changed, a 180 degree change.
Source: 2006 R.I. Republican Senate Primary debate on WPRI Aug 24, 2006

Stephen Laffey: Opposes the McCain-Kennedy bill?a vote for illegal aliens

Q: What about immigration?

CHAFEE: I co-sponsored the McCain bill. He came up with a bill, path to legality but also strong border security. There was a good compromise. Bush supports it and others and thatís the best way to handle these 11 million illegal immigrants that are here working illegally in this country. First, border security. Second, a path to legality. Pay back fines. Learn English. Get in the back of the line of the immigration line. And itís a big problem. Itís going to take bipartisan work.

LAFFEY: Chafee voted for illegal aliens and voted to give social security benefits to illegal aliens and heís voted to give foreign workers up to four to five times as much as American workers on the same job site. I wonít stand for that if Iím down in the US Senate. They want the border secured. Then they want to enforce the laws against employers. Then after we do those two things, then we can talk about a guest worker program that would help both Mexico and the US.

Source: 2006 R.I. Republican Senate Primary debate (x-ref Chafee) Aug 24, 2006

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