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Tom Vilsack on Immigration

Democratic IA Governor


Diversity adds to our economic wealth

[Our state] was built by people who came here from all over the world. From the beginning, immigrants have come to our state and helped it to prosper. As they became new Iowans, and added to our economic wealth, their diversity also brought strength and cultural richness to our state.
Source: Condition of the State speech to the Legislature , Jan 9, 2001

Share costs of legal immigration between states & federal.

Vilsack adopted the National Governors Association policy:


Source: NGA policy HR-2: Immigration and Refugee Policy 01-NGA3 on Feb 15, 2001

Federal government should deal with criminal repatriation.

Vilsack adopted the National Governors Association policy:



Finally, the Governors are concerned about the large number of deported felons that are returning to the United States. A significant number of the criminal alien felons housed in state prisons and local jails are previously convicted felons who reentered the United States after they were deported. The Governors urge the federal government to provide sufficient funds for proven positive identification systems, like the Automated Fingerprinting Identification System (AFIS), to allow for the expanded use of these systems in the rest of the nation.
Source: NGA policy HR-2: Immigration and Refugee Policy 01-NGA4 on Feb 15, 2001

Ease Canadian border-crossing rules.

Vilsack signed the Midwestern Governors' Conference resolution:

Source: Resolution of Midwestern Governors' Conf. on Canadian Border 99-MGC1 on Oct 14, 1999

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