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Arianna Huffington on Immigration

2004 former Independent Challenger for CA Governor


Illegal immigrants already paid price for American dream

The truth, as anyone who thinks about it for a minute realizes, is that undocumented immigrants already have paid a price for their pursuit of the American dream, often starting with an expensive and harrowing journey into this country and continuing with years of low-paying toil at one of those famous "jobs Americans don't want to do"--usually for the benefit of a business that would prefer to keep its labor costs to a minimum by hiring the cheapest workers. They do this work without the benefits and protections that citizens receive, even though they often pay their fair share in taxes. Contributions from undocumented immigrants using fake Social Security numbers total 10 percent of the annual Social Security surplus, which is about $50 billion. Low-skilled immigrants contribute as much as $10 billion to the U.S. economy every year.
Source: Right Is Wrong, by Arianna Huffington, p.236 , Apr 29, 2008

Deporting 12 million illegals can't be the American way

We can't simply round up all twelve million undocumented immigrants and ship them home. Apart from the economic devastation caused by depriving American business of millions of workers, the cost of rounding them up and shipping them home is estimated at around $200 billion. And one can't calculate the moral and emotional cost of armed men arresting families in their homes or workplaces and marching them onto trains or buses. Whatever your idea is of what's "American," this can't be it. And it simply isn't going to happen. But this un-American nightmare would be the logical consequence of the Right's "no exception" pandering.
Source: Right Is Wrong, by Arianna Huffington, p.244-245 , Apr 29, 2008

Respect illegal immigrant rights-theyíre not terrorists

HUFFINGTON: The good news about Tom McClintock is you know where he stands. Thereís no fudging. And thatís what I like about you. With Arnold, itís all over the map. We are for taking care of kids but not for driving them safely to school or to the emergency room or wherever the health care is to be provided. And ultimately, thatís the kind of pandering to the Pete Wilson team that you are surrounding yourself with, because ultimately they are not going to change. They donít really fundamentally care for those immigrants in this country.

SCHWARZENEGGER: Arianna, there is no identification, there is no background check. It is dangerous for our security here. Letís do it the right way. Letís get them visas. Letís get them temporary working permits. HUFFINGTON: It is really offensive to think that they are terrorists just because they are here as illegal immigrations.

SCHWARZENEGGER: Letís get them permanent working permits.

Source: Recall Debate, Cal. State Univ. at Sacramento , Sep 24, 2003

Drivers license to illegal immigrants this bill & every bill

Q: Do you support the proposal allowing illegal immigrants to obtain drivers licenses?

HUFFINGTON: I would have signed the bill the first time in when the governor vetoed it because his back was not against the wall.

Source: Recall debate in Walnut Creek , Sep 3, 2003

Supports immigrant rights

On Immigration: Arianna supports immigrant rights. As a Greek immigrant herself - one of the 9 million Californians who werenít born in this country - she knows first-hand the difficulties that immigrants face. Arianna supports the push to provide immigrants with driverís licenses.
Source: 2003 Gubernatorial campaign website, AriannaForGov.com , Aug 15, 2003

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