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Charlie Crist on Immigration

Republican


No amnesty, but an earned path to citizenship

Crist said that providing a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants will help keep Social Security solvent--an idea he favors over his opponent's suggestion to raise the eligibility age for benefits. Crist told The Associated Press there are as many as 14 million illegal immigrants in the country as part of an underground economy. If they paid into the Social Security system, it would help increase the worker-to-retiree ratio.

"It's certainly worth a very good debate and research," Crist said. "If there are people here that aren't paying into the system, which everyone agrees there are, that's in essence a form of fraud on the system." Crist said he doesn't support amnesty, but rather an "earned path to citizenship." Illegal immigrants would have to apply for citizenship and be placed in line behind people already seeking it.

Source: The Associated Press , May 13, 2010

Seal borders; enforce laws; send illegals to back of line

Q: In 2007, you supported the McCain immigration reform plan. Is Rubio tougher on immigration than you are?

CRIST: I don't think so. We probably agree on this issue. The first thing we need to realize about immigration reform is to make sure that we seal the border. Everything else is an academic conversation unless and until we do that. Second, we need to make sure that we're enforcing the law. Laws on the books don't mean anything if they're not being enforced. And third, those who are already her shouldn't be advantaged by the fact that they got here illegally. They should go to the back of the line, go through the regular process, what the law requires, in order to attain their citizenship.

Q: The immigration reform plan of 2007--you still think those are pretty good ideas?

CRIST: I don't think they're bad ideas. I think that those three principles, though, need to be underscored--protecting the border; enforcing the law that's on the books; and no advantages.

Source: Fox News Sunday 2010 Florida primary Senate debate , Mar 28, 2010

Close the door of illegal immigration; protect our borders

Q: Your views on immigration policies?

GRAHAM: We should have very strong laws against illegal immigration. In terms of legal immigration, our state has benefited greatly. We should continue that tradition of America which recognizes our openness to th refugee-fleeing persecution.

CRIST: I agree with the senator in a lot of that response. I think that it's important that we make sure that we close the door of illegal immigration so that we can keep open the door and the promise of legal immigration. I understand how new blood and new energy and new ideas have made America a better place to live for all of us. And I think it's important that we continue to provide the opportunity for that infusion of new ideas and new blood and a better tomorrow. But we have to make sure that we protect our borders, and we have to make sure that we stop illegal immigration, because we can't afford it.

Source: St. Petersburg Times debate: Bob Graham vs. Charlie Crist , Oct 19, 1998

Other governors on Immigration: Charlie Crist on other issues:
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Alexander Snitker
Jeb Bush
Rick Scott
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Bill Nelson
Marco Rubio

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