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Christine O`Donnell on Immigration

Republican Challenger


Put virtual fence on border; don't reward those who cheat

Q: [to Coons]: A pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants, you support that, right?

COONS: No. I support a pathway to being here legally. My path forward would be: strengthen the borders; hold employers accountable; then allow a path towards legal residence.

O'DONNELL: He's back tracking on things that he had said earlier on the campaign trail. This administration recently stopped the efforts to put a virtual fence on our border. When Barack Obama is standing with you on a campaign trail this Friday, are you going to tell him that you disagree with him on his immigration reform efforts? I believe that securing our borders should be our first priority. America is a magnet for those all over the world, and therefore, I support a legal pathway to those who are coming over here, especially for political asylum, to seek a better life than they do in our country. And to reward those who break our laws is to cheat those who honor them.

Source: CNN's Wolf Blitzer moderating 2010 Delaware Senate debate , Oct 13, 2010

Ease pathway to citizenship for legal immigrants

Q: You say that you agreed to the pathway to citizenship?

O'DONNELL: For legal [immigrants].

Q: But you don't want to provide amnesty.

O'DONNELL: I don't want to provide amnesty.

Q: How can you do one without the other?

O'DONNELL: Because what I'm saying is we have to get rid of all the bureaucratic messes that make the legal pathway difficult. But when someone willingly breaks our laws, that sends a message: "Don't worry about the laws that we've set up; don't worry about those who are on lon waiting lists for political asylum; break our laws and we'll grant you these benefits." It's sending the wrong message. It's economically hurting us. And it's also a national security issue.

COONS: Ms. O'Donnell patently mischaracterizes her own position.

O'DONNELL: I do support responsible guest worker programs. And that's the difference.

COONS: If you can reconcile all those comments, you're an even more talented reporter than I think you are.

Source: CNN's Wolf Blitzer moderating 2010 Delaware Senate debate , Oct 13, 2010

Employer penalties for hiring illegal aliens

Christine O’Donnell will fight to secure our nation’s seaports and borders to defend our families from terrorism and from drugs. Christine will demand that employers obey the law, just as the rest of us must obey the law, with meaningful penalties for hiring illegal aliens. Christine will fight to make English America’s official language for all governmental purposes. We cannot be one people without speaking one language in common.
Source: 2008 Senate campaign website, christineodonnell08.com , Aug 12, 2008

Make English America’s ONE official language

Christine O’Donnell will fight to secure our nation’s seaports and borders to defend our families from terrorism and from drugs. Christine will demand that employers obey the law, just as the rest of us must obey the law, with meaningful penalties for hiring illegal aliens. Christine will fight to make English America’s official language for all governmental purposes. We cannot be one people without speaking ONE language in common.
Source: 2008 Senate campaign website, christineodonnell08.com , Aug 8, 2008

Opposes granting amnesty to illegal immigrants.

O'Donnell opposes the F2A survey question on amnesty

Faith2Action.org is "the nation's largest network of pro-family groups." They provide election resources for each state, including Voter Guides and Congressional Scorecards excerpted here. The Faith2Action survey summarizes candidate stances on the following topic: 'Granting amnesty to illegal immigrants '

Source: Faith2Action Survey 10-FF-q12b on Sep 19, 2010

Supports full implementation of current border security laws.

O'Donnell supports the F2A survey question on borders

Faith2Action.org is "the nation's largest network of pro-family groups." They provide election resources for each state, including Voter Guides and Congressional Scorecards excerpted here. The Faith2Action survey summarizes candidate stances on the following topic: 'Full implementation of current border security laws'

Source: Faith2Action Survey 10-FF-q12c on Sep 19, 2010

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