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Richard Blumenthal on Immigration

 

 


Enact comprehensive solution; piecemeal approach fails

Q: What is your stand on the current debate surrounding the immigration issue?

BLUMENTHAL: We need to establish a comprehensive, federal solution to our ongoing immigration problem. We must secure our borders, and crack down on employers flouting the law by hiring undocumented immigrants. Piecemeal approaches to fixing this problem by various states are not the answer--Washington must fulfill its responsibility by enacting a comprehensive solution.

McMAHON: I oppose amnesty. I support legal immigration and I believe much of this country's strength and prosperity has come as a result of the immense contributions immigrants have made. We have historically welcomed the best workers and the best minds from every country, and I believe we should continue to do so provided it is done legally. We are a nation built on the rule of law, and immigration laws--like all laws--must be enforced.

Source: Connecticut Jewish Ledger coverage of 2010 CT Senate debate , Sep 29, 2010

Crack down on employers of illegal immigrants

Q: Do you think the state should be cracking down on companies that hire illegal aliens?

A: The federal government has the responsibility for immigration reform and the states have the responsibility for enforcing the labor laws. And both of them should crack down on exploitation of people and hiring of illegal immigrants.

Q: So a restaurant that hires illegal aliens, should the state go after them?

A: Well, the state doesn't have the enforcement responsibility at the present time. They would have to train the state police and divert them for that purpose. And that would be a decision made by the governor, not by me as a US Senator. But if there is any evidence that a business is hiring an illegal alien, there should be investigative steps, whether by state or federal authorities, and there should be a prosecution of the employers.

Source: Interview on WFSB TV-3 "Face the State" , Jul 21, 2010

Comprehensive reform, to avoid patchwork of state laws

The leading Democrat, Richard Blumenthal, carefully avoids the hot-button term "amnesty" in his campaign position, which calls for comprehensive reform and requiring illegal immigrants to jump through all kinds of hoops - including paying back taxes and fines - to gain citizenship. Blumenthal says federal reform is essential to avoid a "patchwork of individual state laws" like Arizona's.
Source: Gregory Hladky in the New Haven Advocate , May 4, 2010

Welcome 10,000 Syrian refugees now, and more later.

Blumenthal co-sponsored S.R.268

Senate Resolution 268 recognizes:

Opponents reasons for voting NAY: (Rep. Ross introductory remarks to opposing bill H.R.4025) "This legislation prohibits taxpayer dollars from being used to admit Syrian refugees to the United States. ISIS carried out a series of violent attacks in Paris, and reports have indicated at least one of the terrorists who committed these atrocities entered Europe by posing as a refugee fleeing Syria. These horrific attacks provide a warning of what can happen on American soil if we do not take appropriate and immediate action. Reliable intelligence about refugees from countries like Syria attempting to enter the United States is clearly unavailable. More than half of our country's governors have taken immediate action to prevent Syrian refugees from settling in their states. Our own intelligence community has expressed concerns about our capabilities to identify threats. The federal government has no greater responsibility than keeping Americans safe."

Source: Senate Resolution proposed by 8 Senators 15-SR268 on Sep 24, 2015

Provide lawyers and evidence for children being deported.

Blumenthal co-sponsored S.2540/H.R.4646

This bill authorizes the Department of Justice (DOJ) to appoint or provide counsel at government expense to aliens in removal proceedings.

  • The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) shall provide an alien in removal proceedings with all relevant documents in its possession, unless the alien has knowingly waived the right to such documents.
  • DOJ may appoint or provide counsel to aliens in any INA proceeding.
  • DHS shall ensure that aliens have access to counsel inside all immigration detention and border facilities.
  • DOJ shall appoint counsel, at government expense if necessary, for an unaccompanied alien child or a particularly vulnerable individual.
  • DHS shall establish a pilot program to increase the court appearance rates of unaccompanied alien children and particularly vulnerable individuals by contracting with nongovernmental, community-based organizations to provide such aliens with case management services.
    Source: Fair Day in Court for Kids Act 16-S2540 on Feb 11, 2016

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