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Bill Haslam on Immigration
Republican Governor: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Bill Haslam on other issues.
  • Federal government immigration policy has failed. (Nov 2010)

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Lamar Alexander on Immigration
Republican Sr Senator (TN); previously candidate for President: Click here for 12 full quotes OR click here for Lamar Alexander on other issues.
  • No federal money to Mexico for multinational workers. (Oct 2008)
  • Enforce against illegal immigrants; appreciate legal ones. (Jul 1996)
  • Voted NO on continuing federal funds for declared "sanctuary cities". (Mar 2008)
  • Voted NO on comprehensive immigration reform. (Jun 2007)
  • Voted YES on declaring English as the official language of the US government. (Jun 2007)
  • Voted NO on eliminating the "Y" nonimmigrant guestworker program. (May 2007)
  • Voted YES on building a fence along the Mexican border. (Sep 2006)
  • Voted NO on establishing a Guest Worker program. (May 2006)
  • Voted NO on allowing illegal aliens to participate in Social Security. (May 2006)
  • Voted YES on giving Guest Workers a path to citizenship. (May 2006)
  • Rated 50% by USBC, indicating a mixed record on open borders. (Dec 2006)
  • Increase limitations for H-1B, H-2B, and L-visas. (Apr 2008)
Joe Carr on Immigration
Republican Challenger: Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Joe Carr on other issues.
  • Refugees cost millions in school & medical costs. (Nov 2013)
  • Illegal immigration turns American dream into nightmare. (Nov 2013)
Mark Clayton on Immigration
Democratic Nominee: Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Mark Clayton on other issues.
  • Protect our system from being replicated in Spanish. (Jul 2008)
  • Deportation, with civil rights, for illegal immigrants. (Jul 2008)
Bob Corker on Immigration
Republican Jr Senator: Click here for 7 full quotes OR click here for Bob Corker on other issues.
  • Use technology to improve fence along Mexican border. (Oct 2006)
  • Fired four illegal immigrants as soon as contract allowed. (Oct 2006)
  • Control our borders and patrol our points of entry. (Jan 2006)
  • Voted NO on continuing federal funds for declared "sanctuary cities". (Mar 2008)
  • Voted NO on comprehensive immigration reform. (Jun 2007)
  • Voted YES on declaring English as the official language of the US government. (Jun 2007)
  • Voted NO on eliminating the "Y" nonimmigrant guestworker program. (May 2007)
Zach Poskevich on Immigration
Republican Senate Challenger: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Zach Poskevich on other issues.
  • Return illegals to their countries of origin. (Mar 2012)

House:


Diane Black on Immigration
Republican (District 6): Click here for 3 full quotes OR click here for Diane Black on other issues.
  • by the ALI, indicating a strongly anti-amnesty stance. (Nov 2010)
  • Opposes a pathway to citizenship. (Nov 2010)
  • No birthright citizenship unless one parent is an American. (Jan 2013)
Marsha Blackburn on Immigration
Republican Representative (TN-7): Click here for 8 full quotes OR click here for Marsha Blackburn on other issues.
  • Voted YES on building a fence along the Mexican border. (Sep 2006)
  • Voted YES on preventing tipping off Mexicans about Minuteman Project. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted YES on reporting illegal aliens who receive hospital treatment. (May 2004)
  • Rated 100% by FAIR, indicating a voting record restricting immigration. (Dec 2003)
  • Rated 100% by USBC, indicating a sealed-border stance. (Dec 2006)
  • Government services in English only. (Mar 2008)
  • Rated A by the ALI, indicating a strongly anti-amnesty stance. (Nov 2010)
  • Declare English as the official language of the US. (Feb 2007)
Steve Cohen on Immigration
Democrat: Click here for Steve Cohen on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Jim Cooper on Immigration
Democratic Representative (TN-5): Click here for 5 full quotes OR click here for Jim Cooper on other issues.
  • Voted YES on building a fence along the Mexican border. (Sep 2006)
  • Voted YES on preventing tipping off Mexicans about Minuteman Project. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted NO on reporting illegal aliens who receive hospital treatment. (May 2004)
  • Rated 0% by FAIR, indicating a voting record loosening immigration. (Dec 2003)
  • Rated 50% by USBC, indicating a mixed record on open borders. (Dec 2006)
Scott DesJarlais on Immigration
Republican (District 4): Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Scott DesJarlais on other issues.
  • Plan for illegals: one way ticket out of US. (Nov 2010)
  • Opposes a pathway to citizenship. (Nov 2010)
Jimmy Duncan on Immigration
Republican Representative (TN-2): Click here for 13 full quotes OR click here for Jimmy Duncan on other issues.
  • Voted YES on building a fence along the Mexican border. (Sep 2006)
  • Voted YES on preventing tipping off Mexicans about Minuteman Project. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted YES on reporting illegal aliens who receive hospital treatment. (May 2004)
  • Voted NO on extending Immigrant Residency rules. (May 2001)
  • Voted NO on more immigrant visas for skilled workers. (Sep 1998)
  • No student visas from countries that support terrorism. (Jan 2003)
  • Rated 100% by FAIR, indicating a voting record restricting immigration. (Dec 2003)
  • Rated 100% by USBC, indicating a sealed-border stance. (Dec 2006)
  • Government services in English only. (Mar 2008)
  • End Birthright Citizenship; no more anchor babies. (Apr 2009)
  • by the ALI, indicating a strongly anti-amnesty stance. (Nov 2010)
  • Declare English as the official language of the US. (Feb 2007)
  • Declared English the official language of the US. (Jan 1999)
Stephen Fincher on Immigration
Republican (District 8): Click here for the full quote OR click here for Stephen Fincher on other issues.
  • Illegal immigration undermines our law & our labor force. (Nov 2010)
Chuck Fleischmann on Immigration
Republican (District 3): Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Chuck Fleischmann on other issues.
  • Complete the fence; more border enforcement agents. (Nov 2010)
  • Opposes a pathway to citizenship. (Nov 2010)
Phil Roe on Immigration
Republican (District 1): Click here for 3 full quotes OR click here for Phil Roe on other issues.
  • Secure the border or we’ll never solve the problem. (Nov 2008)
  • Rated A- by the ALI, indicating a strongly anti-amnesty stance. (Nov 2010)
  • No birthright citizenship unless one parent is an American. (Jan 2013)

Former candidates & officeholders:


Phil Bredesen on Immigration
Democratic TN Governor: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Phil Bredesen on other issues.
  • Develop sensible, uniform national policies for immigration. (Nov 2006)
Don Sundquist on Immigration
Former Republican Governor (1995-2002): Click here for 3 full quotes OR click here for Don Sundquist on other issues.
  • Share costs of legal immigration between states & federal. (Feb 2001)
  • Federal government should deal with criminal repatriation. (Feb 2001)
  • Import farm workers from Mexico. (Sep 2001)
Ed Bryant on Immigration
Republican challenger (2006), previously U.S. Rep: Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Ed Bryant on other issues.
  • Voted YES on extending Immigrant Residency rules. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on more immigrant visas for skilled workers. (Sep 1998)
Bob Clement on Immigration
Former Democratic Senate Nominee (2002): Click here for 3 full quotes OR click here for Bob Clement on other issues.
  • Voted YES on extending Immigrant Residency rules. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on more immigrant visas for skilled workers. (Sep 1998)
  • Declared English the official language of the US. (Jan 1999)
Bill Frist on Immigration
Republican Senate Majority Leader (TN, retiring 2006): Click here for 8 full quotes OR click here for Bill Frist on other issues.
  • Crafted bipartisan compromise immigration bill. (May 2006)
  • Voted YES on building a fence along the Mexican border. (Sep 2006)
  • Voted YES on establishing a Guest Worker program. (May 2006)
  • Voted NO on allowing illegal aliens to participate in Social Security. (May 2006)
  • Voted NO on giving Guest Workers a path to citizenship. (May 2006)
  • Voted YES on allowing more foreign workers into the US for farm work. (Jul 1998)
  • Voted YES on visas for skilled workers. (May 1998)
  • Voted YES on limit welfare for immigrants. (Jun 1997)
Tipper Gore on Immigration
Democratic Candidate (Former): Click here for Tipper Gore on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Van Hilleary on Immigration
Republican challenger (2006), previously U.S. Rep: Click here for 3 full quotes OR click here for Van Hilleary on other issues.
  • We MUST STOP the massive illegal immigration. (Jan 2006)
  • Voted NO on more immigrant visas for skilled workers. (Sep 1998)
  • Declared English the official language of the US. (Jan 1999)
Bill Jenkins on Immigration
Republican (Retired 2006) (District 1): Click here for 6 full quotes OR click here for Bill Jenkins on other issues.
  • Voted YES on building a fence along the Mexican border. (Sep 2006)
  • Voted YES on preventing tipping off Mexicans about Minuteman Project. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted YES on reporting illegal aliens who receive hospital treatment. (May 2004)
  • Voted YES on extending Immigrant Residency rules. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on more immigrant visas for skilled workers. (Sep 1998)
  • Rated 100% by FAIR, indicating a voting record restricting immigration. (Dec 2003)
Rosalind Kurita on Immigration
Former Democratic challenger (2006): Click here for Rosalind Kurita on other issues.
    No stance on record.
James Quillen on Immigration
Republican Former (1994-) (District 1): Click here for James Quillen on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Fred Thompson on Immigration
Former Republican Senator; 2004 candidate for Pres.: Click here for 16 full quotes OR click here for Fred Thompson on other issues.
  • We should be a nation of high fences & wide gates. (Nov 2010)
  • Special status for illegals disrespects legal immigrants. (Dec 2007)
  • Focus on chain migration, not anchor babies. (Dec 2007)
  • Pledges to veto any immigration bill that involves amnesty. (Nov 2007)
  • Voted for law to abolish sanctuary cities. (Oct 2007)
  • Secure our borders and end “sanctuary cities”. (Sep 2007)
  • Protecting our border is part of being a sovereign nation. (Sep 2007)
  • Eliminate welfare incentives for illegal immigrants. (Sep 2007)
  • Immigration reform failed because feds lost credibility. (Sep 2007)
  • Immigration in large part has to do with national security. (Aug 2007)
  • Opposes amnesty in any form. (Jun 2007)
  • Nation loses sovereignty if it cannot secure its own borders. (Apr 2007)
  • Can’t round up 12M illegals, so focus on preventing next 12M. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted YES on allowing more foreign workers into the US for farm work. (Jul 1998)
  • Voted YES on visas for skilled workers. (May 1998)
  • Voted YES on limit welfare for immigrants. (Jun 1997)
Ed Bryant on Immigration
Republican (District 7): Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Ed Bryant on other issues.
  • Voted YES on extending Immigrant Residency rules. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on more immigrant visas for skilled workers. (Sep 1998)
Bob Clement on Immigration
Democrat (District 5): Click here for 3 full quotes OR click here for Bob Clement on other issues.
  • Voted YES on extending Immigrant Residency rules. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on more immigrant visas for skilled workers. (Sep 1998)
  • Declared English the official language of the US. (Jan 1999)
David Davis on Immigration
Republican: Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for David Davis on other issues.
  • Stop the flow of illegal immigrants. (Nov 2006)
  • Declare English as the official language of the US. (Feb 2007)
Lincoln Davis on Immigration
Democratic Representative (TN-4): Click here for 6 full quotes OR click here for Lincoln Davis on other issues.
  • Voted YES on building a fence along the Mexican border. (Sep 2006)
  • Voted YES on preventing tipping off Mexicans about Minuteman Project. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted NO on reporting illegal aliens who receive hospital treatment. (May 2004)
  • Rated 0% by FAIR, indicating a voting record loosening immigration. (Dec 2003)
  • Rated 67% by USBC, indicating a mixed record on open borders. (Dec 2006)
  • Declare English as the official language of the US. (Feb 2007)
Harold Ford on Immigration
Democrat (District 9): Click here for 7 full quotes OR click here for Harold Ford on other issues.
  • Claims Corker hired four illegal immigrants. (Oct 2006)
  • Voted YES on building a fence along the Mexican border. (Sep 2006)
  • Voted YES on preventing tipping off Mexicans about Minuteman Project. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted NO on reporting illegal aliens who receive hospital treatment. (May 2004)
  • Voted YES on extending Immigrant Residency rules. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on more immigrant visas for skilled workers. (Sep 1998)
  • Rated 0% by FAIR, indicating a voting record loosening immigration. (Dec 2003)
Harold Ford-TN on Immigration
2006 Democratic challenger, Former U.S. Rep: Click here for Harold Ford-TN on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Bart Gordon on Immigration
Democratic Representative (TN-6): Click here for 6 full quotes OR click here for Bart Gordon on other issues.
  • Voted YES on building a fence along the Mexican border. (Sep 2006)
  • Voted YES on preventing tipping off Mexicans about Minuteman Project. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted NO on reporting illegal aliens who receive hospital treatment. (May 2004)
  • Voted YES on more immigrant visas for skilled workers. (Sep 1998)
  • Rated 0% by FAIR, indicating a voting record loosening immigration. (Dec 2003)
  • Rated 58% by USBC, indicating a mixed record on open borders. (Dec 2006)
Bo Heyward on Immigration
Independent challenger: Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Bo Heyward on other issues.
  • Illegal immigration is harmful to the welfare of US citizens. (Apr 2006)
  • End illegal immigrants leeching off Americans. (Apr 2006)
Van Hilleary on Immigration
Republican (District 4): Click here for 3 full quotes OR click here for Van Hilleary on other issues.
  • We MUST STOP the massive illegal immigration. (Jan 2006)
  • Voted NO on more immigrant visas for skilled workers. (Sep 1998)
  • Declared English the official language of the US. (Jan 1999)
Chris Lugo on Immigration
Green challenger: Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Chris Lugo on other issues.
  • Treat immigrant workers fairly with regards to benefits. (Oct 2008)
  • I support a path to citizenship for all immigrants. (Aug 2006)
Mike Padgett on Immigration
Democratic Challenger: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Mike Padgett on other issues.
  • Immigration reform that’s fair, tough, & practical. (Jun 2008)
John Tanner on Immigration
Democratic Representative (TN-8): Click here for 7 full quotes OR click here for John Tanner on other issues.
  • Voted YES on building a fence along the Mexican border. (Sep 2006)
  • Voted YES on preventing tipping off Mexicans about Minuteman Project. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted NO on reporting illegal aliens who receive hospital treatment. (May 2004)
  • Voted YES on extending Immigrant Residency rules. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on more immigrant visas for skilled workers. (Sep 1998)
  • Rated 0% by FAIR, indicating a voting record loosening immigration. (Dec 2003)
  • Rated 75% by USBC, indicating a sealed-border stance. (Dec 2006)
Bob Tuke on Immigration
Democratic challenger: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Bob Tuke on other issues.
  • More border security; more enforcement. (Apr 2008)
Zach Wamp on Immigration
Republican Representative (TN-3): Click here for 9 full quotes OR click here for Zach Wamp on other issues.
  • Voted YES on building a fence along the Mexican border. (Sep 2006)
  • Voted YES on preventing tipping off Mexicans about Minuteman Project. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted YES on reporting illegal aliens who receive hospital treatment. (May 2004)
  • Voted NO on more immigrant visas for skilled workers. (Sep 1998)
  • Rated 100% by FAIR, indicating a voting record restricting immigration. (Dec 2003)
  • Rated 100% by USBC, indicating a sealed-border stance. (Dec 2006)
  • End Birthright Citizenship; no more anchor babies. (Apr 2009)
  • Declare English as the official language of the US. (Feb 2007)
  • Declared English the official language of the US. (Jan 1999)
Kenneth Eaton on Immigration
Democratic Senate challenger: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Kenneth Eaton on other issues.
  • No deportation; embrace immigrants & correct our mistakes. (May 2008)

                                                                                                                                                                               
  


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