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Al Franken on Immigration

DFL Jr Senator (MN)


Apologize for stripping citizenship for marrying foreigners

What's the statute of limitation on saying sorry? Franken has some apologizing he'd like to do on behalf of his Senate predecessors.

In 1907, during the rush of European immigration to the US, Congress stripped citizenship from any American woman who married a foreigner. The little-known Expatriation Act stayed on the books until 1940.

Franken would like the Senate to offer, through legislation, its sympathy and regret for passing a law "antithetical to the core principle that all persons, regardless of gender, race, religion, or ethnicity, are created equal."

Franken's office first learned of this blemish in US history from a constituent who was seeking posthumous citizenship for his grandmother. She lost hers when she married a Swedish man in 1914. Franken couldn't accomplish that, so is seeking an official apology as the next best thing.

The Senate doesn't make a habit of seeking absolution, but this would not be the first time it's formally recognized mistakes from America's past.

Source: Washington Post on 2014 Minnesota Senate race , Apr 3, 2014

Support guest worker programs for seasonal jobs

Last year, we saw crops go un-harvested in the Northwest because of the stalemate on immigration reform. But I am leery of guest worker programs that would create a permanent underclass of exploited workers or drive down the wages of American workers. We should re-examine the economic and trade policies contributed to illegal immigration. Working to improve economic conditions in Mexico, which we’ve tried and failed to do with NAFTA, could help reduce the incentive to attempt to enter the US illegally
Source: 2008 Senate campaign website, www.AlFranken.com, “Issues” , May 14, 2008

Enforce immigration law at the worksite, not at the border

The best way to deal with illegal immigration is to enforce--actually enforce--the law at the worksite. No wall is high enough to keep people from coming over it--or under it--if there are jobs waiting on the other side. Source: 2008 Senate campaign website, www.AlFranken.com, “Issues” , Mar 9, 2008

We need comprehensive immigration reform

Source: 2008 Senate campaign website, www.AlFranken.com, “Issues” , Mar 9, 2008

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