Scott Brown on Immigration

Republican Jr Senator

The border is secure when people don't come across it

Sparks flew [at the Senate debate] on the topic of immigration and border security. "The border is secure when people don't come across it," Brown said to the applause of supporters after Todd asked him to define a secure border.

Shaheen attacked Brown's record on abortion rights; Brown, while senator for Massachusetts, supported the Blunt Amendment, which would have allowed any employer with moral objections to opt out of requiring to cover birth control in 2012.

Source: NECN-sponsored 2014 New Hampshire Senate debate , Oct 21, 2014

It's wrong that illegals can just walk across the border

Scott Brown knocks Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D) for supporting "pro-amnesty policies" in his newest ad. In it, Brown speaks direct-to-camera about the fact that, while most Americans go through security for various activities, "folks who come here illegally, they just walk across the border. That's wrong."

He goes on to say that the "pro-amnesty policies of President Obama and Sen. Shaheen" have caused the crisis at the border: "We respond with compassion, but it is time for us to secure the border once and for all, and tell people who try to come here illegally that we intend to enforce the law," Brown concludes.

It's Brown's most policy-focused ad yet--most of his previous ads have focused on an element of his personal narrative as well, as he works to introduce himself to N.H. voters. And it touches on an issue that looks to be a winner for him both in the primary and the general election campaign: immigration reform and the ongoing crisis at the border.

Source: The Hill AdWatch on 2014 New Hampshire Senate race , Jul 28, 2014

DREAM Act provides "back door amnesty"

The two split on immigration. Brown said he supports an overhaul of the nation's immigration laws, but opposes the so-called DREAM Act, which would provide a path to legal status for many young illegal immigrants. He called the proposal "back door amnesty."

Warren said she strongly supports the Dream Act.

Source: Fox News on 2012 Mass. Senate debate , Oct 2, 2012

Tighten our borders; no blanket amnesty

On the AmericansElect immigration question, Sen. Brown chose 'C' from the list below:Staff comment: Senator Brown supports measures to tighten our borders to prevent illegal immigrants from entering the U.S. in the first place. Senator Brown is in favor of improving out legal immigration process so that law abiding citizens of other countries can apply for U.S. citizenship through proper mechanisms. Senator Brown supports Secure Communities, which allows law enforcement to share finger print data with immigration officials. He opposes blanket amnesty for illegal aliens and providing illegal aliens with access to free, government subsidized education.
Source: AmericansElect email questionnaire with Scott Brown's staff , Nov 22, 2011

Opposed two-way bilingual programs; supported English-only

Massachusetts Democratic Party Platform indicates voting YES in Part II: Education:Excellence, Equality & Community. [State Sen. Brown, a Republican, voted NO].

Gov. Romney vetoed budget section 210, which says. "Section 4 of MGL chapter 71A is hereby further amended to add:--"Foreign language classes for children who already know English, 2-way bilingual programs... shall be unaffected." [MGL chapter 71A requires English-only classroom teaching. Section 210 would exempt "2-way classes" in which some students are native English speakers and some are non-native English speakers. A vote to override the Governor's veto would continue to allow that type of bilingual education although foreign-language classes without native English-speaking students woul still be disallowed.]

The relevant part of the MassDems Platform is "We reaffirm our support for classroom programs, including Special and Bilingual Education"

Source citation: Excellence, Equality and Community; Bill Section 209 ; vote number 266

Source: Massachusetts House Journals via MassScorecard.org , Jul 14, 2003

Endorsed by the ALI, indicating a strongly anti-amnesty stance.

Brown is endorsed by by ALIPAC, Americans for Legal Immigration

ALIPAC supporters have a diverse range of opinions, yet we are united in the belief that more should be done to reduce illegal immigration. ALIPAC supports those that legally immigrate, but we DO NOT support any amnesty, visa expansion, or "Guest Worker" program designed to reward illegal aliens or legalize their presence in the US. We support a peaceful, non racist, rule of law approach to resolving illegal immigration. America is a land of generous and caring people, but our hospitality and values are being strained and abused by those who are willing to break the law and take our jobs and our tax dollars. America's illegal alien population will begin to shrink instead of grow if we support candidates that will reflect the will of the vast majority of American citizens.

    FOUR POINT PLATFORM: "Simply enforce our existing immigration laws!"
  1. Secure Our Borders
  2. Crack down on employers that intentionally hire illegals
  3. Remove incentives and rewards to illegals such as licenses, welfare, and other taxpayer benefits
  4. Enforce our existing laws and deport illegal aliens when convicted of crimes or detected during routine law enforcement activities.
Source: ALI website 10-ALI on Nov 2, 2010

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