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Mark Dayton on Immigration
Democratic Governor; previously Senator: Click here for 5 full quotes OR click here for Mark Dayton on other issues.
  • Unsnarl the INS bureaucracy to reduce backlog. (Jul 2000)
  • 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 YES on giving Guest Workers a path to citizenship. (May 2006)

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Jim Abeler on Immigration
Republican challenger: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Jim Abeler on other issues.
  • Withhold state aid for sanctuary cities. (Mar 2008)
Al Franken on Immigration
DFL Jr Senator (MN): Click here for 3 full quotes OR click here for Al Franken on other issues.
  • Support guest worker programs for seasonal jobs. (May 2008)
  • Enforce immigration law at the worksite, not at the border. (Mar 2008)
  • We need comprehensive immigration reform. (Mar 2008)
Amy Klobuchar on Immigration
DFL Sr Senator (MN): Click here for 6 full quotes OR click here for Amy Klobuchar on other issues.
  • No amnesty for companies hiring illegal immigrants. (Oct 2006)
  • Opposes Social Security for illegal immigrants. (Oct 2006)
  • Voted YES on continuing federal funds for declared "sanctuary cities". (Mar 2008)
  • Voted YES 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)
Dan Severson on Immigration
Republican Challenger: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Dan Severson on other issues.
  • Secure our borders; deport violent immigrants. (Jan 2012)

House:


Michele Bachmann on Immigration
Republican Representative (MN-6); 2011 GOP frontrunner: Click here for 9 full quotes OR click here for Michele Bachmann on other issues.
  • No visas for members of designated terrorist organizations. (Sep 2012)
  • More visas for skilled engineers; but not for illegal aliens. (Nov 2011)
  • Build a fence on every inch of our southern border. (Sep 2011)
  • It's not the American way to give immigrants rights. (Sep 2011)
  • Our immigration law worked beautifully until 1960s. (Sep 2011)
  • Lack of border fence yields our sovereignty. (Sep 2011)
  • Secure our borders and enforce current laws. (Nov 2006)
  • Rated B+ by the ALI, indicating an acceptably anti-amnesty stance. (Nov 2010)
  • Declare English as the official language of the US. (Feb 2007)
Chip Cravaack on Immigration
Republican (District 8): Click here for the full quote OR click here for Chip Cravaack on other issues.
  • Presence of millions of illegal aliens hurts Americans. (Nov 2010)
Keith Ellison on Immigration
Democrat: Click here for Keith Ellison on other issues.
    No stance on record.
John Kline on Immigration
Republican Representative (MN-2): Click here for 8 full quotes OR click here for John Kline 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 0% by FAIR, indicating a voting record loosening immigration. (Dec 2003)
  • Rated 92% 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)
  • Declare English as the official language of the US. (Feb 2007)
Betty McCollum on Immigration
Democratic Representative (MN-4): Click here for 7 full quotes OR click here for Betty McCollum on other issues.
  • Voted NO 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)
  • Rated 0% by FAIR, indicating a voting record loosening immigration. (Dec 2003)
  • Rated 0% by USBC, indicating an open-border stance. (Dec 2006)
  • Allow more visas for STEM college graduates. (Sep 2012)
Rick Nolan on Immigration
Democrat (District 8): Click here for the full quote OR click here for Rick Nolan on other issues.
  • Opposes exiting US to apply for citizenship. (Sep 2012)
Erik Paulsen on Immigration
Republican (District 3): Click here for Erik Paulsen on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Collin Peterson on Immigration
Democrat/Farmer/Labor Representative (MN-7): Click here for 9 full quotes OR click here for Collin Peterson 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 NO on more immigrant visas for skilled workers. (Sep 1998)
  • Rated 0% by FAIR, indicating a voting record loosening immigration. (Dec 2003)
  • Rated 83% by USBC, indicating a sealed-border stance. (Dec 2006)
  • Declare English as the official language of the US. (Feb 2007)
  • Declared English the official language of the US. (Jan 1999)
Tim Walz on Immigration
Democrat: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Tim Walz on other issues.
  • Supports path to citizenship for undocumented workers. (Nov 2006)

Former candidates & officeholders:


Mike Hatch on Immigration
Former DFL Challenger for Governor (2006): Click here for Mike Hatch on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Tim Pawlenty on Immigration
Republican MN Governor: Click here for 3 full quotes OR click here for Tim Pawlenty on other issues.
  • If feds won't protect border, then let the states do it. (Jun 2011)
  • No pathway to citizenship except military service. (May 2010)
  • Require federal electronic verification for state employment. (Jan 2008)
Joe Arwood on Immigration
Former Republican Primary Challenger (2012): Click here for the full quote OR click here for Joe Arwood on other issues.
  • Vigorously enforce existing federal immigration laws. (Jan 2012)
Anthony Hernandez on Immigration
Former Republican Primary Challenger (2012): Click here for the full quote OR click here for Anthony Hernandez on other issues.
  • Undocumented immigrants consume public resources. (Jan 2012)
Jesse Ventura on Immigration
Former Independent Governor (1999-2002): Click here for 8 full quotes OR click here for Jesse Ventura on other issues.
  • Great Wall of China failed; so will the Great Wall of the US. (Apr 2008)
  • Immigration is an integral part of who we are. (Jul 2000)
  • Official English leads to Official Christianity. (Jul 2000)
  • Emergency medical, but no other services, for illegal imms. (Nov 1998)
  • Grant legal immigrants all benefits of citizens. (Nov 1998)
  • Share costs of legal immigration between states & federal. (Feb 2001)
  • Federal government should deal with criminal repatriation. (Feb 2001)
  • Ease Canadian border-crossing rules. (Oct 1999)
Mike Ciresi on Immigration
Former DFL Senate Challenger (2008): Click here for Mike Ciresi on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Rod Grams on Immigration
Republican Senator (Former): Click here for 3 full quotes OR click here for Rod Grams on other issues.
  • 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)
Mark Kennedy on Immigration
Republican (until 2006) (District 2): Click here for 5 full quotes OR click here for Mark Kennedy on other issues.
  • Good fences make good neighbors. (Oct 2006)
  • Voted YES on building a fence along the Mexican border. (Sep 2006)
  • Voted NO on reporting illegal aliens who receive hospital treatment. (May 2004)
  • Voted YES on extending Immigrant Residency rules. (May 2001)
  • Rated 0% by FAIR, indicating a voting record loosening immigration. (Dec 2003)
Mark Kennedy on Immigration
Republican challenger (2006), U.S. Rep: Click here for 5 full quotes OR click here for Mark Kennedy on other issues.
  • Good fences make good neighbors. (Oct 2006)
  • Voted YES on building a fence along the Mexican border. (Sep 2006)
  • Voted NO on reporting illegal aliens who receive hospital treatment. (May 2004)
  • Voted YES on extending Immigrant Residency rules. (May 2001)
  • Rated 0% by FAIR, indicating a voting record loosening immigration. (Dec 2003)
Walter Mondale on Immigration
Former Democratic Challenger (2002) & Vice President (1981): Click here for Walter Mondale on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Jesse Ventura on Immigration
Independent Senate challenger (2008): Click here for 8 full quotes OR click here for Jesse Ventura on other issues.
  • Great Wall of China failed; so will the Great Wall of the US. (Apr 2008)
  • Immigration is an integral part of who we are. (Jul 2000)
  • Official English leads to Official Christianity. (Jul 2000)
  • Emergency medical, but no other services, for illegal imms. (Nov 1998)
  • Grant legal immigrants all benefits of citizens. (Nov 1998)
  • Share costs of legal immigration between states & federal. (Feb 2001)
  • Federal government should deal with criminal repatriation. (Feb 2001)
  • Ease Canadian border-crossing rules. (Oct 1999)
Paul Wellstone on Immigration
Democratic Senator (Former): Click here for 3 full quotes OR click here for Paul Wellstone on other issues.
  • Voted NO on allowing more foreign workers into the US for farm work. (Jul 1998)
  • Voted NO on visas for skilled workers. (May 1998)
  • Voted NO on limit welfare for immigrants. (Jun 1997)
Dean Barkley on Immigration
Independent Senate challenger: Click here for 3 full quotes OR click here for Dean Barkley on other issues.
  • Opposes Mexico Totalization Agreement & benefits to illegals. (Oct 2008)
  • Donít allow illegal immigrants to earn citizenship. (Aug 2008)
  • Extra federal aid for immigrantsí social services. (Nov 1996)
Ford Bell on Immigration
DFL challenger: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Ford Bell on other issues.
  • Provide illegal immigrants with path to citizenship. (Jan 2006)
Michael Cavlan on Immigration
Green Challenger: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Michael Cavlan on other issues.
  • All who work in US should have path to citizenship. (Aug 2006)
Norm Coleman on Immigration
Republican Sr Senator (MN): Click here for 11 full quotes OR click here for Norm Coleman on other issues.
  • I do not support a path to citizenship. (Nov 2008)
  • No benefits to Mexican citizens without consulting Congress. (Oct 2008)
  • 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 YES 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 25% by USBC, indicating an open-border stance. (Dec 2006)
Mark Dayton on Immigration
Democratic Governor; previously Senator: Click here for 5 full quotes OR click here for Mark Dayton on other issues.
  • Unsnarl the INS bureaucracy to reduce backlog. (Jul 2000)
  • 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 YES on giving Guest Workers a path to citizenship. (May 2006)
Robert Fitzgerald on Immigration
Independence Party Challenger: Click here for 3 full quotes OR click here for Robert Fitzgerald on other issues.
  • Secure the border and enforce same-pay laws for immigrants. (Oct 2006)
  • Show me 50-foot border fence, Iíll show you 51-foot ladder. (Oct 2006)
  • Making bogeymen of illegal immigrants doesnít address issue. (Oct 2006)
Gil Gutknecht on Immigration
Republican (District 1): Click here for 7 full quotes OR click here for Gil Gutknecht 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 YES on more immigrant visas for skilled workers. (Sep 1998)
  • Rated 100% by FAIR, indicating a voting record restricting immigration. (Dec 2003)
  • Declared English the official language of the US. (Jan 1999)
Bill Luther on Immigration
Democrat/Farmer/Labor (District 6): Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Bill Luther on other issues.
  • Voted YES on extending Immigrant Residency rules. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on more immigrant visas for skilled workers. (Sep 1998)
David Minge on Immigration
Democrat/Farmer/Labor (District 2): Click here for the full quote OR click here for David Minge on other issues.
  • Voted YES on more immigrant visas for skilled workers. (Sep 1998)
Jack Nelson-Pallmeyer on Immigration
Democratic Senate challenger: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Jack Nelson-Pallmeyer on other issues.
  • Control border but provide clear path to legalization. (May 2008)
James Niemackl on Immigration
Libertarian Challenger: Click here for the full quote OR click here for James Niemackl on other issues.
  • Donít allow illegal immigrants to earn citizenship. (Aug 2008)
James Oberstar on Immigration
Democrat/Farmer/Labor Representative (MN-8): Click here for 5 full quotes OR click here for James Oberstar on other issues.
  • Voted NO on building a fence along the Mexican border. (Sep 2006)
  • Voted YES on extending Immigrant Residency rules. (May 2001)
  • Voted NO on more immigrant visas for skilled workers. (Sep 1998)
  • Rated 0% by FAIR, indicating a voting record loosening immigration. (Dec 2003)
  • Rated 0% by USBC, indicating an open-border stance. (Dec 2006)
Tim Penny on Immigration
Democrat (1982-1995) (District 1): Click here for Tim Penny on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Jim Ramstad on Immigration
Republican Representative (MN-3): Click here for 11 full quotes OR click here for Jim Ramstad 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)
  • English immersion over bilingual education. (Jul 2001)
  • Rated 100% by FAIR, indicating a voting record restricting immigration. (Dec 2003)
  • Rated 92% by USBC, indicating a sealed-border stance. (Dec 2006)
  • Government services in English only. (Mar 2008)
  • Declare English as the official language of the US. (Feb 2007)
  • Declared English the official language of the US. (Jan 1999)
Martin Sabo on Immigration
Democrat/Farmer/Labor (District 5): Click here for 6 full quotes OR click here for Martin Sabo on other issues.
  • Voted NO 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)
Bruce Vento on Immigration
Democrat/Farmer/Labor (District 4): Click here for the full quote OR click here for Bruce Vento on other issues.
  • Voted YES on more immigrant visas for skilled workers. (Sep 1998)
Patty Wetterling on Immigration
Former DFL challenger, 2004 Congressional nominee: Click here for Patty Wetterling on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Michael Cummins on Immigration
Challenger: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Michael Cummins on other issues.
  • Illegal immigrants are illegal; so donít allow citizenship. (Jul 2008)

                                                                                                                                                                               
  


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