Herman Cain on Immigration

Republican Businessman & Talk-Show Host

Insecure border is a national security threat

CAIN: An insecure border is a national security threat for the following reasons.
  1. We know that terrorists have come into this country by way of Mexico.
  2. 40% of the people in Mexico, according to a survey, already believe that their country is a failed state.
  3. The number of people killed in Mexico last year equals the number of people killed in Afghanistan and Iraq combined.
So let's solve the whole problem.
  1. Secure the border for real.
  2. Enforce the laws that are already there. We don't need new laws.
  3. Promote the current path to citizenship. Clean up the bureaucracy in Washington, D.C. so people can come through the front door instead of sneaking in the side door.
  4. Deal with the illegals that are already here, empower the states to do what the federal government is not capable of doing.
Source: 2011 CNN National Security GOP primary debate , Nov 22, 2011

Yes on fence, no on electrifying it

Q: You got a lot of headlines by saying you would have an electrified fence. You then later said it was a joke. And then last night, you said, "It might be electrified. I'm not walking away from that." So would you build an electrified fence?

CAIN: Allow me to give a serious answer. Yes, I believe we should secure the border for real, and it would be a combination of a fence, technology, as well as possibly boots on the ground for some of the more dangerous areas. I don't apologize at all for wanting to protect the American citizens and to protect our agents on the border, no. Secondly, I believe in: let's solve the whole problem. We must shut the back door so people can come in the front door. Secondly, promote the existing path to citizenship by cleaning up the bureaucracy in Washington, D.C. Thirdly, enforce the laws--the immigration laws that are already on the books. And empower the states to do what the federal government is not doing in terms of enforcing those laws.

Source: GOP 2011 primary debate in Las Vegas , Oct 18, 2011

Secure the border with more boots on the ground

I do believe we can secure the border with a combination of boots on the ground, technology, and a fence, but we've got three other problems. And to get to it, we've got to secure the border.

Secondly, let's promote the path to citizenship that's already there. We don't need a new one, we just need to clean up the bureaucracy that's slowing the process down and discouraging people.

The third thing we need to do, enforce the laws that are there, and the way we do it, empower the states. I believe that the people closest to the problem are the best ones to be able to solve that problem. Empower the states to do what the federal government hasn't done, can't do, and won't do. This is how we solve the entire problem.

Source: 2011 GOP debate in Simi Valley CA at the Reagan Library , Sep 7, 2011

We have a path to citizenship: it's called legal immigration

Q: When Pres. Obama joked about protecting the borders with alligators and a moat, not only did you embrace the idea, you upped the ante with "a 20-foot barbed wire electrified fence." Were you serious?

A: America has got to learn how to take a joke. But allow me to give you my real solution to the immigration problem. I happen to believe that is four problems.

  1. Yes, we must secure the border with whatever means necessary.
  2. Enforce the laws that are there.
  3. Promote the path to citizenship that's already there. We have a path to citizenship for illegal aliens. It's called legal immigration.
  4. And then, I happen to agree with empowering the states and allow them to deal with that issue. If we work on the right problem, we will be able to solve it.
And in the case of immigration, we've got four problems that we need to work on simultaneously. We can have high fences and wide open doors, all at the same time.
Source: Iowa Straw Poll 2011 GOP debate in Ames Iowa , Aug 11, 2011

Not right to sue Arizona for trying to protect themselves

I want to share with you my three guiding principles so you know what type of leader I will be. Three of my guiding principles that have guided my life; guided the decisions I made when I was running companies; and guided my family.
Source: 2011 Faith and Freedom Conference , Jun 4, 2011

Secure our borders; enforce our laws

Americans have embraced their role as the world's premier "melting pot," welcoming immigrants from every corner of the planet. We readily learn about other cultures, customs and beliefs. We appreciate those who are willing to come to this country and mak America a more vibrant and enriched place.

Americans do resent, however, the willingness of some to circumvent our laws and enter our nation illegally. While many, if not most, illegal immigrants are peaceful people simply seeking to provide for their families, some are not. In fact, some are quite dangerous, jeopardizing the safety and well-being of American citizens.

Illegal immigration also puts a tremendous strain on America's entitlement and health care systems. In fact, several hospitals in the U.S. have declared bankruptcy as a result of the costs of caring for illegal immigrants.

We must secure our borders, enforce our laws and promote the existing path to citizenship.

Source: Campaign website, www.hermancain.com/ "Issues" , May 21, 2011

Where's the fence? Not in the Immigration Bill!

The Comprehensive Immigration Bill debated in the Senate last week was dead on arrival. Most regular folks kept screaming, "Where's the fence?"

The Immigration Bill was supposed to be good compromise legislation. It is just bad legislation with different agendas glued together, while not emphasizing enough of the public's number one priority - the fence! Not just wire, wood and concrete, but all the technologies we have available to stop the rampant inflow of illegal aliens into this country.

Source: Political column, THE New Voice, "Immigration Bill" , Jun 11, 2007

Other candidates on Immigration: Herman Cain on other issues:
Pres.Barack Obama
V.P.Joe Biden
GOP Candidates:
Rep.Michele Bachmann(MN)
Herman Cain(GA)
Rep.Newt Gingrich(GA)
Gov.Jon Huntsman(UT)
Gov.Gary Johnson(NM)
Rep.Thaddeus McCotter(MI)
Rep.Ron Paul(TX)
Gov.Rick Perry(TX)
Gov.Buddy Roemer(LA)
Gov.Mitt Romney(MA)
Sen.Rick Santorum(PA)
GOP Withdrawals:
Gov.Haley Barbour(MS)
Gov.Chris Cristie(NJ)
Mayor Rudy Giuliani(NYC)
Gov.Mike Huckabee(AR)
Gov.Bobby Jindal(LA)
Gov.Sarah Palin(AK)
Gov.Tim Pawlenty(MN)
Donald Trump(NY)
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