State of Maine Archives: on Immigration
Condemns President's ban on refugees
Maine Atty Gen Janet Mills was among a group of the nation's leading Democratic legal officers who condemned President Trump's executive order restricting refugees from entering this country for 120 days, calling it "unconstitutional, un-American
and unlawful." "We're not talking about people who are our enemies," Mills said. "These are people who have been friendly to the American government." She also called Trump's decision to give preference to refugees who are Christian "disturbing."
Source: Press Herald on 2018 Maine Gubernatorial race
Jan 29, 2017
Legal immigration is good for America; illegal isn't
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Legal immigration is good for America; illegal immigration is not. We should encourage individuals and families to enter our country legally, not the other way around. Our borders and ports should be fully secured to prevent further illegal entry.
Then, we should reform our immigration system to control the number of new non-criminal immigrants who seek the blessings of American freedom and opportunity.
The federal government should institute a system, backed by stiff penalties, to verify that employers only hire workers who are here legally.
Source: 2014 Maine House campaign website, PoliquinForCongress.com
Nov 4, 2014
- Promote legal immigration; discourage illegal entry
- Secure our borders
- Ensure no unfair advantage for illegal immigrants
- Welcome those with specific skills to grow our economy.
Build border fence as high as the Great Wall of China
[Gov. Paul LePage made a visit to a newly-opened call center in Bangor]; the audience was receptive, laughing at his jokes and nodding and clapping when he made comments about his no-holds-barred style and his stance on undocumented immigrants.
He insisted on calling them illegal aliens and explained that "what most people in Maine don't want to acknowledge is that the 'il' makes it unlawful," referring to the spelling of the word "illegal."
"They are going to our schools, and that's a real problem for me," said LePage, who is running against Democrat Mike Michaud and independent Eliot Cutler.
"If we can't build a fence high enough . we ought to go to China and see how they built a wall," he said, which got laughs.
Source: Bangor Daily News on 2014 Maine Gubernatorial debate
Sep 4, 2014
Welcome immigrants, but no welfare for legal non-citizens
Maine was built by immigrants. The energy and aspirations of our immigrant ancestors powered our mills, carved out our farmland and built our shipyards. Maine must always be a welcoming place for those who seek an opportunity to advance
through hard work and self reliance. Despite our heritage, Maine is one of just a few places in the country that offers "welfare-on-day-one," for legal non-citizens.
Source: Maine 2011 State of the State Address
Feb 10, 2011
No citizenship for illegals; yes temporary worker visas
Summers indicates support for the following principles regarding immigration.
Source: Maine Congressional Election 2008 Political Courage Test
Nov 1, 2008
- Establish English as the official national language.
- Support a temporary worker program.
- Support harsher financial punishments for those
who knowingly employ illegal immigrants.
- Illegal immigrants should have to return to their countries of origin before being considered for citizenship.
- Support merit-based visas over family-based visas.
Has not often expressed views on illegal immigration
Immigration: Being that her state only borders Canada and is thousands of miles from the Mexican border, Palin has not often expressed her views publicly on illegal immigration.
Source: WMTW TV-8 Portland Maine, ABC affiliate
Aug 29, 2008
Jean Hay Bright:
Clamp down on undocumented workers via employers
At a time when our federal treasury is hemorrhaging red ink, we have millions of undocumented workers making undocumented money, paying no taxes, but using government services, from schools for their children, to the roads and highways to get to and from
work, to the social services or emergency health care that they do not pay for.
Employers are the key The illegal workers and the employers who hire them are gaming the system. To stop this, we need to clamp down on employers who hire illegal workers
Source: Speech to Southern Maine Labor Council - Portland, Me.
Mar 1, 2006
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