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Grace Ross on Immigration


Illegal immigrants pay taxes like the rest of us

Q: Would you allow illegal immigrants to pay in-state tuition rates at public colleges?

ROSS: In fact, immigrants who work here pay taxes here. Most of the taxes we're all paying are property taxes and things like that, they pay all of those things. The issue is why there isn't enough money for tuition in general. We've listened to all these stories, oh I'm going to cut a little bit here, or oh, we're going to roll back the income tax. We're blaming immigrants for state policy that's hurt all of us.

Source: 2006 MA Gubernatorial debate on Fox News with Chris Wallace Sep 25, 2006

Illegal immigration is only an issue because of jobs

Q: Should illegals be issued drivers licenses?

ROSS: Well it's funny, of course it's about jobs. This issue never gets raised except when there aren't enough jobs and the jobs aren't paying enough. So what we really need to look at is what's happened to our economy. Cities and towns are starved for money. We can't afford our rents. Then we end up fighting about some immigrants.

Source: 2006 MA Gubernatorial debate on Fox News with Chris Wallace Sep 25, 2006

Allow in-state tuition for undocumented immigrants

Q: How would you have voted on the Jan 11, 2006 House vote: Allowing in-state tuition for undocumented immigrants?

A: YES, absolutely and I have worked in support of its passage. Denying children here (many of whom have no pathway to gain citizenship right now), many of whom have grown up here, only ensures that these now young adults will have no way to participate economically and contribute their greatest potential to their and all of our benefit.

Source: Email interview with Jul 6, 2006

Other governors on Immigration: Grace Ross on other issues:
AK Frank Murkowski
AL Bob Riley
AR Mike Huckabee
AZ Janet Napolitano
CA Arnold Schwarzenegger
CO Bill Owens
CT Jodi Rell
DE Ruth Ann Minner
FL Jeb Bush
GA Sonny Perdue
HI Linda Lingle
IA Tom Vilsack
ID Dirk Kempthorne
IL Rod Blagojevich
IN Mitch Daniels
KS Kathleen Sebelius
KY Ernie Fletcher
LA Kathleen Blanco
MA Mitt Romney
MD Bob Ehrlich
ME John Baldacci
MI Jennifer Granholm
MN Tim Pawlenty
MO Matt Blunt
MS Haley Barbour
MT Brian Schweitzer
NC Mike Easley
ND John Hoeven
NE Dave Heineman
NH John Lynch
NJ Jon Corzine
NM Bill Richardson
NV Kenny Guinn
NY George Pataki
OH Bob Taft
OK Brad Henry
OR Ted Kulongoski
PA Ed Rendell
RI Don Carcieri
SC Mark Sanford
SD Mike Rounds
TN Phil Bredesen
TX Rick Perry
UT Jon Huntsman
VA Tim Kaine
VT Jim Douglas
WA Christine Gregoire
WI Jim Doyle
WV Joe Manchin III
WY Dave Freudenthal
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