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Ending the Tide of Illegal Immigration

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Ending the Tide of Illegal Immigration

 

The number of illegal immigrants in the U.S. has exploded in the last decade from 3 million to over 12 million. We must secure the border, implement an enforceable employer verification system, punish Sanctuary cities and reject amnesty if we are to restore Americans’ faith in the rule of law.

 

CHALLENGE : The number of illegal immigrants in the U.S. has exploded in the last decade from 3 million to over 12 million. The increasing tide of illegal Immigration has eroded Americans' faith in the rule of law, put great pressure on our health and education systems, and compromised our national security as our ability to secure our border is questioned around the world. This tide of illegal Immigration has made a mockery of our legal Immigration system and been fundamentally unfair to those legal immigrants who play by the rules as they wait patiently to pursue the American dream. Sanctuary cities, in particular, attract more illegal immigrants and increase the pressure on federal law enforcement and border control.GOVERNOR ROMNEY: "The current system puts up a concrete wall to the best and brightest, yet those without skill or education are able to walk across the border. We must reform the current Immigration laws so we can secure our borders, implement a mandatory biometrically-enabled and tamperproof documentation and employment-verification system, and increase legal Immigration into America." (David Yepsen, Op-Ed, "So Far, Romney's Been Most Impressive Republican," Des Moines Register, 7/11/2007) Secure The Border. Follow through on Congressional commitment to build a physical and technological fence along the southern border, and secure other points of entry. Implement An Enforceable Employer Verification System. Issue a biometrically-enabled and tamperproof card to non-citizens and create a national database for non-citizens so employers can easily verify their legal status in this country. Reject Amnesty. Do not give amnesty or any special pathway to those who have come to this country illegally. Punish Sanctuary cities. Cut back federal funding to cities that are "sanctuaries" for illegal immigrants and refuse to comply with federal law or aid federal law enforcement. Improve Interior Enforcement. Provide resources to enforce Immigration laws throughout the nation, and crackdown on employers who continue to hire illegals with stiffer fines and penalties. Encourage Legal Immigration**. Streamline the system to recruit and retain skilled workers and welcome the best and the brightest from around the world to our universities.  


GOVERNOR ROMNEY: "I was at the San Diego border and met with our Border Patrol agents. They told me that more than a half of those that try and come across those fences are able to do so. They said there's no way to stop them at the border, unless you close down the magnets. And the magnets are Sanctuary cities and having employers sign people up that have come here illegally to do work here. You have to end Sanctuary cities. You have to cut back on federal funding to cities that continue to call themselves Sanctuary cities and welcome people in, as New York has done. And you have to say to employers that hire people illegally, 'That's also going to be sanctioned.' This is the way we're going to have to finally end it. And the other key point is this, which is having amnesty and saying to individuals, as the mayor has said, if you come here and you're willing to work here and pay taxes, we'll sign you up. That's not the right message. We've got to enforce the law, welcoming legal Immigration but ending illegal Immigration." (Fox News, Republican Presidential Candidate Debate, Durham, NH, 9/5/2007)


Mitt Romney Immigration Stance

1994

  • "In 1994, when he tried to unseat Ted Kennedy, he ran against higher taxes and government-run health care, and for school choice, a balanced budget amendment, welfare reform, and "tougher measures to stop illegal immigration." He was no Rockefeller Republican even then."
    • National Review - Romney for President

2002 

  • "The Mitt Romney who hit the campaign trail in 2002...was now a media star - People magazine would soon name him one of the 50 Most Beautiful People in the World... He favored the death penalty and an initiative petition to replace bilingual education with English immersion; "
    • The Boston Globe - Taking office, remaining an outsider
  • In June 2002, Mitt Romney Said "The Approach Of English Immersion Is One That I Support. … I Would Make English Immersion The Educational Norm For All Non-Native English 

Speakers."  

  • John McElhenny, "Mitt Romney Endorses 'English Immersion' Education Plan," The Associated Press, 6/4/02

 

2003

  • 05-01-2003, ROMNEY VOWS TO PROTECT ENGLISH IMMERSION LAW
  • “The voters have spoken loud and clear on the issue of bilingual education. We need to respect the wishes of the people of Massachusetts and recognize that immersion creates a level playing field in our classrooms that allows non-English speakers to succeed.”
  • Governor Romney Fought Efforts To Weaken Massachusetts' English Immersion Law.  "But yesterday, Romney press secretary Shawn Feddeman said the governor will fight all attempts to slow the implementation of English immersion, known on the ballot as Question 2. … 'He will veto anything that weakens or delays English immersion,' Feddeman said."
    • Anand Vaishnav, "Romney Firm On English Timetable," The Boston Globe, 1/24/03
  • Governor Romney Opposed Efforts To Give Driver's Licenses To Illegal Immigrants.  "'Those who are here illegally should not receive tacit support from our government that gives an indication of legitimacy,' the governor said, echoing arguments that opponents have voiced in the Commonwealth and in other states considering similar license measures. 'If they are here illegally, they should not get driver's licenses,' he said."  
    • Scott S. Greenberger, "Romney Stand Dims Chances Of License For Undocumented," The Boston Globe, 10/28/03 

2004

  • Romney vetoed a bill in 2004 that would have allowed illegal immigrants to obtain in-state tuition rates at state colleges if they graduated from a Massachusetts high school after attending it for at least three years and signed an affidavit affirming that they intended to seek citizenship. Romney vowed to veto the bill again if it ever made it to his desk, arguing that the bill would cost the state government $15 million and that the state should not reward illegal immigration.
  • "Romney also rejected a proposal to allow undocumented immigrants to pay in-state tuition rates at state colleges and universities" (2004)
  • Governor Romney Vetoed In-State Tuition For Illegal Immigrants.  "Romney also vetoed a number of outside sections of the budget, including:…A plan that would have permitted illegal aliens to pay the same in-state tuition rate at our public colleges and universities as Massachusetts citizens."  
    • Office Of The Governor, "Romney Signs $22.402B Fiscal Year 2005 'No New Tax' Budget," Press Release, 6/25/04 

 

2005

  • 01-28-2005, ROMNEY EXPANDS ADULT BASIC EDUCATION FOR IMMIGRANTS 
  • “For generations of immigrants, learning English has been the key to unlocking the American Dream. My proposal will give thousands more the opportunity to achieve success for themselves and their families.”

 

  • "The current system puts up a concrete wall to the best and brightest, yet those without skill or education are able to walk across the border. We must reform the current immigration laws so we can secure our borders...and increase legal immigration into America."
    • Governor Mitt Romney

2006

  • 12-13-2006; GOVERNOR ROMNEY, ICE SIGN IMMIGRATION ENFORCEMENT PACT; Agreement permits specially trained State Troopers to enforce federal immigration law 
  • “The scope of our nation’s illegal immigration problem requires us to pursue and implement new solutions wherever possible. State troopers are highly trained professionals who are prepared to assist the federal government in apprehending immigration violators without disrupting their normal law enforcement routines.”
  • “Governor Mitt Romney has reached an agreement with federal authorities that allows the Massachusetts State Police to arrest immigrants who are in the state illegally, his spokesman said...
  • “Under the deal, brokered after months of negotiations, troopers can detain people they determine are illegal immigrants during regular police duties, Fehrnstrom said...
  • “In June, when Romney announced he was seeking the deal, he said it would give the State Police a way of "finding and detaining illegal aliens in the ordinary course of business." ”
  • Governor Romney:  "You've got to have a wall or fence or electronic surveillance. You have got to make sure we secure our border, that's first."
    • Fox News' "The O'Reilly Factor," 9/19/06
  • "The current system puts up a concrete wall to the best and brightest, yet those without skill or education are able to walk across the border. We must reform the current immigration laws so we can secure our borders, implement a mandatory biometrically-enabled and tamper-proof documentation and employment-verification system, and increase legal immigration into America."
    • David Yepsen, Op-Ed, "So Far, Romney's Been Most Impressive Republican," Des Moines Register, 7/11/06
  • "I don't believe in amnesty."  
    • "Romney Supports Immigration Program, But Not Granting 'Amnesty,'" Lowell [MA] Sun, 3/30/06)
  • "Governor Mitt Romney and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Assistant Secretary Julie L. Myers today announced the signing of a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and ICE, which will give specially trained Massachusetts State Troopers the authority to administer and enforce federal immigration laws in the Commonwealth. "
    • Office Of The Governor, "Governor Romney, ICE Sign Immigration Enforcement Pact," Press Release, 12/13/06) 

 

2007

 

  • "McCain-Kennedy isn't the answer. As governor, I took a very different approach. I authorized our state police to enforce immigration laws. I vetoed a tuition break for illegals and said no to driver's licenses. McCain-Kennedy gives benefits to illegals that would cost taxpayers millions. And more importantly, amnesty didn't work 20 years ago, and it won't work today."
  • "He instituted English immersion in the public schools and abolished the old bilingual education system."
  • Governor Romney:  "In my view, there are several principles that need to be part of our immigration plan.  First, to secure the border…"  
    • Governor Mitt Romney, Interview On The Northern Alliance Radio Network, 1/27/07
  • "McCain-Kennedy Isn't The Answer."  "Another aspect of American sovereignty is the security of our borders. The current system is a virtual concrete wall against those who have skill and education, but it's a wide-open walk across the border for those that have neither.  McCain-Kennedy isn't the answer. As governor, I took a very different approach. I authorized our state police to enforce federal immigration laws."  
    • Governor Mitt Romney, Remarks At The Conservative Political Action Conference, Washington, D.C., 3/2/07
  • Governor Romney:  "First, to secure the border, number two, have an employment verification system.  This would be a card – a biometric card – that people who are not citizens would have and before an employer hires a non citizen they would have to look at the card, type in a number on a computer, and get verification from the federal government that this person is eligible for work in the U.S.  If they hired someone not so eligible that company would be fined just like not paying taxes."  
    • Governor Mitt Romney, Interview On The Northern Alliance Radio Network, 1/27/07
  • "Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney said Tuesday that more state and local police agencies ought to consider making deals with the federal government to have their officers trained in enforcing elements of federal immigration law. … 'I think it's a good idea for us to communicate that we intend to enforce our laws,' Romney said."  (Jacques Billeaud, "
    • Romney: More State, Local Police Should Get Immigration Training," The Associated Press, 3/13/07)

Illegal Immigration

 

An enthusiastic supporter of legal immigration, Mr. Romney not only opposes illegal immigration, but he told National Review that he is also "against an amnesty and against anything that provides an incentive for people to come here illegally." - http://washtimes.com/op-ed/20060314-095241-8553r.htm

 

  • "Immigration has been an important part of our nation’s success. The current system, however, puts up a concrete wall to the best and brightest, yet those without skill or education are able to walk across the border. We must reform the current immigration laws so we can secure our borders, implement a mandatory biometrically enabled, tamper proof documentation and employment verification system, and increase legal immigration into America.
    • Governor Mitt Romney's PAC

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