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Alan Keyes on Immigration

American Independent nominee for President; 2004 Republican challenger for IL Senate


Vigilant maintenance of our sovereign territory and borders

We completely oppose any action that surrenders the moral, political or economic sovereignty of the US and its people, and demand the immediate restoration of that sovereignty wherever it has been eroded.

We demand the immediate securing and continuous vigilant maintenance of our sovereign territory and borders. We oppose any private or governmental action that rewards illegal entry into the United States in any way, and demand speedy and full enforcement of our laws concerning all such activities.

Source: America‘s Independent Party 2008 Platform & Constitution Aug 20, 2008

Enforce existing laws against illegal immigration

Our country’s immigration policy should encourage legal immigration to be maintained, and illegal immigration to be curtailed. The policy should be enforced through existing laws.

It’s a travesty when those who have abided by the law and become citizens through the proper means are considered no different than those who have not. If we start extending all the privileges of life and citizenship to people who are not citizens and who are not here legally, then we’re breaking down our own laws.

Source: Campaign website, www.alankeyes.com, “Issues” Oct 1, 2007

Sovereignty is betrayed when our borders are not defended

We are in a situation now where a lot of people are realizing we are being betrayed. As a people, our sovereignty is being betrayed. Our borders are not being defended. Immigration policies are being proposed & implemented willy-nilly. Policies toward a North American Union are being done in such a way as to undermine our sovereignty as a people, destroy our borders, utterly subvert the demographics that sustain the identity of our people. And it’s being done by folks who are elected by us.
Source: Campaign website, www.alankeyes.com, “Issues” Oct 1, 2007

Immigration, yes; colonization, no: oppose guest workers

Immigration, yes; colonization, no: Until our political leaders put in place the tools and forces needed to control our borders, responsible and moral Americans should oppose any measures that would signal our acceptance of the de facto colonization of our country.

Pres. Bush’s guest-worker proposal and the Senate’s amnesty bill are such measures. They may serve short-sighted business interests intent on cheapening the cost of labor in our economy, and they may serve the corrupt interests of Mexican and other foreign elites seeking to relieve the pressure created by their own policies of greedy exploitation, but they do not serve the common good. Serving the common good demands policies that give preference in immigration not just to workers seeking jobs and money, but to those who seek liberty and the responsibilities of citizenship.

You can’t have freedom in principle if you won’t defend it in fact! And if we let our borders collapse, the facts that support our freedom will be gone.

Source: Campaign website, www.alankeyes.com, “Issues” Oct 1, 2007

Control border first, or no other laws mater

Q: Is it even practical to try to send 12 million illegal immigrants all home?

A: : Well, I think, especially in this context, it’s important to remember a number of things. The border is a matter of security, first of all. And we have to make sure that we control it, or no laws we pass have any significance. People will still cross on their own terms. So the very first priority has to be to get back control.

Source: 2007 GOP Presidential Forum at Morgan State University Sep 27, 2007

Blacks are hurt first by cheap immigrant labor

Do you know who’s first hurt by that cheapened price of labor [due to illegal immigration]? Black folks are first hurt, as they’ve been hurt in the rebuilding of New Orleans. It’s time we stopped fooling around with this issue. I think people are more worried about what we do with illegal immigrants than they’ve ever been about the impact of illegal immigration on Black Americans who have been in this country all along. I’m sick of seeing it.
Source: 2007 GOP Presidential Forum at Morgan State University Sep 27, 2007

Excessive multiculturalism weakens American culture

Q: Do you agree that the excessive use of multiculturalism is weakening the unique American culture that has historically shaped the identity of America, and will lead to a harmful balkanization and unnecessary divisions among the citizenry?
Source: [Xref Cox] 2007 GOP Values Voter Presidential Debate Sep 17, 2007

Rescind Bush’s order allowing Mexican trucks on US roads

Q: Allowing Mexican trucks into our country brings unsafe equipment driven by people unable to communicate in English, read highway signs, or even know our laws. This creates a serious safety concern and undermines American jobs. Bill Clinton successfully kept Mexican trucks off US highways. Will you rescind Pres. Bush’s order to allow Mexican onto US roads?
Source: [Xref Tancredo] 2007 GOP Values Voter Presidential Debate Sep 17, 2007

Oppose amnesty & guest workers until unemployment under 5%

Q: Will you oppose all plans for amnesty, path to citizenship, guest workers, and seasonal passes until the very high unemployment rate of our own minority youth has dropped to 5%?

COX: Can we oppose amnesty in any circumstance?

BROWNBACK: I agree on opposing amnesty. On the guest worker provision, I think there are places, and particularly in industries like agriculture, that we should use guest worker programs.

COX: I oppose amnesty because it doesn’t work. It’s not going to solve the problem. It’s only going to encourage more illegal behavior.

TANCREDO: Listen, amnesty is the worst possible public policy you can ever have. It rewards illegal behavior, it encourages more of it, and it’s a slap in the face of every single person who as done it the right way. We should never, ever have amnesty.

Source: [Xref Tancredo] 2007 GOP Values Voter Presidential Debate Sep 17, 2007

Extending privileges to non-citizens invites lawbreaking

Our country’s immigration policy should encourage legal immigration and curtail illegal immigration. It’s a travesty when those who have abided by the law and become citizens through the proper means are considered no different than those who have not. If we start extending all the privileges of life and citizenship to people who are not citizens and who are not here legally, then we’re breaking down our own laws.

And in breaking down those laws, we’re creating a situation that will eventually damage our economy, damage our ability to deliver social services, damage our ability to maintain schools on an equitable basis, and so forth. It doesn’t make sense.

That’s why I believe that we have to enforce our immigration laws, and that we shouldn’t be putting laws on the books that will extend to non-citizens the privileges of citizenship, because I think you are actually inviting people to violate the law when you’re doing that, you’re decreasing the respect for the law.

Source: Campaign website www.Keyes2004.com, “Issues” Sep 9, 2004

Expand legal immigration; curtail illegal immigration

“Legal immigration should be maintained or expanded; illegal immigration should be curtailed. No national identity card.”
Source: 1996 National Political Awareness Test, Project Vote Smart Jul 2, 1996

Other candidates on Immigration: Alan Keyes on other issues:
Nominees:
GOP: Sen.John McCain
GOP V.P.: Gov.Sarah Palin
Democrat: Sen.Barack Obama
Dem.V.P.: Sen.Joe Biden

Third Parties:
Constitution: Chuck Baldwin
Libertarian: Rep.Bob Barr
Constitution: Amb.Alan Keyes
Liberation: Gloria La Riva
Green: Rep.Cynthia McKinney
Socialist: Brian Moore
Independent: Ralph Nader
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