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Wesley Clark on Immigration

NATO General; Democratic Candidate for President


Tighten borders post-9/11, but allow earned citizenship

Q: Should it become easier for undocumented foreign workers in the US to gain legal immigration status?

A: In light of 9/11 and other concerns, I would tighten up our borders to ensure that fewer illegal immigrants get into this country. But I believe that we need to find ways to ensure that taxpaying, law-abiding, undocumented workers have a way to eventually earn their citizenship.

Source: Associated Press policy Q&A, “Immigration” Jan 25, 2004

I am very pro-immigration

Why wouldn’t we want to bring in the best and brightest people from all around the world, and say “come and take your chance in the 21st century on America”? Become Americans. Do what people have done for centuries when they sought a new frontier, a new environment, a new opportunity. Come here. Help us create jobs and intellectual capital in America. So I am very pro-immigration.
Source: WCGU-FM interview on “Sound Off With Sasha” Jun 27, 2003

Immigration is vital to prosperity

We’re a nation of immigrants. We should be encouraging every person from the Indian Institute of Technology that comes to this country to stay in this country. Become an American citizen. Join with us. Make a great company. Let’s all be wealthy and prosperous and happy together. Immigration has a vital part to play in that process.
Source: Speech at the New Democrat Network Jun 17, 2003

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

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