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Gary Johnson on Immigration

Libertarian presidential nominee; former Republican NM Governor


Arizona anti-immigrant law leads to racial profiling

Immigration is an issue on which most of the so-called "mainstream" politicians in the US have shown a striking LACK of courage. A 2010 interview reported [on my] disdain for hardliners [regarding] the incendiary new immigration law passed in AZ: "I just don't think it's going to work," he says. "I think it's going to lead to racial profiling. I don't know how you determine one individual from another--is it color of skin? --as to whether one is an American citizen or the other is an illegal immigrant."
Source: Seven Principles, by Gary Johnson, p.126-127 , Aug 1, 2012

A 10-foot wall just requires an 11-foot ladder

[One journalist] noted, rightly, that I favor an expansive guest worker program and am uncomfortable with the idea of mass deportation. So, he asked me about the idea of increasing security by means of a border wall.

"I have never been supportive of the wall," I answered. "A 10-foot wall just requires an 11-foot ladder."

Source: Seven Principles, by Gary Johnson, p.127 , Aug 1, 2012

2 year grace period for illegals to get work visas

Source: 2012 presidential campaign website, garyjohnson2012.com , Nov 15, 2011

1 strike & you're out for legal immigrants who violate terms

Source: 2012 presidential campaign website, garyjohnson2012.com , Nov 15, 2011

Let some, but not all, illegal immigrants stay in US

OnTheIssues indicates that Gov. Johnson is open to all illegals being able to stay in the United States. The Governor is only open to some of the illegals being able to stay in the United States. The Governor supports a 2 year grace period for illegals to get work visas, after which those without work visas would be deported. He also believes in a "1 strike and you're out policy" for legal immigrants who violate the terms of their stay in the United States.
Source: Email interview on presidential race with OnTheIssues.org , Nov 15, 2011

We educate the world's best & brightest; why send them back?

Q: You were a border-state governor. What would your approach to immigration be?

A: Because of our convoluted immigration policies we're educating the best and brightest kids from all over the world and we're sending them back to their countries of origin. Instead of them staying here to start up businesses that will employ tens of millions of Americans they go home and employ tens of millions of Indians. We're doing that to ourselves.

We should make it as easy as possible to be able to get a legal work visa--not citizenship, not a green card. Just a work visa, with a background check and a social security card so that applicable taxes would get paid.

And then legalize marijuana. 75% of the border violence with Mexico would go away.

Source: Tim Dickinson in Rolling Stone Magazine , Jun 15, 2011

Open the border; flood of Mexicans would become taxpayers

Q: What is your view of the immigration issue?

A: Hispanics who immigrate care about their families like other Americans care about their families. They're living in poverty in Mexico and can come to the US and do a lot better.

Q: By--according to some--taking away jobs.

A: They work the lowest-paying jobs. And they are taking jobs that other Americans don't necessarily want. They're hardworking people who are taking jobs that others don't want. That's the reality.

Q: Would you open the borders and make it easier to immigrate legally?

A: My vision of the border with Mexico is that a truck from the United States going into Mexico and a truck coming from Mexico into the United States will pass each other at the border going 60 miles an hour. Yes, we should have open borders.

Q: Many Americans fear the flood of immigrants that would follow.

A: They would become taxpayers. They're just pursuing dreams---the same dreams we all have. They work hard. What's wrong with that?

Source: David Sheff interview in Playboy Magazine , Jan 1, 2001

Mexican immigrants are pursuing same dreams we all have

Q: In California, there was a backlash against illegal immigrants. Voters passed a proposition that would deny them medical & other services.

A: It wouldn't be a problem if they were legal, so the process to make them legal should be easier.

Q: Many Americans fear the flood of immigrants that would follow.

A: They would come over and take jobs that we don't want. They would become taxpayers. They're just pursuing dreams---the same dreams we all have. They work hard. What's wrong with that?

Source: Interview with David Sheff in Playboy Magazine , Jan 1, 2001

Share costs of legal immigration between states & federal.

Johnson adopted the National Governors Association policy:


Source: NGA policy HR-2: Immigration and Refugee Policy 01-NGA3 on Feb 15, 2001

Federal government should deal with criminal repatriation.

Johnson adopted the National Governors Association policy:



Finally, the Governors are concerned about the large number of deported felons that are returning to the United States. A significant number of the criminal alien felons housed in state prisons and local jails are previously convicted felons who reentered the United States after they were deported. The Governors urge the federal government to provide sufficient funds for proven positive identification systems, like the Automated Fingerprinting Identification System (AFIS), to allow for the expanded use of these systems in the rest of the nation.
Source: NGA policy HR-2: Immigration and Refugee Policy 01-NGA4 on Feb 15, 2001

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