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Jill Stein on Immigration

Green Party presidential nominee; Former Challenger for MA Governor


Undocumented immigration massively spiked after NAFTA

GOODE: These agreements that have cost so many American jobs--they need to be renegotiated, with the emphasis on bringing jobs to this country instead of sending them overseas. [And on immigration], we need to preserve U.S. college admissions for U.S. citizens first.

STEIN: First, let's be clear that our jobs took a nosedive because Wall Street crashed the economy, because of Wall Street waste, fraud and abuse. And our jobs went overseas due to NAFTA and other free trade agreements, which Barack Obama has expanded. So, in fact, you know, it's not immigrants that have caused problems in our economy; it's, rather, this predatory economic policies fostered by an economic and political elite. In fact, immigrants did not come to this country lured by jobs. The spike in undocumented immigrants occurred, massively spiked, after NAFTA basically put millions of small farmers out of business, and people were forced to migrate here as economic refugees in order to feed their families.

Source: Democracy Now! Expanded Second Obama-Romney 2012 debate , Oct 16, 2012

Extend DREAM Act beyond age 30

OBAMA: Young people who come here, brought here oftentimes by their parents, have gone to school here, understand themselves as Americans in every way except having papers, then we should make sure that we give them a pathway to citizenship. Now, Governor Romney just said that he wants to help those young people, too. But during the Republican primary, he said, "I will veto the DREAM Act,"

STEIN: We actually want to provide a welcoming and legal path to the immigrants who have always been the backbone of our economy, the backbone of the diversity that makes this country great. And while the president took a very small step forward, this is a very inadequate step to simply provide two-year worker permits to the DREAMers, and basically they run into a brick wall at age 30. We need to actually provide a welcoming path and legal path to citizenship for the undocumented Americans, who are critical parts of our economy and of our communities.

Source: Democracy Now! Expanded Second Obama-Romney 2012 debate , Oct 16, 2012

Provide a legal path to citizenship for immigrant residents

Source: 2012 Presidential Campaign website jillstein.org, "Brochure" , Feb 3, 2012

End the war on immigrants; end "secure communities" cruelty

Over the past thirty years, courts [cited] a doctrine known as "field preemption." We have seen public safety, food labeling, human rights, immigrant rights, drug policy, and other reforms "preempted."

The Green New Deal will end the war on immigrants--including the cruel, so-called "secure communities" program-- which is terrorizing millions of Americans, both citizens and non-citizen immigrants, on no basis other than their perceived immigration status.

Source: Green Party 2012 People's State of the Union speech , Jan 25, 2012

Undocumented immigrants are critical component of economy

Q: What about a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants?

A: We are a nation of immigrants--and immigrants are a critical component of our economy. In Alabama, their tomato industry collapsed to the tune of billions of dollars when they passed very harsh anti-immigrant laws and the immigrants left town. That state learned the hard way how valuable the immigrant sector was to their economy. And that's true nationally. The real solution is:

Source: 2011 AmericansElect interview questionnaire with Jill Stein , Dec 21, 2011

No pathway to citizenship for criminals; open to all others

Q: You advocate a pathway to citizenshwip for undocumented immigrants; what should the rules be, regarding who is eligible? Everyone?

A: I don't want to have a pathway to citizenship for drug dealers or criminals, of course. But we should fight for human rights for all immigrants. The Canadian border is a reasonable model for what our border should look like -- at least, the Canadian border before the modern [post-9-11] era.

Source: 2011 AmericansElect interview questionnaire with Jill Stein , Dec 21, 2011

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Pres.Barack Obama
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Gov.Mitt Romney(MA)
Rep.Paul Ryan(WI)
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Roseanne Barr(PF)
Rep.Virgil Goode(C)
Gov.Gary Johnson(L)
Jill Stein(G)
Andre Barnett(Ref.)

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Rep.Michele Bachmann(MN)
Herman Cain(GA)
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Gov.Sarah Palin(AK)
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Page last updated: Oct 27, 2012