State of South Dakota secondary Archives: on Immigration


Jay Williams: Get ten million undocumented immigrants out of the shadows

The United States of American is a nation of immigrants. It's a nation where immigrants landed on Ellis Island without a penny to their names and made something of themselves. We owe it to the next generation of immigrants to create a functional system where those who want to make a better life for themselves can do so. Jay will work to ensure that the ten million undocumented immigrants in the United States can come out of the shadows and fully participate in the American experience.
Source: 2016 South Dakota Senate campaign web JayWilliams2016.org Apr 1, 2016

Gordon Howie: Protect the borders; prevent illegal entry

Question topic: Government should enforce laws designed to protect the border and to prevent illegal entry of persons into the country.

Howie: Strongly Agree

Source: Faith2Action iVoterGuide on 2014 South Dakota Senate race Sep 30, 2014

Larry Pressler: 5-year path to citizenship for illegal immigrants

Pressler has declared his support for the president's health care law and frequently invites the president to visit the state to lecture on the law. He had previously endorsed Obama for president and talked up his support for gay marriage. He recently highlighted his support for raising taxes on estates worth more than $10 million and offering a five-year path to citizenship for immigrants who enter the country illegally. "This is my last campaign and I'm saying exactly what I believe," Pressler said.
Source: Rollcall e-zine on 2014 South Dakota Senate race Jul 24, 2014

Mike Rounds: Border security first, then a limited path to citizenship

The two of them both say the US needs to improve its border security and provide illegal immigrants some form of path to citizenship, but there's a lot of daylight between Rounds and Weiland.

Rounds says border security has to come first, to be completed before a path to citizenship for immigrants here illegally can begin. "After the borders are secure, create a new line for immigrants to enter," Rounds said, with plenty of preconditions and limitations. "Illegal aliens should not be allowed to apply for citizenship until after other individuals have the opportunity first," he said. "They should start paying taxes, they should also have to register. Once other individuals have entered the line, perhaps 10 to 15 years from now, they may also apply for citizenship. This is not amnesty. They should be eligible for benefits during this 15 year time period."

Weiland, on the other hand, said there's no reason why border security and a path to citizenship can't proceed at the same time.

Source: Argus Leader on 2014 South Dakota Senate race Jun 30, 2013

Rick Weiland: Border security and a path to citizenship at the same time

The two of them both say the US needs to improve its border security and provide illegal immigrants some form of path to citizenship, but there's a lot of daylight between Rounds and Weiland.

Rounds says border security has to come first, to be completed before a path to citizenship for immigrants here illegally can begin, with plenty of preconditions and limitations, requiring "10 to 15 years to apply for citizenship. This is not amnesty."

Weiland, on the other hand, said there's no reason why border security & a path to citizenship can't proceed at the same time. He endorsed the Senate immigration bill, which Rounds opposes for being insufficiently tough on border security. But that border security shouldn't stop movement on letting illegal immigrants move toward citizenship, Weiland said. Supporters of Sen. John Thune's amendment (including Rounds) would require border security to come first; opponents say border security will be used to block the path to citizenship perpetually.

Source: Argus Leader on 2014 South Dakota Senate race Jun 30, 2013

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2016 Presidential contenders on Immigration:
  Republicans:
Gov.Jeb Bush(FL)
Dr.Ben Carson(MD)
Gov.Chris Christie(NJ)
Sen.Ted Cruz(TX)
Carly Fiorina(CA)
Gov.Jim Gilmore(VA)
Sen.Lindsey Graham(SC)
Gov.Mike Huckabee(AR)
Gov.Bobby Jindal(LA)
Gov.John Kasich(OH)
Gov.Sarah Palin(AK)
Gov.George Pataki(NY)
Sen.Rand Paul(KY)
Gov.Rick Perry(TX)
Sen.Rob Portman(OH)
Sen.Marco Rubio(FL)
Sen.Rick Santorum(PA)
Donald Trump(NY)
Gov.Scott Walker(WI)
Democrats:
Gov.Lincoln Chafee(RI)
Secy.Hillary Clinton(NY)
V.P.Joe Biden(DE)
Gov.Martin O`Malley(MD)
Sen.Bernie Sanders(VT)
Sen.Elizabeth Warren(MA)
Sen.Jim Webb(VA)

2016 Third Party Candidates:
Gov.Gary Johnson(L-NM)
Roseanne Barr(PF-HI)
Robert Steele(L-NY)
Dr.Jill Stein(G,MA)
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