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Tommy Thompson on Immigration

Former Secretary of H.H.S.; former Republican Governor (WI)


Deport illegal immigrants who have committed felonies

Question 7. Do you believe that illegal immigrants that commit or have committed felonies should be deported?

Mark Neumann: Yes

Tommy Thompson: Yes

Source: 2012 Wisconsin Tea Party Senate Debate Questionnaire , Aug 13, 2012

Make English the official language

Question 8. Do you think English should become the official language of the U.S. government?

Mark Neumann: Yes

Tommy Thompson: Yes

Source: 2012 Wisconsin Tea Party Senate Debate Questionnaire , Aug 13, 2012

No amnesty; secure the border first

Q: Do you support this pending compromise legislation?

The first thing you have to do is you got to secure the border. Securing the border is going to allow everything else to follow. But unless you secure the border, it is not right to give 12 million individuals who have illegal rights into this country status before that border is protected. There should be no amnesty. And this bill, no matter how you cover it, is an amnesty bill. And the people in this country do not believe in that bill.

Source: 2007 GOP debate at Saint Anselm College , Jun 3, 2007

Keep rule barring immigrants from running for president

Q: Should we change our Constitution to allow men like Mel Martinez, born in Cuba, and Arnold Schwarzenegger, born in Austria, to stand here some night as candidates for president?

ROMNEY: Never given that a lot of thought, but with Arnold sitting there, Iíll give it some thought, but probably not.

Gov. THOMPSON: No.

HUCKABEE: After Iíve served eight years as president, Iíd be happy to change the Constitution for Governor Schwarzenegger.

Source: 2007 GOP primary debate, at Reagan library, hosted by MSNBC , May 3, 2007

Ease Canadian border-crossing rules.

Thompson signed the Midwestern Governors' Conference resolution:

Source: Resolution of Midwestern Governors' Conf. on Canadian Border 99-MGC1 on Oct 14, 1999

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