Arnold Schwarzenegger on Immigration
Republican CA Governor
Q: Why has the governor not declared a state of emergency so he could dispatch the National Guard to the borders
A: There must be an imminent threat to life on a large scale before California law will allow such declaration.
Q: You mean like a major earthquake where great numbers of lives are at risk?
A: Yes. That would be an example.
Q: There are over 800 killers of California residents who have fled to Mexico for safe harbor from US justice. Nationally, there are over 3,000 such murderers.
A: Hmmm.that wouldn't be the kind of life-threatening situation qualifying as a state of emergency.
SCHWARZENEGGER: Arianna, there is no identification, there is no background check. It is dangerous for our security here. Letís do it the right way. Letís get them visas. Letís get them temporary working permits. HUFFINGTON: It is really offensive to think that they are terrorists just because they are here as illegal immigrations.
SCHWARZENEGGER: Letís get them permanent working permits.
Border enforcement is a federal responsibility. However, state taxpayers currently bear the costs of providing public services to undocumented immigrants, such as incarcerating undocumented immigrants in the state prison system. I will work with other border states, the President, and the US Congress to increase federal reimbursements for these costs.
A: Proposition 187 has been resolved by the courts. It is time to move on. More than 2.3 million undocumented immigrants currently live in California. They cannot continue to live underground. I will work with federal officials to address this problem.
And within 6 months, I was asked to star in a movie. All right, granted they didn't use my real name--I was billed as "Arnold Strong." And they didn't use my real voice. They dubbed it in. But I was in a movie! It's called "Hercules in New York". And I know every one of you has seen it. And you can rent it at Blockbuster!
I called all my friends back in Europe and said: "It's true! You can do anything in this country! Come over here! It's everything you imagine---and more!" I decided right then--very early on--that I wanted to weave myself right into the fabric of America. I wanted to become a citizen. I wanted to work hard. I wanted to go to college and study politics, economics, and culture.
Today I stand before you--an immigrant success story. I am a living, breathing incarnation of The American Dream.
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