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Howard Phillips on Immigration

2000 Constitution Party Nominee for President


No amnesty & no welfare for immigrants

Q: Mr. Phillips, open our borders up? Mr. Browne advocates dissolving the Immigration Service, getting rid of the Border Patrol, and anyone who’s here illegally, let them stay?

PHILLIPS: I disagree with Harry. I oppose amnesty for illegal aliens. My grandparents were immigrants to this country. I thank God that when they came, they were required to be self-supporting. They could not have gotten in if they posed a health problem. They had to learn how to speak English. The real problem is welfare. As long as people are coming to the United States to stick their hand into the federal cookie jar, they’re coming for the wrong reasons.

BROWNE: The distinction is very clear, as Howard puts it. But the answer is to shut down the welfare state. Shut down the welfare state and people will filter themselves out. They will only come here when they’re looking for the land of opportunity.

Source: Third Party Debate on Meet the Press , Oct 22, 2000

Tighten borders and subsidies to illegal immigrants

Source: 2000 National Political Awareness Test , Jan 13, 2000

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