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Gray Davis on Immigration

Former Democratic CA Governor


Diversity is our strength; welcome all good citizens

Q: Do you think that everyone who pays taxes and works should share the same privileges, regardless of immigrant status? What about undocumented immigrants?

A: We are the most diverse people on the planet Earth. It is a strength, and it’s my function & duty to persuade people of the benefits they receive from sharing this state with people from all over the country - all over the world. I recognize the reality that we are living in. I think all people, regardless of their status, ought to be treated with dignity and respect. Immigrants work hard to overcome their resistance. To California’s credit, we say: “you are the best employee, we are hiring you.” Or they make the best product, and we say: “we’re going to buy that product.” And that is one of the real reasons why this economy is as good as it is. Alan Greenspan said all that extra work that immigrants expend to prove their doubters wrong, economists call productivity. If you’re a good citizen we want you to be part of our economy.

Source: Eastern Groups Publications, CA Gov. Q&A, with Raul Vasquez , Nov 2, 2002

Share costs of legal immigration between states & federal.

Davis adopted the National Governors Association policy:


Source: NGA policy HR-2: Immigration and Refugee Policy 01-NGA3 on Feb 15, 2001

Federal government should deal with criminal repatriation.

Davis adopted the National Governors Association policy:



Finally, the Governors are concerned about the large number of deported felons that are returning to the United States. A significant number of the criminal alien felons housed in state prisons and local jails are previously convicted felons who reentered the United States after they were deported. The Governors urge the federal government to provide sufficient funds for proven positive identification systems, like the Automated Fingerprinting Identification System (AFIS), to allow for the expanded use of these systems in the rest of the nation.
Source: NGA policy HR-2: Immigration and Refugee Policy 01-NGA4 on Feb 15, 2001

Other governors on Immigration: Gray Davis on other issues:
CA Gubernatorial:
Jerry Brown
CA Senatorial:
Barbara Boxer
Dianne Feinstein

Newly seated 2010:
NJ Chris Christie
VA Bob McDonnell

Term-limited as of Jan. 2011:
AL Bob Riley
CA Arnold Schwarzenegger
GA Sonny Perdue
HI Linda Lingle
ME John Baldacci
MI Jennifer Granholm
NM Bill Richardson
OK Brad Henry
OR Ted Kulongoski
PA Ed Rendell
RI Donald Carcieri
SC Mark Sanford
SD Mike Rounds
TN Phil Bredesen
WY Dave Freudenthal
Newly Elected Nov. 2010:
AL: Robert Bentley (R)
CA: Jerry Brown (D)
CO: John Hickenlooper (D)
CT: Dan Malloy (D)
FL: Rick Scott (R)
GA: Nathan Deal (R)
HI: Neil Abercrombie (D)
IA: Terry Branstad (R)
KS: Sam Brownback (R)
ME: Paul LePage (R)
MI: Rick Snyder (R)
MN: Mark Dayton (D)
ND: Jack Dalrymple (R)
NM: Susana Martinez (R)
NV: Brian Sandoval (R)
NY: Andrew Cuomo (D)
OH: John Kasich (R)
OK: Mary Fallin (R)
PA: Tom Corbett (R)
RI: Lincoln Chafee (I)
SC: Nikki Haley (R)
SD: Dennis Daugaard (R)
TN: Bill Haslam (R)
VT: Peter Shumlin (D)
WI: Scott Walker (R)
WY: Matt Mead (R)
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