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Haley Barbour on Immigration

Former Republican MS Governor (until 2012)


Expedite removal of those who are in the US unlawfully

Many people come to the US illegally to partake of our publically funded social services. The US should deny such services to those here illegally, except for emergency care. We should also implement effective procedures to expedite removal of those who are in the US unlawfully, with emphasis on those who have committed serious crimes.
Source: Agenda for America, by Gov. Haley Barbour, p.248 , Apr 25, 1996

Official English unites Americans

The Bilingual Education Act of 1968 was intended to improve the education of non-English-speaking children. The goal of this legislation was to allow these students an equal education by removing language barriers. The legislation did not advocate any particular method of instruction. Starting as a modest effort, it has now ballooned into a $13 billion-a-year industry. The bilingual system, however, has not only failed the very students it should be helping, but it has also failed every taxpaying citizen who wants to help these students learn English.

Official English unites Americans, who are speakers of more than 300 different languages, by providing a common means of communication. "E pluribus unum"--out of many, one--is a guiding principle of this nation.

It is imperative for all students to learn English. It is the key to increased economic opportunity and the ability to become a more productive member of society, which benefits all.

Source: Agenda For America, by Haley Barbour, p.141-142 , Apr 25, 1996

Humanitarian & political admissions OK; but not economic

To maintain America's leadership in world affairs and preserve the moral authority upon which it is built, we must continue to extend our generosity to those who need shelter on political and humanitarian, but not economic, grounds. We cannot--and should not--accept responsibility for protecting all of the world's refugees or humanitarian migrants, but we must continue to do our share and to encourage others to join us in that effort. We must strengthen our ability to detect those whose claims to our protection are unfounded so that we can extend it to those truly in need because of political and humanitarian passions.

Dependents of American citizens must be given preference over others; the reunification of other families lawfully here should be encouraged as well when it is possible to do so without causing economic dislocation.

Source: Agenda For America, by Haley Barbour, p.249 , Apr 25, 1996

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