Jim Risch on Immigration

Republican Challenger; former Governor

No comprehensive legislation; no amnesty

Q: Would you vote for comprehensive immigration legislation that would secure the border, dramatically increase H-1B visas and provide a path to citizenship for those already in the United States illegally?

A: No. Reform is necessary; however, I oppose amnesty in any form.

Source: BIPAC 2008 Senate Candidate Questionnaire , Nov 1, 2008

Don’t allow illegal immigrants to earn citizenship

Q: Do you support or oppose the policy: “Allow illegal immigrants to earn citizenship”?

A: Oppose

Source: Email interview on 2008 Senate race with OnTheIssues.org , Jun 8, 2008

I oppose amnesty in any form

We must secure our borders, stop illegal aliens and terrorists from entering our country. I oppose amnesty in any form.
Source: 2008 Senate campaign website, www.Risch4Idaho.com, “Issues” , May 2, 2008

Ensure that only legal immigrants receive state benefits

Gov. Risch today directed state agencies to prevent illegal aliens from joining the state workforce. The order requires agencies to use a federal program called Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements (SAVE). “While the illegal immigration problem will ultimately be resolved at the federal level, the state can partner with them and do what it can to ensure that only those who have entered our country legally can be a state employee or receive state benefits,” said Risch.
Source: Press release, “Alien Verification” , Dec 13, 2006

Other governors on Immigration: Jim Risch on other issues:
ID Gubernatorial:
Butch Otter
ID Senatorial:
Michael Crapo

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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