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Kerry Healey on Immigration

 


Opposes in-state tuition for illegal immigrants

Q: Would you allow illegal immigrants to pay in-state tuition rates at public colleges?

HEALEY: A lot of people are struggling to pay for college for their kids. If we have enough money to give the equivalent of a $40,000 scholarship to someone who is not in the country legally than we should use that money to lower tuition for the kids who are citizens who have been paying taxes into this system. I think its wrong to give in- state tuition to illegal immigrants and I will continue to oppose that.

Source: 2006 MA Gubernatorial debate on Fox News with Chris Wallace Sep 25, 2006

Urges Attorney General to investigate hiring illegals

MIHOS: Kerry, how many corporations under the Romney/Healey administration have been fined, or investigated [for hiring illegal immigrants]?

HEALEY: You know it's good that you ask that question, we have been urging the Attorney General to do just that. That's his job as AG, to get in there and do that and we've been asking him to do that.

MIHOS: So zero.

Source: 2006 MA Gubernatorial debate on Fox News with Chris Wallace Sep 25, 2006

Opposes issuing licenses to illegal immigrants

Q: Should illegals be issued drivers licenses?

HEALEY: I do oppose issuing licenses to illegal immigrants because that is your most basic form of identification here in America. If you have that card you can get on an airplane, you can go to another state, you can disappear into society. I could not disagree more with Deval Patrick on this topic. I think that that drivers license has real meaning and it's very dangerous to give it to illegal immigrants.

Source: 2006 MA Gubernatorial debate on Fox News with Chris Wallace Sep 25, 2006

Called for deportation in'05; now says can't deport them all

Lieutenant Governor Kerry Healey, reaching out to moderates who could make or break her run for the state's top job, backed away from President Bush yesterday. "I don't think that people associate me with the national Republican Party," Healey continued, saying that she and Governor Mitt Romney serve to offset the heavily Democratic Legislature.

Healey also appeared to soften her previous position on undocumented immigrants. "If there are people here who have the potential to become good productive American citizens, who are going to pay taxes and obey the laws, let's figure out a way of figuring out who they are and perhaps allowing them to stay under some circumstances," she said. "We have to deal with the people who are here," she added. "We can't deport them all.

In November, Healey took a harder line, saying flatly that undocumented immigrants and their children should be deported. "They are illegal immigrants, who need to be returned to the countries from which they came," she said.

Source: Andrea Estes in Boston Globe, "Shifts stance on immigrants" May 17, 2006

A nation of immigrants, but also a nation of laws

America is a nation of immigrants, but equally so, America is also a nation of laws.

I support legal immigration. Our nation was built by men and women seeking a better life. In America, if you play by the rules, if you work hard, you are limited only by your dreams. But, unfortunately, not everyone comes here legally. There are some foreigners who arrive on our shores without going through the normal channels. As much as we may sympathize with their desire to be here, they are violating federal law.

Source: Editorial by Healey in Boston Globe, "Unfair Reward" Nov 8, 2005

Illegal immigrants are breaking law and have no entitlements

A bill currently being considered by the Legislature would provide in-state tuition at our public colleges and university to individuals who are in the United States illegally. That is wrong. Because a family breaks the law, that should not entitle them to a taxpayer subsidy. Enactment of this legislation would encourage more illegal immigration and send the wrong message to those immigrants who played by the rules. Governor Romney vetoed a similar provision last June, and he is prepared to do so again.
Source: Editorial by Healey in Boston Globe, "Unfair Reward" Nov 8, 2005

Opposes in-state tuition rates for illegal immigrants

Kerry Healey went on a talk radio show to offer a spirited defense of the taxpayers in this ill-advised scheme of giving the in-state tuition discount at state colleges and universities to immigrant students who are not legal residents of Massachusetts. Healey suggested there is nothing to prevent these students from attending private colleges and universities with scholarships and financial aid. But when a fabulously wealthy woman says "Let them go to private schools," who DOESN'T think of Marie Antoinette?

The thing is, Healey happens to be right. There is nothing in state law that bars illegal immigrants from going to college, provided they can pay their way. When Massachusetts taxpayers object to subsidizing the tuition for students who are not legal residents of the commonwealth or the country, it is not "mean-spirited." A student whose parents crossed the border illegally would get a better deal at UMass than a student born and raised in Rhode Island. That's wrong.

Source: The Boston Herald editorial, "Tuition Bill" Nov 3, 2005

Illegal immigrants should not be here

A war of words has erupted between Attorney General Tom Reilly and Lt. Gov. Kerry Healey after Reilly went to bat for a bill giving state college tuition breaks to illegal immigrants. The pair clashed in a heated impromptu debate yesterday on WRKO-680 AM radio. "Illegal immigrants should not be here," Healey told the Herald. "When they're legal, we will welcome them with all the benefits afforded to Massachusetts citizens."

"She's totally out of touch," Reilly said of Healey. "These are kids that just want a chance."

Healey fired back, saying: "Tom Reilly is the one who is out of touch with working families of Massachusetts if he thinks they want their tax dollars to pay for illegal immigrants to go to college."

Deval Patrick also supports the bill. "Denying kids who qualify in every other way to be an in-state student is unfair," Patrick said. "We shouldn't be trying to erect barriers." Nine other states have laws that allow illegal immigrants to attend state colleges at resident rates.

Source: Dave Wedge in Boston Herald, "Tuition Breaks" Nov 2, 2005

A nation of immigrants, but also a nation of laws

America is a nation of immigrants, but equally so, America is also a nation of laws. I support legal immigration. But, unfortunately, not everyone comes here legally. There are some foreigners who arrive on our shores without going through the normal channels. As much as we may sympathize with their desire to be here, they are violating federal law.
Source: Healey's op-ed in Boston Globe

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