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Alan Keyes on Immigration

Republican challenger for IL Senate; previously Candidate for President


Extending privileges to non-citizens invites lawbreaking

Our country's immigration policy should encourage legal immigration and curtail illegal immigration. It's a travesty when those who have abided by the law and become citizens through the proper means are considered no different than those who have not. If we start extending all the privileges of life and citizenship to people who are not citizens and who are not here legally, then we're breaking down our own laws.

And in breaking down those laws, we're creating a situation that will eventually damage our economy, damage our ability to deliver social services, damage our ability to maintain schools on an equitable basis, and so forth. It doesn't make sense.

That's why I believe that we have to enforce our immigration laws, and that we shouldn't be putting laws on the books that will extend to non-citizens the privileges of citizenship, because I think you are actually inviting people to violate the law when you're doing that, you're decreasing the respect for the law.

Source: Campaign website www.Keyes2004.com, "Issues" Sep 9, 2004

Expand legal immigration; curtail illegal immigration

“Legal immigration should be maintained or expanded; illegal immigration should be curtailed. No national identity card.”
Source: 1996 National Political Awareness Test, Project Vote Smart Jul 2, 1996

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