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Bob Smith on Immigration

Republican Sr Senator (NH; retired 2002)


Illegal immigrants should not earn citizenship

Q: Do you support or oppose illegal immigrants earning citizenship?

A: Do not support this or any other form of amnesty.

Source: Email interview on 2010 Senate race with OnTheIssues.org Mar 4, 2010

Amnesty is unfair; deny opportunities for illegals

I vehemently oppose amnesty. It bumps the illegal aliens ahead of legal immigrants which is unfair. Some say it is impossible to deport millions of illegal aliens. WRONG! Of course we can do it, if we have the political will and we provide the resources to enforce existing laws on the books that have been shamelessly flaunted by violators and ignored by weak elected officials. I will provide whatever it takes--money, more DHS personnel--to identify and deport illegal aliens.

Denial of economic opportunities is a proven strategy for controlling this costly problem by facilitating self deportation. I would work to pass federal legislation that would preclude illegal aliens from collecting benefits that should be reserved for American citizens.

The bottom line is that I will provide LEADERSHIP in the US Senate on this issue, You have my solemn commitment on that! LEGAL IMMIGRATION BUILT AMERICA AND ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION MUST NEVER BE ALLOWED TO TEAR HER DOWN

Source: Campaign website, www.friendsofsenatorbobsmith.com Mar 4, 2010

Tighten immigration laws; enhance border patrol

Senator Smith is concerned that illegal immigration is costing taxpayers millions of dollars while closing the door to legal immigrants. He is doing his part to tighten up immigration laws through his leadership on legislation such as the Anti-Terrorism Act of 1995, which would deport terrorist aliens, and the Immigration Control Act, which enhances border patrol and fights smuggling.
Source: www.smithforpresident.org/issues.htm May 19, 1999

Fewer immigrants; less aid; Offical English

Source: 1996 National Political Awareness Test Jul 2, 1996

Voted YES on allowing more foreign workers into the US for farm work.

Vote to create a national registry containing names of U.S. workers who want to perform temporary or seasonal agricultural work, and to require the Attorney General to allow more foreign workers into the U.S. for farm work under H-2A visas.
Reference: Bill S.2260 ; vote number 1998-233 on Jul 23, 1998

Voted YES on visas for skilled workers.

This bill expanded the Visa program for skilled workers.
Status: Bill Passed Y)78; N)20; NV)2
Reference: The American Competitiveness Act; Bill S. 1723 ; vote number 1998-141 on May 18, 1998

Voted YES on limit welfare for immigrants.

This amendment would have restored food stamp benefits to the children of legal immigrants
Status: Motion to Table Agreed to Y)59; N)41
Reference: Motion to table Kennedy Amdt #429; Bill S.947 ; vote number 1997-111 on Jun 24, 1997

Voted YES on more immigrant visas for skilled workers.

Vote to pass a bill to increase the number of temporary visas granted to highly skilled workers from 65,000 to 115,000 by the year 2000.
Reference: Bill introduced by Smith, R-TX.; Bill HR 3736 ; vote number 1998-460 on Sep 24, 1998

Other candidates on Immigration: Bob Smith on other issues:
NH Gubernatorial:
John Lynch
NH Senatorial:
Jeanne Shaheen
Kelly Ayotte

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