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Mike Lee on Immigration

 


Secure border will take years or decades to achieve

Sen. LEE: The sponsors of the comprehensive immigration bill had the best of intentions. But the best intentions aren't enough when you're dealing with a 1,200-page bill. It will take many, many years, if not decades to fully implement all these border security measures.

GRAHAM: We practically militarized the border. I have been hearing for years, "let's secure our border, let's regain our sovereignty." We have secured our border in a way I could not have imagined five years ago. This whole border security amendment, I think, is the most aggressive attempt to control the southern border and regain our sovereignty. This bill reduces our deficit by $890 billion. It is good for our economy. This bill is good for our national security. No one can get a green card until border security measures are up and running, until E-Verify is up and running controlling a job in America.

Source: Fox News Sunday 2013 interview: Senators Lee and Graham , Jun 23, 2013

Comprehensive reform leaves 6 million illegals in US

Sen. LEE: They promised us that under this comprehensive immigration bill, illegal immigration would be a thing of the past. It won't: 10 years from now, we'll still have 6 million to 8 million illegal immigrants in this country.

GRAHAM: As to the 11 million [illegal immigrants here now], they will have an earned, hard pathway to citizenship. They have to get in the back of the line before they can become citizens. They can't cut in line. They have to pass two English proficiency exams. I reject the idea of becoming the Mideast or Europe where you have 11 million people with a legal status who can't be part of America. America is different than the Mideast and Europe. E pluribus unum, out of many, one. This is tough practical solution for our national security, for our economy and tough, practical solution to 11 million. And most importantly, if we do the bill, amnesty is the status quo. If we do this bill, there will be no third wave of illegal immigration.

Source: Fox News Sunday 2013 interview: Senators Lee and Graham , Jun 23, 2013

I will make the "gang of eight" into a "gang of nine"

Q: When John Kerry left the Senate in January. you wrote a letter to the governor of Massachusetts in which you asked him to appoint you to the Senate on an interim basis. On immigration reform, you wrote, "I support the positions that President Obama has taken on these issues."

GOMEZ: I am for the immigration reform bill. That's the "gang of eight" [who support bipartisan comprehensive reform]. I want to make it a "gang of nine." I hope Senator Warren joins me and makes it a "gang of ten."

Source: Fox News Sunday on 2013 Massachusetts Senate debate , Jun 23, 2013

Enforce job laws and illegal immigrants will go home

On the immigration front, Bradley endorsed rounding up all immigrants here illegally and sending them home. Lee opposed that, but called for tougher enforcement of immigration laws to pressure them to go home.

"If we enforce laws more faithfully," Lee said, "jobs will dry up and they will go home."

Granato called for compassion and development of comprehensive immigration reform. "I do not believe in ripping families apart," he said. "We need to have compassion as we fix this."

Lee and Bradley also opposed the DREAM Act, which would allow children brought to America by undocumented immigrant parents to qualify for legal residency if they attend and complete college. "I don't believe we should be offering any benefit to people who come here in violation of our laws," Lee said.

Granato countered that the legislation would help children who have known no country except the United States. "I am fully in favor of the DREAM Act," he said.

Source: Salt Lake Tribune coverage of 2010 Utah Senate debate , Sep 17, 2010

Repeal 14th amendment; no "anchor babies"

Sam Granato said he would strongly oppose any effort to repeal or alter the 14th Amendment to the Constitution, which grants citizenship to all individuals born on US soil. "We need to fix our broken immigration system, but carelessly repealing important portions of our Constitution is not the way to do it. We need to enact comprehensive, common sense immigration reform on the federal level that addresses the real issues at the core of this problem--insufficient border security, a legal immigration process strangled by bureaucratic red tape, and the complicated task of resolving the legal status of those already here. These are the pressing issues Congress should be focusing on, not knee-jerk reactions that don't actually solve the problem," Granato said.

Granato's statement comes on the heels of numerous comments by his opponent, Mike Lee, over the past several months indicating his support for repealing the 14th Amendment to prevent the citizenship of what he calls "anchor babies."

Source: Campaign press release, "14th Amendment" , Aug 13, 2010

No guest workers; no amnesty

[The federal government should] make clear that illegal aliens will not receive amnesty in any form, and must return to their own countries before applying for a visa; illegal aliens should receive no benefit from having entered the United States illegally, and should not be granted guest-worker visas or the opportunity to "purchase" lawful immigration status.
Source: 2010 Senate campaign website, www.mikelee2010.com, "Issues" , Jul 19, 2010

Secure the southern border with infrastructure investment

The Constitution makes clear that the federal government is responsible for making and enforcing laws governing immigration. The federal government has dropped the ball in this area, allowing--and in some instances even encouraging--tens of millions of people to enter our borders illegally. Congress needs to fix this problem by:
Source: 2010 Senate campaign website, www.mikelee2010.com, "Issues" , Jul 19, 2010

Endorsed by the ALI, indicating a strongly anti-amnesty stance.

Lee is endorsed by by ALIPAC, Americans for Legal Immigration

ALIPAC supporters have a diverse range of opinions, yet we are united in the belief that more should be done to reduce illegal immigration. ALIPAC supports those that legally immigrate, but we DO NOT support any amnesty, visa expansion, or "Guest Worker" program designed to reward illegal aliens or legalize their presence in the US. We support a peaceful, non racist, rule of law approach to resolving illegal immigration. America is a land of generous and caring people, but our hospitality and values are being strained and abused by those who are willing to break the law and take our jobs and our tax dollars. America's illegal alien population will begin to shrink instead of grow if we support candidates that will reflect the will of the vast majority of American citizens.

    FOUR POINT PLATFORM: "Simply enforce our existing immigration laws!"
  1. Secure Our Borders
  2. Crack down on employers that intentionally hire illegals
  3. Remove incentives and rewards to illegals such as licenses, welfare, and other taxpayer benefits
  4. Enforce our existing laws and deport illegal aliens when convicted of crimes or detected during routine law enforcement activities.
Source: ALI website 10-ALI on Nov 2, 2010

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