Nikki Haley on Immigration



Border crossers are families, not criminals: but e-Verify

DESANTIS: Do not trust Nikki Haley with illegal immigration--she's on tape at the Aspen Institute saying it's disrespectful to illegal aliens to say that they're criminals.

Q [to HALEY]: Gov. DeSantis and also Donald Trump are attacking you for that comment in 2015 in which you said undocumented immigrants should not be called "criminals." The full context is you said, We don't need to talk about them as criminals. They're not. They're families that want a better life, and they're desperate to get here." Do you still feel that way?

HALEY: When I was governor, we passed the toughest illegal immigration law in the country. In passing that toughest illegal immigration law in the country, we passed E-Verify, which I want to take national, which is where businesses have to prove that the people they hire are in this country legally. I passed it within six months of being governor. Ron didn't pass it for five years. He only waited to pass it when he decided to run for president.

Source: CNN 2024 pre-Iowa caucus one-on-one debate , Jan 10, 2024

Admit immigrants on merit, not on random quotas

Presidents in the past have always said, set quotas. I'll take this many this year, this many next year. Instead, look at what does our economy need? Our farmers needed workers. We need to make sure we are focusing on the businesses not struggling to find workers. When you do it on merit, and that's how we need to bring people in. Based on merit, not just a random quota, then you're building up your economy. You're supporting your businesses. You're making sure that we can all grow together.
Source: CNN Town Hall 2024 pre-Iowa caucus , Jan 4, 2024

End incentives like temporary protected status

Q: You have pledged to catch and deport all migrants who are here in this country illegally, but then you said you will not deport those who are working and paying taxes rather than feeding off the system. Which is it?

Nikki Haley: What I said is all of the 7 or 8 million illegals that have come under Biden's watch absolutely have to go back. We have to stop the incentive of what's bringing them over here in the first place. Biden just gave temporary protective status to 500,000 Venezuelans. That's a half a million social security cards; half a million driver's licenses. And I know from my time at the U.N., the first thing they do is pick up the phone and say, "We came over, come on over." You have to go and deport these people, so they know it can't happen again. For those that have been here longer than that, we've got to start seeing, who is it? How long have they been here? Have they been vetted? Have they paid taxes? Have they been working? And figure out who else is out there.

Source: NewsNation 2023 Republican primary debate in Alabama , Dec 6, 2023

Restrict terrorist immigration, not Muslim immigration

Q: Donald Trump recently promised to expand his program restricting immigration from Muslim countries:

(Trump on video): No longer will we allow dangerous lunatics, haters, bigots, and maniacs to get residency in our country. We're not going to let them stay here. If you empathize with radical Islamic, terrorists and extremists, you're disqualified.

Q: Do you support President Trump's plan for ideological screening?

Nikki Haley: Well, I don't think that you have a straight-up Muslim ban, as much as you look at the countries that have terrorist activity that want to hurt Americans. You can ban those people from those countries, that's the way we should look at it is which countries are a threat to us. What worries me the most are those that came from Iran, from Yemen, from Lebanon, those areas where they say "Death to America." That's where you want to be careful. It's not about a religion, it's about a fact that certain countries are dangerous and are threats to us.

Source: NewsNation 2023 Republican primary debate in Alabama , Dec 6, 2023

We will defund sanctuary cities once and for all

We did a mandatory E-Verify program that made businesses prove that the people they hired were here legally. We will do a national E- Verify program. We will defund sanctuary cities once and for all. We will stop giving the hundreds of billions of dollars of handouts to illegal immigrants. We will go back to remain in Mexico because guess what, nobody wants to remain in Mexico. We will keep the provisions of Title 42. And instead of catch and release, we will go to catch and deport.
Source: CNN Town Hall: interviews of 2024 presidential candidates , Jun 4, 2023

Instead of catch and release, let's go to catch and deport

This is a crisis created by Republicans and Democrats. This very much should have been dealt with a long time ago and it wasn't. What I would do is first of all do the mandatory e-verify. I would defund sanctuary cities. I would go back to remain in Mexico because no one wants to remain in Mexico. I would fire the 87,000 IRS agents that are going after Middle America and put 25,000 Border Patrol and ICE agents on the ground. And instead of catch and release, let's go to catch and deport.
Source: CBS Face the Nation on 2023 Presidential hopefuls , May 14, 2023

Give local police power to check immigrations status

Nikki is the proud daughter of legal immigrants who believes we are a country of laws, and laws must be enforced. In 2011, she signed one of the toughest immigration laws in the country, giving law enforcement more power to check whether people are illegal immigrants. Nikki fought to put South Carolina first against President Obama's radical immigration agenda. The state sued the Obama administration over an executive order giving millions of illegal immigrants temporary legal status.
Source: 2024 Presidential campaign website NikkiHaley.com , May 7, 2023

Refugee ban: What we did was take a pause

Q: What do you think of the administration curtailing immigration from Muslim-majority countries.

HALEY: I am the proud daughter of Indian immigrants. I believe that the fabric of America is legal immigration. This is not about not wanting people in. This is about keeping the terrorists out. We should never ban based on religion, I mean, period. We should never. And I don't think that's what this is. We will never close our doors in the United States. We won't. But what we did do was take a pause.

Source: Council on Foreign Relations on Trump Cabinet , Mar 29, 2017

FactCheck: US does have history of religion-based exclusion

Gov. Haley criticized Donald Trump's immigration policy of excluding Muslims, saying, "we've never in the history of this country passed any laws or done anything based on...religion." Is that true? We checked and readily found numerous cases:In summary, Haley is incorrect about the US history of religious laws. And Haley's focus on religious exclusion implies acceptance of country-based exclusion (like disallowing Syrian refugees). A country-based policy echoes that 1924 policy--its intent was to exclude Catholics, but using a more subtle method.
Source: OnTheIssues FactCheck: 2016 State of the Union GOP response , Jan 13, 2016

Immigrants have come for generations to live the dream

I am the proud daughter of Indian immigrants who reminded my brothers, my sister and me every day how blessed we were to live in this country. Growing up in the rural south, my family didn't look like our neighbors, and we didn't have much. There were times that were tough, but we had each other, and we had the opportunity to do anything, to be anything, as long as we were willing to work for it.

My story is really not much different from millions of other Americans. Immigrants have been coming to our shores for generations to live the dream that is America. They wanted better for their children than for themselves. That remains the dream of all of us, and in this country we have seen time and again that that dream is achievable.

Source: Republican Party response to 2016 State of the Union speech , Jan 12, 2016

Don't follow the siren call of anti-immigration anger

During anxious times, it can be tempting to follow the siren call of the angriest voices. We must resist that temptation.

No one who is willing to work hard, abide by our laws, and love our traditions should ever feel unwelcome in this country.

At the same time, that does not mean we just flat out open our borders. We can't do that. We cannot continue to allow immigrants to come here illegally. And in this age of terrorism, we must not let in refugees whose intentions cannot be determined.

Source: Republican Party response to 2016 State of the Union speech , Jan 12, 2016

Protect our borders, our sovereignty, and our citizens

We must fix our broken immigration system. That means stopping illegal immigration. And it means welcoming properly vetted legal immigrants, regardless of their race or religion. Just like we have for centuries.

I have no doubt that if we act with proper focus, we can protect our borders, our sovereignty and our citizens, all while remaining true to America's noblest legacies.

Source: Republican Party response to 2016 State of the Union speech , Jan 12, 2016

Audit businesses to see if using E-Verify

We already had a strong anti-illegal immigration bill when I became governor. All I wanted to do was enforce it. Our law required businesses to prove they weren't hiring illegal aliens by using, among other methods, a federal database called E-Verify.

The problem is, for E-Verify to work government has to know whether employers are actually using it. Obama's Department of Homeland Security told us we could no longer audit businesses to check if they were using E-Verify. The privacy of the people being checked, they said, would be compromised if we asked for proof from businesses. Out of the more than 6,000 businesses they had checked, over 2,000 violations had been found. But no more. Now the federal government was saying that we couldn't use the best and most efficient means we had to enforce our law.

My goal wasn't to overburden employers with rules and regulations. I just wanted to use the easiest and least costly way, to ensure we weren't employing illegals, and that was E-Verify.

Source: Can't Is Not an Option, by Gov. Nikki Haley, p.211-212 , Apr 3, 2012

It's not a racial issue; it's about the rule of law

Pro-illegal immigration groups and, quite frankly, the Obama administration constantly want to make illegal immigration a racial issue. They say those who want to crack down on illegal immigration are being insensitive to minorities. They say they're shocked to see me, a minority governor, doing such a thing. They could not be more wrong, about me and about illegal immigration.

I am the proud daughter of legal immigrants--emphasis on the LEGAL. My parents played by the rules and waited their turn. They are offended--as I am--by those who try to backdoor the system and come here illegally. When we allow this debate to be about race, we lose sight of the principle that is really at the heart of it: the rule of law. We are a nation of immigrants, and we're proud of it. But we are first and foremost a nation of laws. If we give up being a nation of laws, we give up everything this country was founded on.

Source: Can't Is Not an Option, by Gov. Nikki Haley, p.213 , Apr 3, 2012

Charge 1% foreign wire fee;& police check immigration status

Excerpts from S 20 legislative records:

Status:Bill passed Senate, 22-14-0; passed House 65-39-20; signed by Governor, June 27, 2011.

Source: South Carolina legislature voting records: S 20 , Jun 27, 2011

Co-sponsored toughest standard of immigration enforcement

We are a nation of immigrants but we are also a nation of laws. It is vitally important that the United States maintains its sovereignty through the process of legal immigration. Nikki has twice co-sponsored legislation that represents the toughest standard of immigration enforcement on the books nation-wide. In 2007, H4400 provided for such programs as E-verify and expanded the ability for state and local law enforcement to question, detain, and transport suspected illegal aliens and traffickers.
Source: 2010 Gubernatorial campaign website, nikkihaley.com "Issues" , Nov 2, 2010

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