State of South Carolina secondary Archives: on Immigration


Henry McMaster: Say "no" "sanctuary cities"; don't tolerate lawlessness

Prosperity requires law and order. We cannot tolerate lawlessness. That means we must say "no" to "sanctuary cities." Right now, there is no way for the people of South Carolina--or elsewhere--to know for sure whether our local governments are following state and federal immigration laws.

Experience shows that a refusal to enforce one law generally reflects a softness in enforcing other criminal laws, and attracts criminal behavior. Our rule is "trust, but verify." I support bills which would create an enforcement mechanism to register compliance.

We will keep our people safe, and send a message across the nation that there will be no "sanctuary cities" in South Carolina.

Source: 2018 State of the State speech to South Carolina legislature Jan 24, 2018

Henry McMaster: No sanctuary cities; plus annual compliance checks

Governor Henry McMaster announced a new law enforcement initiative to ensure that no South Carolina municipalities become "sanctuary cities" and to establish, in state law, a mechanism through which local officials must annually prove compliance with existing immigration law.

"Our cities are open to all who follow our laws, but are not sanctuaries for those who ignore them," said Gov. Henry McMaster. "South Carolina is a special place, known for the kindness and welcoming nature of its people, but it's also a place that values law and order, and this bill will serve as a strong message to all that we will not tolerate lawlessness."

The legislation would require political subdivisions [cities, towns and counties] to verify compliance with state immigration laws to the SC Law Enforcement Division (SLED) each fiscal year. If a political subdivision is found not to be in compliance, that subdivision will be ineligible for Local Government Fund appropriations for a minimum of three years.

Source: Governor's statement on South Carolina voting record "SLED" Oct 23, 2017

Jeb Bush: Show compassion to illegals with a path to legal status

I have a plan, including controlling the border, dealing with the visa over-stayers, making sure we have a path to legal status, not to citizenship, for those that pay a fine, learn English, don't commit crimes, work and pay taxes. The majority of people that come to this country come because they have no other choice. That doesn't mean it's right. We should pick who comes. We should control our border. Coming here legally should be a lot easier than coming here illegally.
Source: 2016 CBS Republican primary debate in South Carolina Feb 13, 2016

John Kasich: Nuts to deport 11M people; legalize with fine & back taxes

Q: You said earlier this week that the idea of deporting 11 million undocumented workers in this country is "nuts."

KASICH: I'm for sealing the border, I'm for a guest worker program. People can come in, work, and go back home. We haven't closed the border because special interests, I believe, blocked it. We have 11 and a half million people here. If they have not committed a crime since they've been here, make them pay a fine & back taxes, and give them a path to legalization, never to citizenship. It is not going to happen that we're going to run around and try to drag 11 and a half million people out of their homes.

Ted CRUZ: I want people to be able to come out of the shadows. [But] I have promised to rescind every single illegal executive action [by Obama on immigration].

Jeb BUSH: Coming here legally should be a lot easier than coming here illegally.

Source: 2016 CBS Republican primary debate in South Carolina Feb 13, 2016

Marco Rubio: Amnesty means no consequences; I was never for that

Gov. Jeb BUSH: The majority of people that come to this country come because they have no choice. They're not all rapists. These are people coming to provide for their families.

Sen. Ted CRUZ: When Harry Reid and Chuck Schumer were leading the fight to pass a massive amnesty plan, I led the fight to defeat that plan. There is a difference between Senator Rubio and me on this question.

RUBIO: Amnesty is the forgiveness of a wrongdoing without consequence and I've never supported that. The only way to make progress on immigration is not just to pass a law that enforces the law, but actually prove that it's working. People want to see the wall built. They want to see additional border agents. They want to see e-verify. They want to see an entry-exit tracking system. After that is in place, then we'll see what people are willing to support.

Donald TRUMP: I don't often agree with Marco, and I don't often agree with Ted, but I can in this case. The weakest person on illegal immigration is Jeb Bush.

Source: 2016 CBS Republican primary debate in South Carolina Feb 13, 2016

Ted Cruz: I led the fight to defeat the Reid-Schumer amnesty bill

Sen. Marco RUBIO: Amnesty is the forgiveness of a wrongdoing without consequence and I've never supported that. There has to be consequences for violating immigration laws.

CRUZ: When Harry Reid and Chuck Schumer were leading the fight to pass a massive amnesty plan, I led the fight to defeat that plan. The question for anyone on illegal immigration is where were you in that fight?

RUBIO: When that issue was being debated, at a committee hearing, Cruz said, "I want immigration reform to pass. I want people to be able to come out of the shadows." And he proposed an amendment that would legalize people here. Not only that, he proposed doubling the number of green cards. He proposed a 500 percent increase on guest workers. Now he is a passionate opponent of all those things. He either wasn't telling the truth then or he isn't telling the truth now.

CRUZ: I have promised to rescind every single illegal executive action, including that one.

Source: 2016 CBS Republican primary debate in South Carolina Feb 13, 2016

Tim Scott: Protect the borders; prevent illegal entry

Question topic: Government should enforce laws designed to protect the border and to prevent illegal entry of persons into the country.

Scott: Agree

Source: Faith2Action iVoterGuide on 2014 South Carolina Senate race Sep 30, 2014

Thomas Ravenel: Robust worker visa program, plus anything else reasonable

He does not appear to be cowed by anti-immigration activists who have blasted the Senate immigration reform bill as "Grahamnesty" because of Lindsey Graham's support for it. "These immigrants reinvigorate the American spirit," Ravenel says of those in the country today. "That's why I love that show West Side Story, it's about the possibilities of now, that beautiful sense that something wonderful is around the corner. It's that spirit that sometimes we Americans take for granted."

Ravenel endorses a "robust worker visa program," but stops short of endorsing a path to citizenship for those in the United States already. "I am open to any ideas that sound reasonable. What's happening now is totally unreasonable and it's bad for the economy. Saying let's control the border first and then we'll deal with immigration is like saying we can't deal with your cancer until your symptoms go away."

Source: TheDailyBeast blog on 2014 South Carolina Senate race Jul 4, 2014

Lee Bright: Protect the borders; prevent illegal entry

Question topic: Government should enforce laws designed to protect the border and to prevent illegal entry of persons into the country.

Bright: Strongly Agree

Source: Faith2Action iVoterGuide on 2014 South Carolina Senate race Jul 2, 2014

Lee Bright: Secure the border first; but no amnesty

On immigration reform, Bright supports the idea that the border must be secured before further action can be taken. "There are many good ideas on how to proceed, but amnesty is not among them." Bright did not put forth any specific plan during this interview.
Source: Edgefield Advertiser on 2014 South Carolina Senate race Oct 29, 2013

Lindsey Graham: Secure border now in place with comprehensive immigration

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, on 2014 South Carolina Senate race Jun 23, 2013

Lindsey Graham: New amnesty is tough and ends incoming illegals

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, on 2014 South Carolina Senate race Jun 23, 2013

Nikki Haley: 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

Lee Bright: 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. (Sen. Lee Bright sponsored the bill and voted YEA).

Source: South Carolina legislature voting records: S 20 Jun 14, 2011

James Emerson Smith: Voted NAY on police checking 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. (Rep. James Emerson Smith voted NAY).

Source: South Carolina legislature voting records: S 20 May 25, 2011

Duncan Hunter: This administration has “the slows” on border enforcement

This administration has a case of the slows on border enforcement. As long as you’ve got a revolving door and you have no border, it’s not just an immigration problem, it’s a homeland security problem. We need to build the border fence. We need to have a Border Patrol which is big enough to get the job done, and we need to be able to ask people when they want to come into America, knock on the front door, because the back door is going to be closed.
Source: 2007 Republican Debate in South Carolina May 15, 2007

John McCain: America expects us to work on immigration together

Q [to Tancredo]: Do you think that Sen. McCain is soft on immigration?

TANCREDO: I do. He sponsored a bill that would have given amnesty to everybody who’s here illegally. It would have required us to actually consult with Mexico as to whether or not we would build the fence along our southern border. If we pursue this path toward amnesty, it’s a disaster for the country.

McCAIN: I have never supported amnesty and never would. But the American people expect us to sit down and work this issue out together. That’s what I’ve been doing for a couple of years now. We are very close to an agreement, led by our president and his Cabinet, that will first secure our borders. Then we would have a temporary worker program that could only be valid through a tamper-proof biometric document. And then we would address the issue of the 12 million people who are already here.

ROMNEY: The key part of what I objected to in McCain-Kennedy is that they should not get any advantage by having come here illegally.

Source: 2007 Republican Debate in South Carolina May 15, 2007

Mitt Romney: McCain’s plan gives special pathway to those here illegally

Q: You have also called Sen. McCain’s immigration plan amnesty. But you said, “Those that are here paying taxes and not taking government benefits should begin a process toward application for citizenship as they would from their home country.” Why isn’t that amnesty as well?

A: Well, my view is this. People should have no advantage by having come here illegally.

Q: But you’re not telling them to go home.

A: I am going to tell them to go home, but they start by beginning the process of applying for citizenship or applying for permanent residency. They’re not going to be barred from doing that, but they do not get any advantage by having come here illegally. That’s the key part of what I objected to in McCain-Kennedy, which said that people who are here illegally get a special pathway. My view, 1) secure the border; 2) have an employment verification system; and 3) say to those that are there illegally, get in line with everybody else.

Source: 2007 Republican Debate in South Carolina May 15, 2007

Rudy Giuliani: Allow immigrants to work, with tamper-proof ID cards

Q: You said about illegal immigrant in NYCs: “If you come here, and you work hard, and you happen to be in an undocumented status, you’re one of the people who we want in this city.” If that was good enough for New York, why isn’t it good enough for the country?

A: The focus on immigration should be to know everyone who’s in the US. We should have a tamper-proof ID card; we should have a database in which we can identify the people who are in this country. We’ve got to be sensible about immigration. If we do the kinds of things that some of the [other GOP candidates] are talking about, this country’s going to be in greater danger; it is going to be more insecure; we’re going to face a situation in which terrorists can find a big underground to hide in. So we need a fence--a technological fence--we need a tamper-proof ID card. And we need a way that people who are working in this country can come forward, sign up for the tamper-proof ID card, get in the database and start paying their way.

Source: 2007 Republican Debate in South Carolina May 15, 2007

Sam Brownback: Toughen the borders & combine enforcement with legalization

Q: You say that you’re a full-scale Ronald Reagan Republican, and yet you support comprehensive immigration reform. Are those the stands that Ronald Reagan would take?

A: We had a situation in 1986 under Ronald Reagan, where he endorsed an the amnesty proposal. We had a proposal in 1996 that passed that was an enforcement-only proposal. And pulling these together is something that we have to do, to fundamentally alter the situation where the immigration system isn’t working. We’ve got to toughen the borders. And we’ve got to somehow work together to see a work visa program that will allow people to get into a legal system, not an illegal system. That’s what people really get irritated about. It’s not that people come into the country legally, it’s that they come in illegally. And I think Ronald Reagan would work on those sorts of things.

Source: 2007 Republican Debate in South Carolina May 15, 2007

Tom Tancredo: McCain’s plan is soft on immigration & amnesty

Q [to Tancredo]: Do you think that Sen. McCain is soft on immigration?

TANCREDO: I do. He sponsored a bill that would have given amnesty to everybody who’s here illegally. It would have required us to actually consult with Mexico as to whether or not we would build the fence along our southern border. If we pursue this path toward amnesty, it’s a disaster for the country.

McCAIN: I have never supported amnesty and never would. But the American people expect us to sit down and work this issue out together. That’s what I’ve been doing for a couple of years now. We are very close to an agreement, led by our president and his Cabinet, that will first secure our borders. Then we would have a temporary worker program that could only be valid through a tamper-proof biometric document. And then we would address the issue of the 12 million people who are already here.

ROMNEY: The key part of what I objected to in McCain-Kennedy is that they should not get any advantage by having come here illegally.

Source: [X-ref McCain] 2007 Republican Debate in South Carolina May 15, 2007

Hillary Clinton: Comprehensive reform to get 12 million out of shadows

Q: Would you offer a form of amnesty for illegal aliens?

A: I’m in favor of comprehensive immigration reform, which includes tightening our border security, sanctioning employers to employ undocumented immigrants, getting the 12 million or so immigrants out of the shadows. That’s very important to me. After 9/11, we’ve got to know who’s in this country. And then giving them a chance to pay a fine, pay back taxes, learn English & stand in line to be eligible for a legal status in this country.

Source: 2007 South Carolina Democratic primary debate, on MSNBC Apr 26, 2007

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2016 Presidential contenders on Immigration:
  Republicans:
Gov.Jeb Bush(FL)
Dr.Ben Carson(MD)
Gov.Chris Christie(NJ)
Sen.Ted Cruz(TX)
Carly Fiorina(CA)
Gov.Jim Gilmore(VA)
Sen.Lindsey Graham(SC)
Gov.Mike Huckabee(AR)
Gov.Bobby Jindal(LA)
Gov.John Kasich(OH)
Gov.Sarah Palin(AK)
Gov.George Pataki(NY)
Sen.Rand Paul(KY)
Gov.Rick Perry(TX)
Sen.Rob Portman(OH)
Sen.Marco Rubio(FL)
Sen.Rick Santorum(PA)
Donald Trump(NY)
Gov.Scott Walker(WI)
Democrats:
Gov.Lincoln Chafee(RI)
Secy.Hillary Clinton(NY)
V.P.Joe Biden(DE)
Gov.Martin O`Malley(MD)
Sen.Bernie Sanders(VT)
Sen.Elizabeth Warren(MA)
Sen.Jim Webb(VA)

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Gov.Gary Johnson(L-NM)
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Robert Steele(L-NY)
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