State of Idaho Archives: on Immigration


Michael Crapo: Strongest border enforcement possible; no amnesty

The United States must commit the resources necessary to have the strongest border enforcement realistically possible. Preservation of the integrity of our borders is essential to immigration policy as well as national security. Our immigration system must not grant amnesty to those who enter our country illegally or illegally overstay their visas. No person who breaks the law should obtain any benefit toward either permanent legal residency or citizenship as a result of their illegal conduct.
Source: Magic Valley Times-News on 2022 Idaho Senate race Apr 9, 2021

Paulette Jordan: Address immigration, border security, enforcement separately

This is a complex issue which requires a multi-faceted solution and a compassionate, people-first approach. First, the system is backlogged and overburdened in such a way that the response to its inefficiency is illegal immigration. We cannot continue down that path. Providing more opportunities immigrants to work legally in the U.S. will ease tensions at the border. We need legislation to address the issues of legal immigration, border security, and enforcement separately, as they are complex.
Source: The Idaho Press on 2020 Idaho Senate race May 12, 2020

Nancy Harris: Reform immigration and provide path to citizenship

Source: 2020 Idaho Senate website NancyHarrisForSenate.com Feb 5, 2020

Paulette Jordan: She wants to forge pathway for illegals to become citizens

Q: What's the solution to problems around immigration?

Jordan: The governor can be the champion to build the pathway forward for undocumented immigrants. As governor, I would have a platform to lobby at the national level to make sure there is complete comprehensive reform for immigrants to become documented. In Idaho, an undocumented person doesn't have access to a driver's license; that's a major concern for many because they are not insured.

Source: Idaho Business Review on 2018 Idaho Gubernatorial race Apr 27, 2018

Raul Labrador: Building wall is critical step against illegal immigrants

Securing the border is a critical step, but not the only step, in ending illegal immigration as we know it. I agree with President Trump that border wall funding must be included in the next government funding bill.
Source: 2018 Idaho Gubernatorial campaign website labrador.house.gov Aug 22, 2017

Raul Labrador: Toughen laws against illegal immigrants

On May 24, the House Judiciary approved Rep. Labrador's bill, H.R. 2431, the Davis-Oliver Act giving states and localities authority to enforce federal immigration laws, and makes it more difficult for terrorists and criminals to enter our country. On June 29, Rep. Labrador voted for Kate's Law, increasing penalties for deported felons who return to the U.S. and the No Sanctuary for Criminals Act, combating policies shielding illegal immigrants.
Source: 2018 Idaho Gubernatorial campaign website labrador.house.gov Aug 22, 2017

Jerry Sturgill: Refugees contribute to society; don't close borders for fear

Sen Michael Crapo (R) said he disagrees with banning people from the country based either on their religion or on their country of origin, both of which have been proposed at times by Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. However, he stressed, there is legitimate concern about whether terrorists are able to make it into the U.S. through refugee resettlement, and the federal government needs to address it. "The solution is to resolve the vetting issue," Crapo said.

Sturgill said he has worked with refugees who contribute to society and the economy and said he supports the inclusive views toward immigrants and refugees espoused by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, of which both Sturgill and Crapo are members. Sturgill said he would oppose closing our borders based on fear. "It's inconsistent with my belief, it's inconsistent with the church's position, and we should continue to be that kind of beacon to the world that we've been historically," he said.

Source: Twin Falls Times-News on 2016 Idaho Senate race Aug 11, 2016

Nels Mitchell: Idaho's farmers need immigration reform

My first priority is jobs and the economy. I would be an advocate for Idaho's economy and living wage jobs; there is a lot that a Senator working for Idaho can do. I would support and fight for funding for INL, and not vote against its funding as Jim Risch recently did. I would be a staunch defender of Mountain Home Air Force Base and other federal facilities. I would work with Idaho's farmers who are advocating the need for immigration reform.
Source: 2014 Idaho Senate campaign website, NelsMitchellForIdaho.com Sep 1, 2014

Michael Crapo: Strongest border enforcement realistically possible

I have consistently maintained that there is a real need for a rational immigration policy. As additional immigration proposals are considered in Congress, I will continue to press for an immigration policy that is built on several important principles:

First, the United States must commit the resources necessary to have the strongest border enforcement realistically possible. Preservation of the integrity of our borders is essential to both a sensible guest worker program as well as our national security. When we have a stable and manageable guest worker and immigration system, we will be able to ensure that those who come to our country, whether they seek to come as a temporary worker or to obtain permanent residency, do so in compliance with our rule of law.

Source: Vote-USA.org on 2011 Idaho Senate incumbents Jan 11, 2011

Raul Labrador: Strengthen border security; redouble our efforts

Raul supports strengthening border security and cracking down on illegal immigration both in Idaho and across America. It remains vitally important that we redouble our efforts to secure our borders and control illegal immigration. In Congress, Raul will support real immigration reform that puts border security and enforcement of immigration laws first.

Raul is the only candidate for Congress who understands the complex immigration system and can propose strong conservative ideas for positive reform.

Source: 2010 House campaign website, labrador4idaho.com, "Issues" Nov 2, 2010

Tom Sullivan: Pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants

Q: Do you support a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants?

A: Yes.

Source: Idaho Congressional 2010 Political Courage Test Sep 9, 2010

Jim Risch: I oppose amnesty in any form

We must secure our borders, stop illegal aliens and terrorists from entering our country. I oppose amnesty in any form.
Source: 2008 Senate campaign website, www.Risch4Idaho.com, “Issues” May 2, 2008

Jim Risch: First and foremost, we need to secure our borders

I believe there is a three-pronged approach to immigration reform. First and foremost, we need to secure our borders. We cannot begin to solve this problem until we can control the borders. Second, we need to reform our current immigration laws making a practical and workable program for legal immigration and workers. Finally, there should be no amnesty. No one should be rewarded for breaking the law.
Source: Vote-USA.org on 2020 Idaho Senate race Apr 3, 2008

Butch Otter: Make English the official state language

Legislative Summary: Declares English to be the official state language; to provide that English is the sole language of government; to provide the State Board of Education rulemaking authority governing the use of foreign languages in the public schools; and to provide for recognition of specified constitutional rights.

Legislative Outcome: Passed Senate 20-15-0, March 7; passed House 46-20-4, March 19; signed by Gov. Otter, March 28

Source: Idaho Legislative voting records on S 1172 Mar 28, 2007

Brad Little: Make English the official state language

Legislative Summary: Declares English to be the official state language; to provide that English is the sole language of government; to provide the State Board of Education rulemaking authority governing the use of foreign languages in the public schools; and to provide for recognition of specified constitutional rights.

Legislative Outcome: Sen. Little voted AYE; passed Senate 20-15-0, March 7; passed House 46-20-4, March 19; signed by Gov. Otter, March 28

Source: Idaho Legislative voting records on S 1172 Mar 7, 2007

Russ Fulcher: Make English the official state language

Legislative Summary: Declares English to be the official state language; to provide that English is the sole language of government; to provide the State Board of Education rulemaking authority governing the use of foreign languages in the public schools; and to provide for recognition of specified constitutional rights.

Legislative Outcome: Sen. Fulcher voted AYE; passed Senate 20-15-0, March 7; passed House 46-20-4, March 19; signed by Gov. Otter, March 28

Source: Idaho Legislative voting records on S 1172 Mar 7, 2007

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V.P.Joe Biden (D-DE)
Mayor Mike Bloomberg (I-NYC)
Gov.Steve Bullock (D-MT)
Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D-IN)
Sen.Cory Booker (D-NJ)
Secy.Julian Castro (D-TX)
Gov.Lincoln Chafee (L-RI)
Rep.John Delaney (D-MD)
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Gov.Deval Patrick (D-MA)
Sen.Bernie Sanders (I-VT)
CEO Tom Steyer (D-CA)
Sen.Elizabeth Warren (D-MA)
Marianne Williamson (D-CA)
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Howard Schultz(I-WA)
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