Dem. Candidates Stance On Immigration

Here’s what the candidates had to say about immigration during Spanish language television debate.

bullet Obama: “We can’t just have hundreds of thousands of people coming into the country without knowing who they are. It also means, though, that we have an employer verification system that works, and it means that we provide a pathway to citizenship for the 12 million undocumented workers who are already here. And that is something that I have championed, and that is something that I will pass when I am president of the United States; we will begin working on it the first year.”

bullet Clinton: “I have championed comprehensive immigration reform, and it includes starting with securing our borders in order to give people the support they need to come over and support us when it comes to having a pathway to legalization. We all know that this has become a contentious political issue. It is being demagogued, and I believe that it is being used to bash immigrants, and that must stop.”

bullet Kucinich: First of all, a Kucinich administration will build relationships between nations, not walls. We need to move forward with an America that remembers where we came from, and that is—immigration reform has to be central to it. That means there must be a path to legalization, because there are no illegal human beings. We have to start looking at our policies, which are aimed at separating people.”

bullet Richardson: “This is what we need to do in immigration my first year. One, yes, more border security, technology at the border. Number two, a stronger relationship with Mexico and Central America, to create jobs so that flow doesn’t come here. Third, enforce the law. Those that knowingly hire illegal workers should be punished.”

bullet Edwards: ”You know, it’s interesting to me. When you walk into a Blockbuster to—to rent a movie, you don’t see anybody, but you hear a voice saying, ‘Welcome to Blockbuster.’ We can figure out when somebody’s walking into a Blockbuster. It seems to me we can figure out when somebody’s coming into the United States of America, and especially if we use the technology that’s available to us. And I think that’s what the focus should be on—more Border Patrol, better use of technology, as absolutely a path to—to earn citizenship for those who are living here and who are undocumented.”

bullet Gravel: “I think it’s abominable that they go out and do these raids, separate families. … Stop and think—all these people want to do is earn enough money to feed their families, whether they send them money back home or they bring their families here. If we made it easier for them to go back and forth on the borders, you wouldn’t have this problem.”

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