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Updated: 2/01/16
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Mandate E-Verify-plus
  • While most candidates say we need to secure the border first, Christie has consistently stated that we need mandatory E-Verify first. He falls short of an excellent because he has yet to weigh in on “E-Verify plus” that deals with identity fraud. “The reason we’re not dealing with immigration as strongly as we need to be in my opinion is because of the Chamber of Commerce crowd,” he said, pointing to their support for cheaper labor and their opposition to using E-verify. Christie made his comment in August 2015 at the Red State Gathering, after a person in the audience questioned the Chamber’s damaging influence in elective politics. He pointed out that millions of illegal immigrants were coming into the country to work instead of vote and that tougher immigration verification standards for businesses would help secure the border. “If every employer in this country was required to use E-verify and the fines were large enough that they would wipe out every nickel of profit they make by hiring cheaper illegal labor, that would help American workers,” he said, adding, “It will make the border more secure, and it will let the American people know that they are back in charge, not any corporate big shots or politicians down in Washington, DC,” he said. Source: http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2015/08/07/chris-christie-blasts-chamber-of-commerce-crowd-on-illegal-immigration/
  • During an appearance on CBS This Morning in July 2015, Gov. Chrisite said you have to punish employers who hire illegal aliens. "If they’re not able to be employed if they come here illegally, if every employer uses E-Verify and if they violate the late, there are fines that are so significant that the profit they make off hiring lower-wage workers and discriminating against American workers won’t be worth their while.” Source: http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2015/07/06/chris-christie-trumps-comments-on-illegal-immigrants-inappropriate/
  • Gov Christie made similar comments on CNN in July 2015. "We've got to penalize employers who hire people who are here illegally. Because the fact is that that shouldn't happen and it's exploiting American workers. But in addition to that, it's exploiting many of those people who are here illegally because they're being paid less money. So we need to make bigger fines to make sure that those employers who violate the law are being held accountable." Source: http://www.cnn.com/2015/07/17/politics/chris-christie-illegal-immigration-employers/
  • During an economic conference in Florida in June 2015, Gov. Christie called for mandatory E-Verify and increased penalties for employers who hire illegal aliens. "We have to put the onus on employers," Christie said. Source: http://www.usnews.com/news/blogs/run-2016/2015/06/02/chris-christie-no-border-fence
  • In April 2015, Gov. Christie did not speak about E-Verify by name and has not taken any action while governor to require its use, he said he does support verifying the immigration status of employees to make sure illegal aliens do not take jobs: "Walls can be gotten over. The reason people come here is to work. So if we clamp down on folks who are hiring people in this manner, once we set up a fair system that everybody is signed on to, then I think we'll really decrease" the amount of new illegal immigrants." Source: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/elections/2016/2015/04/20/chris-christie-stance-on-immigration/26103865/
  • In May 2015, Christie has also pointed to the problem of employers hiring illegal workers: "Quite frankly, employers are a huge part of this problem,” he said, calling for a stronger E-verify system. “If folks know when they come here that they’re not going to get a job, if they come here illegally, the incentive to come is going to be significantly less.”  Sourcehttp://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2015/05/01/chris-christie-outlines-principles-on-illegal-immigration/
  • In May 2015, at a town hall meeting in Sparta, N.J., Christie said, “Most people come here illegally because they want to work,” He said employers should be required to use the E-Verify system to make sure they do not hire anyone illegally. SOURCE: http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2015/05/14/christie-town-hall-immigration/

Prevent illegal border entries & surges
  • During a CNN interview in August 2015 Gov. Christie addressed border security saying, “The United States’ll pay for that,” said Mr. Christie, a 2016 GOP presidential contender. … “So we should build it in those places, especially urban areas along the border where it’s more difficult to patrol, you have a greater volume of folks,” Mr. Christie said. “Second, we need to have FBI, DEA, and ATF agents embedded with border patrol folks to deal with the criminal element. They’re much more trained to be able to deal with gun-running an drug-running than our typical border agents are.” Source: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/aug/17/chris-christie-donald-trumps-immigration-plan-isnt/
  • Gov. Christie has been reluctant to address the issue of border security. As reported by NJ.com in November 2014, "a newspaper reporter speaking to Christie one on one asked a question about what 'securing the border' -- the biggest issue in the campaign -- meant to him. Christie looked the reporter in the eye, turned on his heel, and walked out into an awaiting car without a word." Gov. Christie has shown a disregard for, or an ignorance of the benefits of, a border fence. Source: http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2014/11/christie_travel_story.html
  • During a town hall meeting in New Hampsire in July 2015, Gov. Christie said he didn't support a fence, but did support drones and electronic surveillance. "Please be careful about anybody who's running for president who is going to tell you that they're going to build a wall across the entire southern border. It's not going to happen; it's the wrong message to send and it's not going to be effective. ... Let's not kid ourselves that this is the easy answer. There may be certain spots where it makes sense to build a wall or build a fence. But not the whole thing." Source: http://www.newsmax.com/Politics/christie-immigration-jab-trump/2015/07/02/id/653266/
  • In May 2015, at a town hall meeting in Sparta, N.J., Christie said he’s not in favor of putting up a wall along the southwest border “because I think it’s too expensive and too inefficient.” He said there should be walls in spots, cameras all along the border, more border patrols and a crackdown on employers who hire undocumented immigrants. SOURCE: http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2015/05/14/christie-town-hall-immigration/
  • During an economic conference in Florida in June 2015, Gov. Christie reiterated his opposition to a border fence. The solution to the country's immigration issues is "not building a wall or fence on the entire border," Christie said. "The entire border? Absolutely not." Source: http://www.usnews.com/news/blogs/run-2016/2015/06/02/chris-christie-no-border-fence

Implement Interior Enforcement
  • In a January 2016 interview Washington Examiner’s Byron York asked Gov. Christie if he agreed with Sen. Ted Cruz’s position of attrition through enforcement. "I think that would be the practical effect of it, yes," Christie responded. Source:  http://www.politico.com/story/2016/01/chris-christie-ted-cruz-immigration-217996#ixzz3ysePS19F

  • In the January 2016 Washington Examiner interview with Byron York Gov. Christie said that you must secure the border before you can deal with the illegal aliens already living in the U.S. “You can't do what Trump is talking about, which is a mass deportation of 11 million people in two years. As both a practical matter and, I think, a matter of common sense, that's just not going to work. But I do think that E-verify over time will encourage some people to leave on their own. If they can't get a job here, they can't get work here, a number of them will leave. And that's part of the whole enforce-the-law process that I was talking about before — biometric system at the border on visas, E-verify on employment inside the country, and secure our border at the southern border. When people start to see that working, then we can have a conversation as a country about what you do with those who remain. But until that time, people are not going to tolerate that conversation. They just won't. The political capital and will is not there to have that conversation, so you're just wasting your time having it," Christie said. Source: http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/byron-york-a-few-questions-for-chris-christie-on-immigration/article/2580863

  • In the January 2016 Washington Examiner interview with Byron York, Gov. Christie said he did not really believe systems like E-verify that would prevent illegal aliens from getting jobs would cause them to leave the U.S. "Self-deportation is not going to happen, in general. There may be a few that decide they want to get up and leave, but for the most part self-deportation is not going to happen," Christie said. Source:  http://www.politico.com/story/2016/01/chris-christie-ted-cruz-immigration-217996#ixzz3ysePS19F

  • After a seven-times convicted felon, five-times deported illegal alien confessed to killing a woman in San Francisco, Gov. Christie said he opposes sanctuary cities. "Sanctuary cities have to stop protecting felons in the midst of law-abiding people. That has to end and if I'm elected president it will end in a Christie administration." Source: http://www.nj.com/opinion/index.ssf/2015/07/chris_christie_tries_to_trump_donald_on_immigratio.html
  • Gov. Christie signed legislation to give in-state tuition to illegal aliens, but vetoed legislation to give drivers licenses to illegal aliens: "I’m not giving drivers licenses to people that are undocumented, that’s it. It is the single most important form of identification, it gets you on to airplanes…all the things that you need to do to identify yourself a driver’s license does that. I cannot give drivers licenses to people who I cannot be sure who they are and it’s that simple. I’m not doing it. And I’ve had that position right from the beginning." Source: http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/politics/2015/04/29/gov-chris-christie-reiterates-hell-never-give-drivers-licenses-to-undocumented/
  • In May 2015, Gov. Christie said of the legislation, "it made economic sense to do it." Source: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/may/19/chris-christie-path-citizenship-extreme-way-go/#ixzz3acYHRJXT

Finish entry-exit system to track visa overstays
  • At a September 2015 campaign event Christie offered more details about his proposal to more closely track immigrants with U.S. visas in order to crack down on illegal immigration. "We should use biometric technology to track people who come as visitors. They are not immigrants, they are not immigrating here. They are here to visit for a period of time, get an education or do something we permit them to do to visit our country, and we should track those people and they should not stay over the period of time they do.…The technology exists. I think you can do it with fingerprint technology," Christie said. "Government doesn't do this." Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/chris-christie-immigration-fedex_55e7337ee4b0aec9f35584ab

  • "They're not coming over the border — they're coming through the airport," Christie railed at a Tuftonboro, N.H., campaign stop in September 2015, "And we just lose track of them. So I would say that we have to put together a biometric system that can track those folks from the minute they come in, until the minute it's time for them to leave." Source:http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2015/09/fedex_visa_tracking_christie_called_for_already_in.html

End automatic birthright citizenship
  • During an August 2015 interview on CBS’ Face the Nation, Christie said that the Constitution supports birthright citizenship for illegal aliens and he would only support changing it as part of a larger comprehensive immigration reform plan. On the issue of birthright citizenship - the practice of granting U.S. citizenship to every child born on American soil - Christie said, "It's in the Constitution. And I don't think that we should be looking to change it. Now what I said was if we wanted to have comprehensive immigration reform, I'd be willing to listen to anything. But the truth of the matter is that that's not something we should be being focused on. That's an applause line," he added. Source:  http://www.cbsnews.com/news/chris-christie-calls-donald-trumps-immigration-plan-too-simplistic/
  • In August 2015 when asked on "Fox & Friends" about his views on birthright citizenship, Christie said, “Everything should be on the table to be discussed to try to make sure that what we do is we get the most effective system we can to end what's been happening in this country.” Source: http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/donald-trumps-gop-rivals-blast-immigration-plan/story?id=33162309
  • In an August 2015 In a radio interview with Laura Ingraham Gov. Christie said, “I think all this stuff needs to be reexamined in light of the current circumstances,” he said. “[Birthright citizenship] may have made sense
    at some point in our history, but right now, we need to re-look at all that.”
    Source: http://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2015-08-19/where-the-republican-presidential-candidates-stand-on-birthright-citizenship

Oppose work permits for illegal immigrants

Support overall reduction in annual immigration
  • In a January 2016 interview with Washington Examiner’s Byron York, Gov. Christie said that immigration levels should remain the same. “I think the level of immigration should stay the same. I don't think we should be looking to increase it until we get under control both our border situation and our visa situation. And I think that could be done relatively quickly, but I don't think it's there now, and I don't think people want to see us increase the levels of immigration into this country until we get that under control…. No, I wouldn't be an advocate of decreasing it at this point, no.” Source: http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/byron-york-a-few-questions-for-chris-christie-on-immigration/article/2580863

  • In a November 2015 radio interview with Hugh Hewitt Gov. Christie said the U.S. should not accept any new Syrian refugees. "I do not trust this administration to effectively vet the people who are proposed to be coming in," the New Jersey governor and presidential hopeful said."The fact is that we need appropriate vetting and I don't think orphans under five are being, you know, should be admitted into the United States at this point. But you know, they have no family here. How are we going to care for these folks?"  Source: http://www.cleveland.com/rnc-2016/index.ssf/2015/11/christie_joins_calls_to_stop_i.html

End chain migration
  • Gov. Christie has not addressed the issue of chain migration.

Protect against unfair work-visa competition

End visa lottery
  • Gov. Christie has not indicated a position on the visa lottery.