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Rick Santorum

 

Updated: 1/22/16
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Month
July
Day
18
Year
2016
Reduce competition from, and enticement for,
ILLEGAL WORK FORCE
Prevent competition from
AMNESTIED WORKERS
Reduce unfair competition from
FUTURE IMMIGRANT WORKERS
 
Santorum

Tell Rick Santorum he can do better on immigration:

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Mandate E-Verify-plus
  • Sen. Santorum, in a May 2015 Breitbart op-ed, called for the implementation and mandatory use of the E-Verify system.  "The burden of eliminating the problems caused by illegal immigration does not only lie at the feet of border enforcement, it is also the responsibility of businesses not to tempt illegal immigrants into our country. This is why I believe the E-Verify system must be made mandatory, apply to existing employees as well as new hires, inform employers if there is no match between the Social Security Number and other information submitted, and inform employees if there is possible identity fraud from excessive multiple use." Source: http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2015/05/06/an-immigration-policy-for-hard-working-americans/
  • This statement follows his 2012 promise to mandate use of an employment verification system: "We need a strong and workable employer verification system... I appreciate the hard work and honest effort to strengthen these provisions, but cannot support a system that would actually prevent an employer from doing what we must require them to do - verify the legal status of their employees. This is a key element in the debate. We must hold employers accountable, and we must provide an effective and practical way for them to determine the status of their employees." Source: http://2012election.procon.org/view.answers.election.php?questionID=1725#rick-santorum
  • During a June 2015 appearance on FoxNews Sunday, Sen. Santorum reiterated his position on E-Verify. When asked what do you do with the 11 million illegal aliens living in the coutnry illegally, he said, "You just use E-Verify. You require E-Verify." Source: http://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2015-06-07/rick-santorum-s-solution-for-the-undocumented-population-use-e-verify

Prevent illegal border entries & surges
  • In a May 2015 op-ed on Brietbart.com, Sen. Santorum came out against President Obama's inept handling of the border surge and called for specific border security improvements: "First, we must secure the border and end the acute border surge. The southwestern border is out of control. The way to bring it under control is more and better fencing and more smartly-deployed manpower. To be effective, a fence needs to be similar to the border fencing that Israel uses – high with barbed wire, a screening fence, and a patrol road along it. The complementary way to achieve operational control of the border is to strengthen the Border Patrol: complete surveillance systems; more manpower, especially in the short-run; and reformed Border Patrol operations.... Meanwhile, we have acute border surges because the Obama Administration has let unaccompanied minors from countries other than Mexico, and asylum-seekers, be moved away from the border and thus almost never deported. This non-enforcement of the law has encouraged more such border crossings. The way to end these crossings is to never let unaccompanied minors or asylum-seekers move from the border, to increase the resources needed to judge their cases, and to deport most of them." Source: http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2015/05/06/an-immigration-policy-for-hard-working-americans/

Implement Interior Enforcement
  • While in Congress, Sen. Santorum voted in favor of defunding sanctuary cities and voted to prevent illegal aliens from receiving Social Security benefits.  Santorum has also called for the enforcement of current immigration laws in a May 2015 op-ed on Brietbart.com: "And existing laws should simply be enforced. There should be a sufficient number of immigration judges and a sufficient number of Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents to do so, as well as expedited procedures for removing illegal immigrants who come into the custody of law enforcement." Source: http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2015/05/06/an-immigration-policy-for-hard-working-americans/
  • During his speech at the National Press Club in August 2015, Santorum called again for more enforcement of current immigration laws, even for illegal aliens that have children. "That doesn't obviate the fact that they've broken the law and there are consequences to breaking the law," Santorum said. "Any more than you would say, 'We can't send mothers and fathers to prison because it would separate them from their children.' Then no moms and dads would be in jail," he said. Source: http://www.mcall.com/news/local/elections/mc-rick-santorum-immigration-plan-20150820-story.html
  • In a September 2015 campaign stop in Iowa, Santorum said that deporting illegal aliens is a realistic way to address the nation’s broken immigration system. “I am for an orderly process of removals,” Santorum added. Source: http://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/elections/presidential/caucus/2015/09/23/santorum-backs-deportations-fix-immigration-crisis/72671742/
  • In the January 2016 GOP debate in Charleston, SC Sen. Santorum said that by sending people who have been in the U.S. for awhile back to their home countries would help that country. “I'm going to export America, the education they were able to see. They learned English language. They learned about capitalism. They learned about democracy. You want to stop flow of immigrants? Let's send six million Mexicans, Hondurans, Guatemalans, El Savadorians... back into their country, so they can start a renaissance in their country so they won't be coming over here anymore.” Source: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2016/01/14/transcript-fox-business-undercard-republican-debate/

Finish entry-exit system to track visa overstays
  • Sen. Santorum, in a May 2015 Breitbart op-ed, called for the tracking of all entries and exits from the United States and the improvement and implementation of the US-VISIT system. "Second, all entries and exits should be tracked. Stopping illegal immigrants from crossing the border is just one part of curbing illegal immigration. Very roughly 40 percent of illegal immigrants first enter legally but then overstay their visas (the exact number is No Action). The government’s existing entry-exit tracking system, US-VISIT, does not track 100 percent of entries and tracks few exits. It should be completed and track all of them." Source: http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2015/05/06/an-immigration-policy-for-hard-working-americans/

End automatic birthright citizenship
  • Sen. Santorum, in a Breitbart op-ed, called for the abolition of birthright citizenship for illegal aliens and tourists, although he failed to explain how he'd do it: "Other enticements to illegal immigration, such as birthright citizenship, should be ended. Only children born on American soil where at least one parent is a citizen or resident aliens is automatically a U.S. citizen. Of developed countries other than the United States, only Canada has birthright citizenship." Source: http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2015/05/06/an-immigration-policy-for-hard-working-americans/

Oppose work permits for illegal immigrants

Support overall reduction in annual immigration
  • In a May 2015 op-ed on Brietbart.com, Sen. Santorum has stated that he wishes to reduce overall immigration to 750,000 per year. While we are very pleased that he wishes to reduce overall numbers, we believe 750,000 is still too high. "We should reduce legal immigration from its current level of 1,050,000 immigrants a year to about 750,000 annually. Our legal immigration system is broken, and we are allowing record-high numbers of legal immigrants to come to America. This has an impact on our economy and American workers who are competing with a million new immigrants each year for jobs." Source: http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2015/05/06/an-immigration-policy-for-hard-working-americans/
  • In a May 2015 appearance on ABC News, Santorum defended his position on reducing overall immigration numbers. George Stephanopoulos attempted to go after Santorum’s stance on immigration: “You’ve actually gone further than a lot of Republicans and say it's time to reduce legal immigration. Hasn't legal immigration been the engine of growth and opportunity in America for generations?” Santorum explained: “I'm only talking about a 25% reduction in legal immigration....the most affected are African-Americans and Hispanics who have the highest rates of unemployment and are the ones who find the most competition with recent immigrants. So the idea that this is anti-Hispanic or anti-whatever it is, is ridiculous.” Source: http://newsbusters.org/blogs/kyle-drennen/2015/05/28/stephanopoulos-presses-santorum-rand-paul-blaming-gop-isis
  • In December 2015 Santorum said he favors halting immigration from countries that host Islamic extremists. “I think that there are countries where we should not be bringing in people. Obviously, we should not be bringing in Muslims from those countries. I am not worried about radicalized Christians from Yemen, but I am worried about radicalized Muslims from those countries,” Santorum said. Source: http://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/elections/presidential/caucus/2015/12/08/santorum-block-muslim-immigration-radical-countries/76982064/

End chain migration
  • Sen. Santorum wanted to end chain migration during his 2012 campaign and in a May 2015 op-ed on Brietbart.com, he reiterated that desire. However, he has not stated what he would do about the current visa backlog. "To accomplish this, we must first start with eliminating chain migration (the immigration of adult relatives) and the diversity visa lottery (a random global give-away of American citizenship). These policies are antiquated, unfair, out of step with the policies of other developed countries, and not based on the needs of our nation." Source: http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2015/05/06/an-immigration-policy-for-hard-working-americans/
  • In a September 2015 campaign stop in Iowa Santorum repeated his support for ending chain migration. “We changed the law in 1990 to allow in folks who are adult children, not just minor children, and the parents of the person and the brothers and sisters of the person and their spouses,” Santorum said. “All of a sudden from this one person, you have this chain of migration,” Santorum says, “a lot it coming from third world countries that are hostile to the United States.” Source: http://www.radioiowa.com/2015/09/23/santorum-limit-the-chain-of-legal-immigration-into-u-s/

Protect against unfair work-visa competition
  • In a May 2015 op-ed on Brietbart.com, Sen. Santorum said, "For the past decade-plus, wages for the 74 percent of Americans who don’t have college degrees have been stagnant, and median income has fallen, in part because of a combination of millions of illegal immigrants and new legal immigrants coming to this country per year. The impact of this economic stagnation has struck native-born African Americans and Hispanics harder than whites. Since 2000, the employment rate for native-born African Americans has worsened by 9.2 percent and Hispanics by 7.7 percent, while employment for whites has worsened by 6.1 percent. Granting amnesty only exacerbates this problem." Source: http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2015/05/06/an-immigration-policy-for-hard-working-americans/
  • In July 2015, Sen. Santorum continued to talk about the impact of immigration on American workers. He told the Washington Times, “We have to analyze what the impact is …. on those who are struggling the most in America,” he said. “And to do that is not jingoistic. It is not xenophobic. It is simply a rational policy discussion that we should be able to have in this country without being called various names that are not particularly appetizing.” Source: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/jul/13/santorum-immigration-should-be-forefront-2016-race/
  • During a breakfast hosted by the Christian Science Monitor in July 2015, Sen. Santorum continued to discuss the impacts of immigration on American workers. “All that glitters is not gold,” Mr Santorum said, arguing that fewer immigrants should be allowed in the states to protect low-skill jobs for Americans."Since 2000, there have been about 6.5 million net new jobs created in this country. What percentage of those net new jobs are held by people who are in this country but not born in this country? The answer is all of them. There are fewer native-born Americans working today than there was in the year 2000.” Source: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/rick-santorum-says-donald-trump-was-too-liberal-on-mexicans-for-calling-them-rapists-and-drug-dealers-10388127.html
  • During an August 2015 interview with Brietbart, Rick Santorum said he would change the current H1B program to only allow highly skilled IT workers, which would decrease competition for American workers. Santorum was disheartened that companies would have American workers train foreign workers as replacements so the companies could pay the foreign workers roughly 30 percent less. Santorum’s plan to change the H1B program is to “focuses on the highly skilled workers – not just your basic tech worker.” He argues there are less “highly skilled” IT workers overseas, so “you’re going to have trouble finding 55,000 people that are coming into this country.” Source: http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2015/08/21/exclusive-rick-santorum-calls-for-orderly-process-of-removal-for-illegals/

End visa lottery
  • Sen. Santorum, in a May 2015 Breitbart op-ed, called for end of the diversity visa lottery: "To accomplish this, we must first start with eliminating chain migration (the immigration of adult relatives) and the diversity visa lottery (a random global give-away of American citizenship). These policies are antiquated, unfair, out of step with the policies of other developed countries, and not based on the needs of our nation." Source: http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2015/05/06/an-immigration-policy-for-hard-working-americans/