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Sen. Casey (D-Pa.) -- Increase Border and Workplace Enforcement

Quotes - Wednesday, October 14, 2009

AP: Please explain whether you support a bill recently passed in the Senate that would give more money for border security, a guest worker program and a shot at citizenship for illegal immigrants.

CASEY: ... From 1999 to 2003, the number of employers who were notified that they would be fined for hiring illegal immigrant went from 417 in 1999 to 3 in 2004. In 1999, there were 2,849 work site arrests. By 2004, that number dropped to only 159.

Associated Press

AP: Please explain whether you support a bill recently passed in the Senate that would give more money for border security, a guest worker program and a shot at citizenship for illegal immigrants.

CASEY: ... From 1999 to 2003, the number of employers who were notified that they would be fined for hiring illegal immigrant went from 417 in 1999 to 3 in 2004. In 1999, there were 2,849 work site arrests. By 2004, that number dropped to only 159.

I support a new direction. My preference was to address the problem in two steps: secure our borders and increase enforcement for employers who hire illegal immigrants first, before dealing with the problem of the illegal immigrants already here. The bipartisan immigration bill that passed the Senate recently, however, attempts to address a myriad of immigration problems in one bill. I have serious reservation about this "kitchen sink" approach, but doing nothing is a far worse option. The immigration bill does contain important reforms that I support - like increased security at our borders and increased enforcement - and I believe, while far from perfect, it will help address the problem…

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AP: What's the ideal solution for dealing with the estimated 11 million illegal immigrants in the United States?

CASEY: Ideally, we would have cracked down on employers who hire illegal immigrants and secured the borders ten years ago. ... We need to secure the border and make sure employers do not hire illegal immigrants. I support tough penalties for corporations that hire illegal immigrants. My opponent voted against tougher penalties for those corporations again this year.

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AP: Please explain whether you do or do not support building a fence along the U.S.-Mexico border.

CASEY: I support provisions passed by the Senate to strengthen border security by building fences at strategic points on the border, by increasing the number of border patrol agents, and implementing other measures to secure the borders...

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AP: Many employers hire illegal immigrants. What role do businesses have as part of the solution? What penalty should be there be - if any - for those who hire illegal immigrants? Should it be a felony to hire illegal immigrants?

CASEY: Enforcement is the key. The Bush administration's inaction on cracking down on employers that hire illegal immigrants contributed to this problem.

I supported a proposal passed by the Senate to double fines for employers that hire illegal immigrants, increase the number of inspectors from 200 to 10,000, and create an electronic verification system. Under this amendment, repeat offenders could face up to three years in prison…

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AP: How critical of an issue is illegal immigration in Pennsylvania? Do you think Pennsylvania is helped or hurt by illegal immigrants who come here to work?

CASEY: Studies have shown that lax action against businesses that cheat the system by hiring illegal workers contributes to depressing wages. ...

Associated Press

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Sen. Graham (R-S.C.) -- Border fence, IDs and Amnesty

Quotes - Tuesday, October 13, 2009

On illegal immigration — the root of many Greenville conservatives’ mistrust — Graham said he’s all for a border wall, as well as tamper-proof Social Security cards that will help the government crack down on employers who hire the immigrants.

He said he also wants to identify the 12 million illegal immigrants here now, make them pay taxes, learn English and hold a job, then send them home to the immigration line if they want to become citizens.

By Ben Szobody -- Greenville (S.C.) News

http://www.greenvilleonline.com/article/20091013/NEWS/910130317/1001/NEWS

Sen. LeMeiux (R-Fla.) - Secure the Borders

Quotes - Wednesday, September 9, 2009

LeMieux appears likely to steer clear of Martinez's controversial attempts to overhaul immigration law, which would include a path to citizenship for the undocumented. "We need to secure our borders," LeMieux said. "After we do that, we can figure what happens to people already here."

By William E. Gibson -- Sun (Ft. Lauderdale) Sentinel

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/florida/orl-lemieux-senate-090909,0,4035843.story

Sen. Bennet (D-Colo.) -- Favors Amnesty

Quotes - Sunday, April 26, 2009

Sen. Michael Bennet, potentially wading into a heated political debate a year before he runs for his first election, said Saturday he supports a path to citizenship for those in the country illegally.

Speaking at a news conference of four Colorado congressional Democrats touting efforts during Barack Obama's first 100 days in office and the new Congress, Bennet said a path to citizenship along with increased border enforcement should be part of comprehensive immigration reform.

'The current status quo is clearly unacceptable on so many levels,' Bennet said.

He said the path to citizenship should come with requirements, including completing education, learning English and holding a job….

…'Not withstanding all the demagoguery on the issue, this country needs to have comprehensive immigration reform,' Bennet said. 'The question is the timing, and that I can't answer today.' …

By P. Solomon Banda -- The Associated Press

http://www.gazette.com/articles/path_52456___article.html/bennet_supports.html

Sen. McCaskill (D-Mo.) -- Supports Dream

Quotes - Tuesday, April 7, 2009

…McCaskill, in turn, reaffirmed her longstanding argument that the best way to battle illegal immigration is to enforce stiff penalties on employers who knowingly hired illegals and, for example, "put 14 in a hotel room ...and pay them $200 in cash on Fridays" to work as roofing or lawn crews.

Such jobs are the real enticement for illegal immigrants and their disappearance is the best was to discourage it, the senator said.

However, McCaskill emphasized that she also had sympathy for some teenagers who had been brought to the United States as infants or toddlers by their illegal-immigrant parents. The teens (some who were unaware of their illegal status) now face deportation, because their status became known when they applied for college or the military.

By Jo Mannies -- St. Louis Beacon

…McCaskill, in turn, reaffirmed her longstanding argument that the best way to battle illegal immigration is to enforce stiff penalties on employers who knowingly hired illegals and, for example, "put 14 in a hotel room ...and pay them $200 in cash on Fridays" to work as roofing or lawn crews.

Such jobs are the real enticement for illegal immigrants and their disappearance is the best was to discourage it, the senator said.

However, McCaskill emphasized that she also had sympathy for some teenagers who had been brought to the United States as infants or toddlers by their illegal-immigrant parents. The teens (some who were unaware of their illegal status) now face deportation, because their status became known when they applied for college or the military.

"We have a heart-breaking example of young woman in mid-Missouri. Who's valedictorian of her class,'' McCaskill said. "Huge community leader in her church. Now having trouble staying the country because her parents didn't follow the rules.'' …

…"The DREAM Act is hard,'' McCaskill said. But she then added, "I will probably vote for the DREAM act. I didn't vote for it last time."

The difference with the new version is that it's tightly tailored to address only a limited number cases of illegal-immigrant teens who have been longtime U.S. residents and could be productive adult citizens, McCaskill said…

By Jo Mannies -- St. Louis Beacon

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Sen. Kyl (R-Ariz.) -- Secure the Borders, Limit Chain Migration

Quotes - Saturday, December 20, 2008

Kyl isn't saying no to immigration reform out of hand, but he supports a position first articulated by McCain during the campaign: that Congress must convince the American people that the borders are secure before pursuing other reforms that critics view as benefiting illegal immigrants…

He also credited Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff and Kennedy for their willingness to make concessions, particularly on restricting family "chain migration," upon which Kyl says few other countries base their immigration systems. With chain migration, immigrants can facilitate visas for relatives.

Kennedy's conciliatory attitude prompted Kyl to make concessions, too. He agreed to a proposed pathway to citizenship for many who are now in the country illegally. Kyl prefers a system based on the U.S. marketplace's need for temporary workers and had opposed such a pathway in 2006.

By Dan Nowicki -- Arizona Republic

Kyl isn't saying no to immigration reform out of hand, but he supports a position first articulated by McCain during the campaign: that Congress must convince the American people that the borders are secure before pursuing other reforms that critics view as benefiting illegal immigrants…

He also credited Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff and Kennedy for their willingness to make concessions, particularly on restricting family "chain migration," upon which Kyl says few other countries base their immigration systems. With chain migration, immigrants can facilitate visas for relatives.

Kennedy's conciliatory attitude prompted Kyl to make concessions, too. He agreed to a proposed pathway to citizenship for many who are now in the country illegally. Kyl prefers a system based on the U.S. marketplace's need for temporary workers and had opposed such a pathway in 2006.

"I doubt that the public thinks we're there yet, and I'm not sure that the same basic trade-offs will be agreed to again," Kyl said. "I don't know whether the Obama administration would be willing to consider the same changes, but they were critical to my support for the ultimate bill. And if they alter the agreement significantly, and I suspect they will do so, then the equation for trade-offs becomes totally different."

By Dan Nowicki -- Arizona Republic

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Sen. Wicker (R-Miss.) -- Increase Border Control, Expand E-Verify

Quotes - Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Wicker said he has supported legislation to increase military presence on the country's border with Mexico and a more stringent employment verification system.

"We need to make sure the E-Verify system is as accurate and instantaneous as it can be," he said. "I know there are people who think it's inaccurate, (but) it seemed to be a system on the right track to me."

In a wide-ranging interview, Wicker said he disagrees that babies born in the United States to parents who are in the country illegally should automatically become American citizens.

"I personally don't think that, and that alone, should confer citizenship on someone," Wicker said. "It would take a statute to be passed to say that interpretation of the 14th Amendment is incorrect. I would vote for such a statute to say something more has to take place than for the child to be physically born of illegal immigrant parents for that child to be a citizen."…

By Terry L. Jones -- Hattiesburg American

http://www.hattiesburgamerican.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080827/NEWS01/808270381

Rep. Menendez (D-N.J.) -- Stop the Raids

Quotes - Friday, June 13, 2008

'I told Myers and Chertoff about the problems, and they said they have everything (under control), that everything was OK,' Menendez said. 'They're obviously in total denial.' …

'We have the equivalent of a shoot-first-and-ask-questions-later policy,' he said. 'That can't possibly be the law.'

By Elizabeth Llorente -- The Herald News (Passaic County, NJ)

http://www.northjersey.com/news/nationalpolitics/19880064.html

Sen. Chambliss (R-Ga.) -- Increase Border Control

Quotes - Thursday, March 13, 2008

“Taking immediate action towards securing our borders and stopping illegal immigration is the best way to restore credibility with the American people,” said Chambliss. “We said last year that we are going to keep pounding this issue and this amendment will set aside room in the budget to fully fund existing border security and immigration enforcement programs. It is an opportunity for the Senate to show we are prepared to move forward and do what is necessary to follow through on our promise of securing our borders first.”

The Weekly

http://www.theweekly.com/news/2008/March/13/Immigration_Enforcement.html

Sen. Isakson (R-Ga.) -- Increased Border Control

Quotes - Thursday, March 13, 2008

“There’s no greater domestic issue in this country than the problems on our southern border with Mexico, and it is time that Congress makes a commitment to make border security a reality,” Isakson said. “The Senate’s passage of this critical amendment is a step in the right direction. Border security must be a priority in the Congressional budget. America is too important, and this issue is too critical to the American people.”

The Weekly

http://www.theweekly.com/news/2008/March/13/Immigration_Enforcement.html

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