State of Michigan Archives: on Immigration


Gary Peters: DACA has provided relief to thousands of young people

Q: Opinion on DACA?

Gary Peters: "The DACA program has helped provide relief to thousands of hardworking young people." Opposed redirecting funds from already allocated programs to pay for a border wall. Cites difficulties farmers face in getting work visas for seasonal workers.

John James: "We're putting DREAMers in a terrible position," but has not expressed support for DACA. "There are some areas where a wall or fence may be the best solution, but I would leave that to Homeland Security."

Source: CampusElect on 2020 Michigan Senate race Oct 10, 2020

Bill Schuette: Joined 2016 lawsuit to block DACA expansion

Q: Support DREAM Act (DACA) recipients who arrived illegally as children, to achieve legal status under certain conditions?

Bill Schuette (R): Declined to comment during campaign, but joined 2016 lawsuit to block DACA expansion.

Gretchen Whitmer (D): Yes. Supports clean DREAM Act that protects Dreamers from deportation & offers a path to citizenship.

Source: 2018 CampusElect.org Issue Guide on Michigan Governor race Oct 9, 2018

Gretchen Whitmer: Protect DREAMers from deportation; offer path to citizenship

Q: Support DREAM Act (DACA) recipients who arrived illegally as children, to achieve legal status under certain conditions?

Bill Schuette (R): Declined to comment during campaign, but joined 2016 lawsuit to block DACA expansion.

Gretchen Whitmer (D): Yes. Supports clean DREAM Act that protects Dreamers from deportation & offers a path to citizenship.

Source: 2018 CampusElect.org Issue Guide on Michigan Governor race Oct 9, 2018

John James: We must end illegal immigration & secure the border

Q: Immigration: Support DACA, letting "Dreamers" who arrived illegally as children, then grew up in the US, achieve legal status if meet certain conditions?

John James (R): No public statement found. But opposes path to citizenship for America's 11 million illegal immigrants. "We must end illegal immigration" & secure the border.

Debbie Stabenow (D): Yes. Voted for original 2007 DACA bill that failed to pass. Has supported more money for border funding, mixed votes on path to citizenship.

Source: 2018 CampusElect.org Issue Guide on Michigan Senate race Oct 9, 2018

John James: Proponent of Kate's Law; defund sanctuary cities

I understand how to secure a border because I've done it before. Sovereign nations must have secure borders and entry points. I support Kate's Law and I will support defunding 'sanctuary cities,' or as I call them, 'outlaw cities'. [OnTheIssues note: Kate's Law requires that deported aliens who subsequently attempt to cross the border into the US are subject to fines and imprisonment].
Source: 2018 Michigan Senate campaign website JohnJamesForSenate.com Mar 2, 2018

John James: No nonsense view of illegal immigration--has to stop now

We are a nation of immigrants but we are also a nation of laws. We welcome legal immigrants, but illegal immigration is a direct affront to our laws and to those who abide by them. We must end illegal immigration.
Source: 2018 Michigan Senate campaign website JohnJamesForSenate.com Mar 2, 2018

Abdul El-Sayed: Support pathway to citizenship

As the son of Egyptian immigrants, I understand the value of our immigrant communities across Michigan and the United States. In Michigan, immigrants drive our agricultural output and offer crucial healthcare services across the state. As governor, I will support our immigrant communities and fight for a pathway to citizenship. It's time for Michigan to be a leader and consider what it can do to be a 'Sanctuary State'.
Source: 2018 Michigan Gubernatorial website AbdulForMichigan.com Nov 1, 2017

Bob Young: Penalize the insanity of sanctuary cities

Q: What's your immigration policy?

A: I think a nation has the absolute right to know who's in the country and whether their lawfully or not. That's just a given. I don't really understand a contrary view that the nation does not have the right to enforce its integrity by identifying excluding if they choose, people that come into the country.

Q: What's your opinion on sanctuary cities?

A: There's a bill in the house now to penalize cities in Michigan who take that position and I think that's the absolute right response to that insanity.

A: What about a pathway to citizenship?

Q: My view is that any solution now to immigration must exclude the possibility of rewarding those who came into the country illegally with a pathway to citizenship. Whatever we do with that population we cannot by virtue of violating our laws allow them to become citizens.

Source: Michigan's Big Show on 2018 Michigan Senate race Jul 19, 2017

Bob Young: We have the right to kick out people we don't want here

Q: What's your opinion on immigration?

A: We have the right to know who's in our country, I mean I can't even understand the contrary argument. We have a right to know who's in our country, we have a right to kick people out that we don't want here. I absolutely agree with the president that we have to have a sane border policy.

Source: Mike Hewitt Show WKBZ-AM on 2018 Michigan Senate race Jul 19, 2017

Marcia Squier: Support pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens

Q: Do you support or oppose the statement, "Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens"?

A: Support

Source: OnTheIssues interview on 2018 Michigan Senate race Jul 19, 2017

Abdul El-Sayed: Biracial families like mine inspire more diverse government

Michigan gubernatorial candidate and University of Michigan alum Abdul El-Sayed discussed his candidacy and platform to more than 150 students and community members at the Ford School of Public Policy.

As the son of Egyptian immigrants, El-Sayed recognized the unlikeliness of his candidacy. However, he stressed that his background of coming from a biracial family reflects the goals he has for Michigan to become more inclusive. "This is the American family I grew up in," El-Sayed said. "We didn't always agree. The one thing we could agree upon was our future, that we could believe in this society regardless of background."

Opposite to what some have said about his campaign, El-Sayed said his background and religious differences won't hinder him, but will hopefully inspire a more diverse government. "If you're not going to vote for me because I'm Muslim, you weren't going to vote for me anyway," he said.

Source: MI Daily Staff on 2018 Michigan Gubernatorial race Mar 13, 2017

Abdul El-Sayed: People who look like me are not sitting on the sidelines

El-Sayed told the crowd that some people think they can make the country great again by telling people who "look like me" that they don't belong here and they should sit on the sidelines. "We are not sitting on the sidelines," he said. "We must act. We cannot wait until our children are poisoned or their schools are shut down."

His supporters say his family reflects the diversity of the state. His parents are immigrants who left Egypt in pursuit of greater opportunity in America and other family members are farmers, teachers, and small-business owners who have lived in Gratiot County for generations.

Last month, Trump ordered a controversial ban on travel for immigrants from seven predominantly Muslim countries wracked by terrorism including Iran, Iraq and Syria.

Source: The Detroit News on 2018 Michigan Gubernatorial race Feb 25, 2017

Bill Schuette: It isn't a ban on Muslims; Trump puts security first

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette tweeted on Monday evening his support of President Donald˙Trump's recent executive order barring immigrants˙from seven˙countries. In a series of three˙tweets, Schuette said that he believes in an immigration policy that "discriminates against no one," that˙Trump's order is˙"not a ban on Muslims, and he is placing the security of Americans first."
Source: Detroit Free Press on 2018 Michigan gubernatorial race Jan 31, 2017

Jack Bergman: Immigration is a privilege, not a right

I believe our nation's immigration policies should put the interests of our citizens and working families first. While we can continue to be generous, immigration is a privilege, not a right, and we should never allow it for people who intend to do us harm, or who violate our immigration laws and 'cut in line' to come here. Therefore, I am opposed to any form of amnesty for those who came here illegally.

The American people deserve to have secure national borders, and communities that are safe from foreign criminals and terrorists. While walls and fences can serve as deterrents at the border, to truly stop illegal immigration--including the estimated 40-50 percent of all illegals that simply overstay their visas--we must make the federal online E-Verify program that verifies a new employee's legal status before they are hired, mandatory for use by all employers.

Source: 2016 Michigan House campaign website BergmanForCongress.com Nov 8, 2016

Brenda Lawrence: Refugees aren't terrorist; that's just more fear tactics

Q: The U.S., and Michigan specifically, has long been a place of refuge for people displaced by wars and acts of terror. Should it remain so, especially with regard to refugees from Iraq, Syria and the Middle East?

Brenda Lawrence: Yes, Michigan is an ideal place for refugees to relocate. The 14th District in particular has very diverse and welcoming communities. The stringent process that refugees go through to obtain that special status is very thorough and takes years. Talking points of refugees being terrorist is just more fear tactics. Refugees have been successfully relocating to Michigan for years without any issues and are making contributions to our Michigan economy.

Marcia Squier (Green Party): Throughout history, our great nation has been a place of refuge for people displaced by war and acts of terror. There is a stark contrast this time, however. We are the ones supplying the Middle East with weapons. We are exacerbating their reason for seeking refugee status in the first place.

Source: VotersGuide on 2016 Michigan House race Nov 1, 2016

Marcia Squier: Moratorium on deportation of undocumented immigrants

Q: Do you support a moratorium on the deportation of undocumented immigrants whose children were born in the United States?

Marcia Squier: I do support a moratorium on the deportation of undocumented immigrants whose children were born in the United States. We should also give all such parents the opportunity to become legally recognized.

Rep. Brenda Lawrence (Dem.): Yes.

Q: Do you favor the deportation of all undocumented immigrants?

Marcia Squier: I do not support the deportation of all undocumented immigrants. I support giving them the opportunity to become legally recognized.

Brenda Lawrence: No.

Source: VotersGuide on 2016 Michigan House race Nov 1, 2016

Dave Trott: Secure our nation's borders before discussing reform

Dave believes that securing our nation's borders is of the utmost importance to our national and economic security and must be the first step taken when discussing any immigration reform. Immigration has helped to make our nation the strongest in the world and should continue to be allowed for those that follow the legal process. We are nation of immigrants, but we are also a nation of laws. Dave will not support amnesty and will not allow illegal immigrants to have legal status.
Source: 2014 Michigan House campaign website, TrottForCongress.com Nov 4, 2014

Mike Bishop: Opposed to any amnesty

Mike Bishop knows that we must secure our borders. Mike is opposed to any amnesty and believes that those wishing to enter this nation as citizens must follow our laws. We are a nation of immigrants, but we are also a nation of laws.
Source: 2014 Michigan House campaign website, ElectMikeBishop.com Nov 4, 2014

Mike Bishop: Protect the border and prevent illegal entry

Q: Government should enforce laws designed to protect the border and to prevent illegal entry of persons into the country?

Bishop: Strongly Agree

Source: Faith2Action iVoterGuide on 2014 Michigan Senate race Sep 30, 2014

Terri Lynn Land: No amnesty; seal the border; more H-1B visas

Source: 2014 Michigan Senate campaign website, TerriLynnLand.com Aug 29, 2014

Rick Snyder: 50,000 skilled worker visas to repopulate Detroit

Snyder unveiled a proposal that calls for the US government to allocate 50,000 special visas over the next five years to lure highly skilled immigrants to live and work in the bankrupt city of Detroit. Snyder's plan, which would need to be implemented by the US government, is aimed at bringing jobs to the city while stemming an exodus of residents. Detroit's population has fallen to about 700,000 from a peak of 1.8 million in 1950.

The EB-2 visas would be aimed at individuals with advanced degrees and exceptional skills in fields like the auto industry and life sciences, Snyder said. EB-2 visas allow individuals with special talents to enter the country without a job offer. There is no precedent for special visas to be issued for a specific geographic area, Snyder said. But he compared the program to a current one that grants visas to physicians who agree to work in under-served areas.

"Where else could you find a house for the prices you're going to find here? It's a good deal," Snyder said.

Source: Reuters on 2014 Michigan Governor's race Jan 23, 2014

Randy Hekman: Secure the borders but encourage legal immigration

Immigration and the right to vote were heavily discussed as well, including states requiring photo identification to vote. Hekman said immigration is important to the U.S. and legal immigration should be encouraged. "We love people, but we want people to come legally," he said. "We've got to make sure to secure the borders. We want to encourage legal immigration. Those who have the guts to come to this country are the ones who generate jobs."
Source: CMU Central Michigan Life on 2012 Michigan Senate debate Jan 14, 2012

Rick Snyder: Openly encourages innovators and entrepreneurs to immigrate

We will encourage immigrants with advanced college degrees to come to Michigan to live and work. We need to be a place that openly encourages innovators and entrepreneurs to come to our state. The evidence is clear that advance college degree immigrants make a tremendous difference in creating a positive economic activity environment that benefits us all. Half of the startups in Silicon Valley have a foreign national as a founder. It is time we embrace this concept as a way to speed our reinvention.
Source: 2011 Michigan State of the State Address Jan 19, 2011

Debbie Stabenow: Opposed immigration bill because it cost us jobs

Q: Do you support path to citizenship for illegal immigrants?

STABENOW: I voted no, because it went too far and cost us jobs. I do think it’s important to have border security and legal system that is fair and effective. My focus is on our jobs that we’re losing because of failed policies.

BOUCHARD: Border security is big issue for me. I’m against illegal immigration. 52% of illegal immigrants caught had criminal backgrounds. She voted for and then against border fence.

Source: 2006 Michigan Senate Debate in Grand Rapids Oct 15, 2006

Mike Bouchard: 52% of illegal immigrants have criminal backgrounds

Q: Do you support path to citizenship for illegal immigrants?

STABENOW: I voted no, because it went too far and cost us jobs. I do think it’s important to have border security and legal system that is fair and effective. My focus is on our jobs that we’re losing because of failed policies.

BOUCHARD: Border security is big issue for me. I’m against illegal immigration. 52% of illegal immigrants caught had criminal backgrounds. She voted for and then against border fence.

Source: 2006 Michigan Senate Debate in Grand Rapids, x-ref Stabenow Oct 15, 2006

Bret McAtee: We need a sane immigration policy

Elected officials’ drunkenness with power has made them unwatchful and irresponsible as seen in their refusal to craft a sane immigration policy and their unwillingness to be honest with us regarding the soundness of our fiscal house.
Source: Declaration of Candidacy For Michigan US Senate Jan 1, 2006

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2020 Presidential contenders on Immigration:
  Democrats running for President:
Sen.Michael Bennet (D-CO)
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)
Rep.Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI)
Sen.Amy Klobuchar (D-MN)
Gov.Deval Patrick (D-MA)
Sen.Bernie Sanders (I-VT)
CEO Tom Steyer (D-CA)
Sen.Elizabeth Warren (D-MA)
Marianne Williamson (D-CA)
CEO Andrew Yang (D-NY)

2020 Third Party Candidates:
Rep.Justin Amash (L-MI)
CEO Don Blankenship (C-WV)
Gov.Lincoln Chafee (L-RI)
Howie Hawkins (G-NY)
Gov.Gary Johnson(L-NM)
Howard Schultz(I-WA)
Gov.Jesse Ventura (I-MN)
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Sen.Ted Cruz(R-TX)
Gov.Larry Hogan (R-MD)
Gov.John Kasich(R-OH)
V.P.Mike Pence(R-IN)
Gov.Mark Sanford (R-SC)
Pres.Donald Trump(R-NY)
Rep.Joe Walsh (R-IL)
Gov.Bill Weld(R-MA & L-NY)

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Sen.Stacey Abrams (D-GA)
Mayor Bill de Blasio (D-NYC)
Sen.Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY)
Sen.Mike Gravel (D-AK)
Sen.Kamala Harris (D-CA)
Gov.John Hickenlooper (D-CO)
Gov.Jay Inslee (D-WA)
Mayor Wayne Messam (D-FL)
Rep.Seth Moulton (D-MA)
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