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  • January 26 - Santorum, Paul, Christie, Gilmore, Fiorina, Huckabee

    Comment: Santorum, Paul, Christie, Gilmore, Fiorina, Huckabee
    We continue our series on immigration views of Presidential candidates in this issue of Immigration Daily. The views are in the words of the candidates themselves from their own websites edited only for length.

    Rick Santorum

    • Over the past twenty years, nearly 35 million legal and illegal immigrants have come to our shores. This is the largest mass immigration America has seen in our history - even surpassing the Great Wave from the turn of the 20th Century. These immigrants are largely unskilled and low-skilled labor and they are competing for the same jobs as the 74% of Americans who do not have a college degree.
    • The American family is the first economy. We must rebuild this first economy, and one step is to ensure we have a responsible immigration policy that puts the American worker and their families first. o We must reduce immigration levels to the United States in order to protect American workers from foreign labor that is taking jobs that Americans could otherwise hold.
    • Enforce the law by implementing a biometric tracking system for every immigrant who enters America so we can track who is here and who has overstayed their visa. Anyone apprehended who has overstayed their visa should be subject to fines and then subsequently removed.
    • End the practice of sanctuary cities by withholding federal funds from any city that refuses to cooperate with federal authorities.
    • Put an end to president Obama's unconstitutional executive amnesty which is largely responsible for the latest border surge.
    • Push for congressional action to require all businesses use e-verify for all employees to assure those who play by the rules are rewarded and employers who hire illegal immigrants are held accountable.
    • Join every other developed country in the world save one, and put an end to automatic citizenship for children born here to illegal immigrants.

    Rand Paul

    • I do not support amnesty, but rather I support a legal immigration process. I recognize that our country has been enriched by those who seek the American Dream and have a desire for a better life. However, millions of illegal immigrants are crossing our border without our knowledge, and this threatens our national security.
    • As President, I would secure our border immediately. Before issuing any visas or starting the legal immigration process, we must first ensure that our border is secure.
    • While serving in the Senate, I introduced legislation that would make immigration reform conditional on Congress voting on whether the border is secure, requiring completion of a border fence in five years and a protection against the federal government establishing a national identification card system for citizens.
    • My "Trust but Verify" amendment requires Congress to write and enforce a border security blueprint rather than relying on bureaucracies, such as the Department of Homeland Security, to come up with a plan. The amendment also would provide new national security safeguards to track the holders of student visas and those provided asylum and refugee status.
    • In order to protect our nation and reform the immigration process, we must know who is and is not entering our country by first securing our border.
    • As President, I would implement my "Trust but Verify" plan and put pressure on the Department of Homeland Security to finally follow through on the broken promise of a secure border and an effective visa tracking system.

    Chris Christie

    • Governor Christie supports securing the border and common-sense fixes to America's immigration system.
    • Securing the border: Governor Christie has called for securing the border with Mexico through: A border wall where appropriate, specifically in urbanized areas, An increase in manpower, specifically embedding FBI, DEA and ATF agents with our border patrol to interdict guns and drugs being smuggled into the country, Advanced technology such as the use of drones and electronic surveillance to increase efficiency
    • Universal workforce enforcement: Most who enter the country illegally come here to work. Employers should not be exploiting cheap illegal labor and should be held accountable when they do. Every employer in the country should be using e-verify to check the work status of employees. Fines for hiring illegal workers should be double the profit a business has made from that worker. This will remove the incentive to hire illegal workers.
    • Keep track of those overstaying their visas: Around 40% of the illegal immigrants currently in the U.S. came into the country legally and simply overstayed their visas. We should be utilizing existing biometric technology to keep track of those who enter the country on a visa, so that that they can be returned home once their visas are expired.
    • Eliminate funding for sanctuary cities: As president, Governor Christie will enforce all the laws as president, not just some. He will block federal funding for sanctuary cities who are choosing to ignore the law.
    • Block President Obama's illegal executive amnesty: Governor Christie joined the legal fight against President Obama's Executive Amnesty, signing onto an amicus brief that successfully urged the Appeals Court to uphold the injunction. Governor Christie condemned President Obama's Executive Actions and failure to secure border that have "allowed people to believe that they could come here under any circumstances not under the law and be able to stay here."

    Jim Gilmore

    • The first thing I am going to do is get every illegal immigrant who is a criminal off our streets. I will - quickly - secure our borders and end the ability of cities to declare themselves sanctuaries for illegal aliens.
    • I will insist that the only path to citizenship for illegals currently in our nation is a path back across the border. No one who comes to this country illegally should become a citizen. Those who come legally should be able to follow the path that has been taken by millions of other legal immigrants who have come to our country and become citizens.
    • A nation that doesn't enforce its own borders cannot claim to be a nation. America is a nation of laws but President Obama has refused to enforce our laws against illegal immigration. In disregard of the Constitution he has refused to enforce many laws and has declared revisions to our immigration laws without congressional legislation to accomplish those changes. He has thus created an anarchy of open borders.
    • We are a nation of immigrants and should always welcome those who come here legally, who intend to become Americans, to join our culture and to help serve and protect our constitutional system of government.
    • But Obama's open border policy has not only let too many illegal aliens into this nation, it has also refused to protect us against the violence that some bring with them.
    • Our immigration system is broken. We need to reform it. Reform doesn't mean deporting all of the many millions who are here illegally. And it doesn't mean that someone who came here illegally should ever be eligible for American citizenship. Reform also doesn't mean that anyone who can get here should be entitled to remain.
    • Reform means that those who legally immigrate regardless of their racial or ethnic identity or their national origin should be welcomed. They should benefit from a system that works faster and more effectively. Those who entered illegally years ago - those who pay their taxes, who work hard to assimilate into our culture, who obey our laws and system of government and learn to speak our language - should be given the ability to work legally.
    • None of this can be done unless and until we secure our borders. Once that is done and our system of securing the borders has been proven to work we can proceed with these other necessary reforms.

    Carly Fiorina

    • As President, the first thing I will do is secure the border. It will take money, manpower, and technology-but most of all it will take political will. As conservatives, we know what needs to get done. The Heritage Foundation has developed a plan that would support the National Guard and Coast Guard, invest in infrastructure and the right technology, and encourage federal-state-local cooperation. As President, I will ensure that we are doing all of those things.
    • Second, we need to fix our legal immigration system. I will reform our broken visa system. Nearly half of the people in this country illegally came here on legal visas and simply never left. We need to fix that. We need an employer verification system that works so that we can hold employers accountable.
    • Lastly, I will not support citizenship for those here illegally. Those who cut the line and broke our laws as their first act entering this country have foregone that opportunity.

    Mike Huckabee

    • America has an immigration crisis on its hands, and it's time for the federal government to do its job. Without a secure border, nothing matters.
    • We have drug cartels running reckless on our southern border, and the Washington establishment wants to reward illegal immigrants with amnesty and citizenship.
    • As President, I will Reject President Obama's unconstitutional executive orders.
    • As President, I will Oppose amnesty.
    • As President, I will Secure the border now.
    • If you reward people who play outside the rules and punish people who live within the rules, pretty soon nobody is going to play by the rules. We are a nation of immigrants, but we are also a nation of laws.

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    Focus: The I-140 / The Degree Equivalency 2015-2016 Edition
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    Chapter One: Editor's Introduction
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    Part II. I-140 by Herbert A. Weiss
    Chapter One: Basic Overview of the I-140 EBIV Process
    Chapter Two: The Scope of Agency Authority
    Chapter Three: The Job Offer Requirement
    Chapter Four: The Immigration Act of 1990
    Chapter Five: The EB-11 Extraordinary Ability
    Chapter Six: The EB-12 Outstanding Professor and Researcher
    Chapter Seven: The EB-13 Multinational Manager and Executive
    Chapter Eight: The EB-2 Advanced Degree Professional and Person of Exceptional Merit and Ability
    Chapter Nine: The EB-3 Professional, Skilled Worker, And Other Worker
    Chapter Ten: The I-140 Form
    Chapter Eleven: The Standard of Evidence
    Chapter Twelve: Priority Dates
    Chapter Thirteen: Filing Multiple Petitions
    Chapter Fourteen: Successors in Interest
    Chapter Fifteen: Ability of Prospective Employer to Pay Wage
    Chapter Sixteen: Portability
    Chapter Seventeen: Revocation, Invalidation and The Section 204(c) Bar
    Chapter Eighteen: Withdrawals and Appeals/Motions
    Chapter Nineteen: A Checklist For Putting Together I-140s (And Some Do's And Don'ts)

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    ComingsNGoings: Immigration Event
    January 27, 2016, 6 - 8pm (Central), Davenport, IA. the Bibles, Badges and Business for Immigration Reform (BBB) network and the Quad Cities New Ideas Forum will hold a panel of national and local Iowa faith, law enforcement, and business voices who will discuss the value that immigrants bring to their communities and the need for broad immigration reform. Location: Rogalski Center at St. Ambrose University, 518 W. Locust St. Davenport, IA. The event will be streamed live. For more information and registration see here.


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