Comment: Perry, Chafee, Lessig
The Presidential election gets underway in earnest as of Monday, February 1. Immigration Daily will cover all the major candidates for the two major parties from the immigration point of view. In large part, each candidate's words will speak for themselves. However, Immigration Daily reserves the right to opine and endorse, but we will clearly demarcate our opinion from presentation of the facts of the candidates' positions. We present today the immigration positions of 3 candidates who have suspended their campaigns. Should folks in Iowa and New Hampshire (where legally permissible) intend to write candidates' names in, we believe it is still useful to present these positions (in addition to preserving the historical record for 2016). The bullet points summarize immigration positions of these Presidential candidates from their websites in their own words, edited only for conciseness and uniformity of the bullet point format. In these bullet points, we let the candidates speak for themselves highlighting whatever aspects of immigration they regard as appropriate to focus on.

Rick Perry

  • No governor in the country has more first-hand experience with the federal government's long-time failure to secure the border than Gov. Perry. Whether it's drug, human and weapons trafficking or an influx of unaccompanied minors, the challenges associated with securing the border are complex, and addressing them requires a multifaceted approach. When Washington failed to act, Gov. Perry stepped in, surging state law enforcement and deploying the TX National Guard to the region, which led to a 74% reduction in apprehensions in the area of operations.
  • In the last five years of his tenure alone, Texas appropriated nearly $800 million for border security operations to fill in the gaps left by the federal government.
  • In addition to last year's surge operation, Gov. Perry has overseen multiple law enforcement surge operations going back to 2005, as well as the creation of Texas Ranger Reconnaissance Teams.
  • Gov. Perry spearheaded measures to address some of the consequences of an unsecured border, including requiring state agencies and contractors to use e-Verify, strengthening anti-gang initiatives in the border region, and increasing penalties for human traffickers.

Lincoln Chafee

  • Chafee was one of only 9 original co-sponsers of the bi-partisan McCain-Kennedy bill (S.1033-Secure America and Orderly Immigration Act), the most viable, comprehensive Immigration Reform act to be considered by Congress in recent years.
  • Senator Chafee posts the highlights of the McCain-Kennedy bill as his position on immigration reform. Read his summary of the bill here

Lawrence Lessig

  • America's tradition is to welcome immigrants to this country. Almost all of us have ancestors who came here, and very few with a visa issued in advance. We need to recognize that among us Americans, there are millions of Americans who are not yet citizens, but should be. I would support the most inclusive and speedy path to citizenship for all but those proven to have engaged in serious crime.
  • As President, I would push to pass the DREAM Act. I would also work with Congress to pass a comprehensive immigration reform that would give all deserving Americans not yet citizens a speedy path to citizenship. I would end the inhumanity of detention centers that deny the most basic dignity to those they hold.
  • The forces that have blocked immigration reform in America are not directly tied to money in politics. But they are linked to the dysfunction produced by a politically gerrymandered House of Representatives. The Citizen Equality Act would change the polarized nature of Congress. It would stop the ability of a tiny fraction of America to hold our Congress, and hence our nation, hostage.

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February 3, 2016, 10am (Eastern), Washington, DC. The House Committee on Homeland Security (Full Committee Border and Maritime Security Counterterrorism) will hold a hearing on "Crisis of Confidence: Preventing Terrorist Infiltration through U.S. Refugee and Visa Programs." Terrorists have continually exploited weaknesses in our nation's visa and refugee process as a means to gain access to the country. From 9/11 to San Bernardino and the recent case of Iraqi refugees in Houston and California, it is clear that government officials must do more to prevent terrorists from exploiting American hospitality. This hearing will explore ways to further strengthen visa and refugee security. Location" 311 Cannon House Office Building. For more information see here.

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