George Pataki on Immigration

Republican NY Governor


Deport only criminal aliens; but end sanctuary cities

We all agree you have to secure the border. We have to make sure that people come to America legally. That has got to be step one.

Step two is, we have to stop releasing criminals into the communities. If you are charged with a crime as an illegal alien, you should either be in jail or be deported. You should not released, as the Obama administration has done. Of course, we should outlaw sanctuary cities and hold them responsible.

But we can't ignore 11 million people who are here. What are we going to do? We're not going to send them back, despite somebody saying we're going to drag kids out of classrooms and send them back.

What I would do is require those who want to have legal status, not citizenship, come forward, acknowledg

Source: 2015 Republican two-tiered primary undercard debate on CNN , Sep 16, 2015

Birthright citizenship is ok; don't deport those kids

Q: Republicans are debating birthright citizenship, the policy of granting citizenship to every baby born in this country, even if born to undocumented immigrants. Why you think we should preserve birthright?

PATAKI: I don't think we should tell children born in America that we're going to send them back. The way to avoid that is to have an intelligent immigration policy where we know who is coming here, why they are coming here, so we don't have this flood of people coming for the wrong reasons

Source: 2015 Republican two-tiered primary undercard debate on CNN , Sep 16, 2015

Practical policy: legal residency after 200 hours of service

Donald Trump released a statement restating the controversial comments he made almost three weeks ago when he announced he was running for president: "What can be simpler or more accurately stated? The Mexican Government is forcing their most unwanted people into the United States. They are, in many cases, criminals, drug dealers, rapists, etc.," Trump's statement said. Trump's comments have resulted in the termination of a number of his business relationships, but it wasn't until the past week that fellow Republican candidates began to forcefully condemn his comments.

George Pataki laid out what he calls are "practical" policy solutions for the issue of securing the southern U.S. border, as well as what to do with the millions of illegal immigrants already living in the country. Pataki's immigration proposals include allowing illegal immigrants to obtain the status of legal resident if they come forward publicly, have no criminal history, and commit to 200 hours of community service.

Source: CNN.com 2015 coverage of 2016 presidential hopefuls , Jul 6, 2015

Immigrants come to work, not for government handouts

Today, those in the other party, instead of offering ideas, seek to divide. When you have no solutions, instead you offer fear.

They say we are anti-immigrant! We the proud children, grandchildren, and descendants of immigrants know that immigration has and will continue to enhance the greatness of this country.

Let's send that party a clear message. Unlike them, we don't believe newcomers to this Country come so they can get a Government handout. We know they come to work, to strive, to build a better life for their families. And we welcome all who come here legally.

They say we are against the middle class. This too is nonsense. Everyone here understands it is the men and women who go to work, pay their bills, and follow the rules that are the backbone of this country. We are the party of the middle class. They are the party of the past. WE must be the party of the future! I KNOW that with the policies we believe in, we can change the world.

Source: 2016 presidential campaign website: Announcement speech , May 28, 2015

No executive orders on immigration

Pataki criticized a number of President Barack Obama's policies, including his recent executive order on immigration that offered protections against deportation to millions of immigrants living in the country illegally. Pataki said he supports the efforts of House Republicans to dismantle that action: "We've seen an explosion in government power from Washington and the government is far too big, far too powerful, far too expensive and far too intrusive, and the need to reform Washington dramatically and reduce its power and influence has never been greater," Pataki said.
Source: Associated Press, "Pataki says he's serious about 2016" , Jan 12, 2015

Share costs of legal immigration between states & federal.

Pataki adopted the National Governors Association policy:

Source: NGA policy HR-2: Immigration and Refugee Policy 01-NGA3 on Feb 15, 2001

Federal government should deal with criminal repatriation.

Pataki adopted the National Governors Association policy:

Finally, the Governors are concerned about the large number of deported felons that are returning to the United States. A significant number of the criminal alien felons housed in state prisons and local jails are previously convicted felons who reentered the United States after they were deported. The Governors urge the federal government to provide sufficient funds for proven positive identification systems, like the Automated Fingerprinting Identification System (AFIS), to allow for the expanded use of these systems in the rest of the nation.
Source: NGA policy HR-2: Immigration and Refugee Policy 01-NGA4 on Feb 15, 2001

English immersion over bilingual education.

Pataki adopted the Republican Main Street Partnership agenda item:

[The Republican Main Street Partnership supports giving priority to] examining new ways to increase the English fluency of limited English proficient students. Currently, priority is given to instruction programs that provide for bilingual education, which combines proficiency in the studentís native language with English instruction. Recently, however, education research has suggested that English immersion -- not bilingual instruction -- may be the most effective way to help students become proficient in English. Native language requirements in current law must change to reflect this reality and new instruction methods must be pursued with an eye toward regular evaluation and improved English language acquisition.

Source: 2001 GOP Main Street Partnership Action Agenda for Education 01-RMSP1 on Jul 2, 2001

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