State of New Hampshire secondary Archives: on Immigration


Steve Marchand: Aggressively pursue pro-immigration policies

Q: How do you encourage young people to stay in N.H.?

Marchand: We have to be the most inclusive state that we can be as it relates to immigration. The states that are getting the youngest are seeing the largest influx of immigrants. Some of the rhetoric that has come from Republicans makes it more difficult for immigrants to see N.H. as a great place to come. That's a shame. If we're going to get younger and more entrepreneurial, [we should be] aggressively pursuing pro-immigration policies.

Source: N.H. Journal on 2018 New Hampshire gubernatorial race Apr 24, 2017

Chris Sununu: Don't block all immigration; do block 10,000 Syrian refugees

Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas criticized Sununu, saying his rhetoric on immigration and other issues doesn't match his actions. Asked whether immigration is vital to the state's economy and workforce, Sununu said electing a governor who understands business is more important and touted his opposition to President Barack Obama's plan to bring 10,000 Syrian refugees to the United States. Gatsas then criticized Sununu for also voting against a plan to temporarily halt immigration to Manchester several years ago, but Sununu said that vote had nothing to do with Obama's plan.
Source: The Herald on 2016 New Hampshire Gubernatorial debate Sep 6, 2016

Colin Van Ostern: Make sure new immigrants learn English & civics

The Democratic [debate] featured Executive Councilor Colin Van Ostern and Mark Connolly, former director of the state bureau of securities regulation.

Both said they disagreed with Hassan's call to freeze immigration of Syrian refugees to the state. And in contrast to the Republican debate, both called immigration key to the state's economic growth. Asked whether the state should prevent so-called sanctuary cities, Van Ostern said the state should focus on making sure new immigrants can learn English, take civics classes and gain job skills. "We should focus on what we can actually do right here in New Hampshire."

Source: The Herald on 2016 New Hampshire Gubernatorial debate Sep 6, 2016

Mark Connolly: Immigration is key to the state's economic growth

The Democratic [debate] featured Executive Councilor Colin Van Ostern and Mark Connolly, former director of the state bureau of securities regulation.

Both said they disagreed with Hassan's call to freeze immigration of Syrian refugees to the state. And in contrast to the Republican debate, both called immigration key to the state's economic growth.

Source: The Herald on 2016 New Hampshire Gubernatorial debate Sep 6, 2016

Jim Rubens: No amnesty; no birthright citizenship; no sanctuary cities

Source: 2016 New Hampshire Senate campaign website JimRubens.com Apr 1, 2016

Bernie Sanders: Supports path to citizenship for illegals

I am supportive of comprehensive immigration reform and a path towards citizenship for 11 million people today who are living in the shadows.
Source: MSNBC Democratic primary debate in New Hampshire Feb 4, 2016

Chris Sununu: The US should halt admitting Syrian refugees

Chris Sununu, a Republican gubernatorial hopeful, said the US should halt admitting Syrian refugees at this time. "A governor has no greater priority than the safety and security of their state's citizens, and New Hampshire must not accept any Syrian refugees unless the US government can 100 percent guarantee they are not ISIS members or supporters," Sununu said.
Source: Manchester Union Leader on 2016 New Hampshire governor race Nov 17, 2015

Scott Brown: The border is secure when people don't come across it

Sparks flew [at the Senate debate] on the topic of immigration and border security. "The border is secure when people don't come across it," Brown said to the applause of supporters after Todd asked him to define a secure border.

Shaheen attacked Brown's record on abortion rights; Brown, while senator for Massachusetts, supported the Blunt Amendment, which would have allowed any employer with moral objections to opt out of requiring to cover birth control in 2012.

Source: NECN-sponsored 2014 New Hampshire Senate debate Oct 21, 2014

Jeanne Shaheen: We need to fix our broken immigration system

Brown said Shaheen missed a chance to strip US citizenship from homegrown terrorists who have gone to fight overseas. "She says now that she wants to take away their passports, but she's had many opportunities. A bill that Sen. Lieberman and I filed almost three years ago, another bill that was filed recently," Brown said.

Shaheen pointed out hearings Brown missed on the same issue while he was a senator from Massachusetts. "We need to fix our broken immigration system, and the way to do it is not to refuse to go to a hearing on border security," Shaheen said. With the rise of ISIS in the Middle East, foreign affairs have become a central issue in the race.

Source: WMUR ABC-9 Manchester on 2014 New Hampshire Senate debate Oct 7, 2014

Scott Brown: It's wrong that illegals can just walk across the border

Scott Brown knocks Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D) for supporting "pro-amnesty policies" in his newest ad. In it, Brown speaks direct-to-camera about the fact that, while most Americans go through security for various activities, "folks who come here illegally, they just walk across the border. That's wrong."

He goes on to say that the "pro-amnesty policies of President Obama and Sen. Shaheen" have caused the crisis at the border: "We respond with compassion, but it is time for us to secure the border once and for all, and tell people who try to come here illegally that we intend to enforce the law," Brown concludes.

It's Brown's most policy-focused ad yet--most of his previous ads have focused on an element of his personal narrative as well, as he works to introduce himself to N.H. voters. And it touches on an issue that looks to be a winner for him both in the primary and the general election campaign: immigration reform and the ongoing crisis at the border.

Source: The Hill AdWatch on 2014 New Hampshire Senate race Jul 28, 2014

Bob Smith: Securing our borders is matter of economic stability

Question topic: Government should enforce laws designed to protect the border and to prevent illegal entry of persons into the country.

Smith: Strongly Agree.

Question topic: Briefly list political or legislative issues of most concern to you.

Smith: End Illegal Immigration and amnesty. Securing our borders. Is a matter of economic stability, national security and respect for rule of law.

Source: Faith2Action iVoterGuide on 2014 New Hampshire Senate race Jul 2, 2014

Karen Testerman: Illegal immigrants are stealing from our country

My family immigrated to this country in the early 1900's. The process for them to become legal citizens took over fifty years due to two world wars and cultural animosity--but they taught their children to love, honor and respect America. Despite the internment camps, my father and my uncle proudly went to combat to preserve our freedoms in WWII.

When you steal something, you show you have no respect for the owner. That is what illegal immigrants are doing today, stealing from our country.

Current immigration laws may be flawed, but at a bare minimum we must enforce these laws to understand where corrections should be made. That doesn't necessarily mean we spend our money to deport 10-20 million illegals. It is far easier to "encourage" the departure of those who are here illegally with prosecution and jail time for employers who hire them. Thus, slowing the flow inbound and hastening the flow outbound.

Stop the stealing. Recognize it for what it is and enforce the laws.

Source: 2014 New Hampshire Senate website, KarenTesterman.net Dec 1, 2013

Karen Testerman: Illegal immigrants over burden our public schools

Testerman spoke to the need to "secure our borders" and curb "illegal immigration. "Our schools are overburdened with illegal immigrants, at least in California, where you can't even ask if students are legal or not," Testerman said. "You just have to provide them with education."
Source: Valley News on 2014 New Hampshire Senate debate Nov 23, 2013

Carol Shea-Porter: Allow administrative amnesty to some illegal aliens

Ballotpedia.org analysis of Congressional voting record on immigration issues: Shea-Porter voted NAY on Morton Memos Prohibition:

Shea-Porter voted against House Amendment 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order. The amendment was adopted by the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 224 - 201. The purpose of the amendment as stated on the official text is to "prohibit the use of funds to finalize, implement, administer, or enforce the Morton Memos." These memos would have granted administrative amnesty to certain illegal aliens residing in the United States. The vote largely followed party lines.

Source: Ballotpedia.org coverage of 2016 New Hampshire Governor race Jun 6, 2013

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2016 Presidential contenders on Immigration:
  Republicans:
Gov.Jeb Bush(FL)
Dr.Ben Carson(MD)
Gov.Chris Christie(NJ)
Sen.Ted Cruz(TX)
Carly Fiorina(CA)
Gov.Jim Gilmore(VA)
Sen.Lindsey Graham(SC)
Gov.Mike Huckabee(AR)
Gov.Bobby Jindal(LA)
Gov.John Kasich(OH)
Gov.Sarah Palin(AK)
Gov.George Pataki(NY)
Sen.Rand Paul(KY)
Gov.Rick Perry(TX)
Sen.Rob Portman(OH)
Sen.Marco Rubio(FL)
Sen.Rick Santorum(PA)
Donald Trump(NY)
Gov.Scott Walker(WI)
Democrats:
Gov.Lincoln Chafee(RI)
Secy.Hillary Clinton(NY)
V.P.Joe Biden(DE)
Gov.Martin O`Malley(MD)
Sen.Bernie Sanders(VT)
Sen.Elizabeth Warren(MA)
Sen.Jim Webb(VA)

2016 Third Party Candidates:
Gov.Gary Johnson(L-NM)
Roseanne Barr(PF-HI)
Robert Steele(L-NY)
Dr.Jill Stein(G,MA)
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