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Mike Bouchard on Immigration

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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

Border security before considering legalization

The US Senate squandered an opportunity to make our country safer by failing to pass meaningful reform to secure our nation�s borders. The security of our borders is a critical issue. One [blocked] amendment would require certification that the border was secure before creating a guest worker program or granting legal status to illegal immigrants. Another would have the legalization program bar illegal immigrants who had deportation orders or had been convicted of a felony or three misdemeanors.
Source: Press Release, �Failing to Secure Borders� , Apr 7, 2006

Prevent convicted felons from obtaining citizenship

A House amendment that would have prevented illegal immigrants convicted of a felony from obtaining US citizenship [was rejected]. The amendment would add burglary, assault and battery, and kidnapping to the list of crimes that would prevent an illegal from obtaining citizenship. �This is exactly what we are talking about when we say homeland security is border security,� said Bouchard. �This amendment would prevent people who are in our country illegally and then break our laws from becoming citizens.
Source: Press Release, �Immigrants With Felony Convictions� , Apr 7, 2006

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