State of New Hampshire Archives: on Immigration

Bill O`Brien: On immigration: I simply believe Illegal is Illegal

I support LEGAL immigration. My own son-in-law who I love dearly is a new citizen. But those who break the law to come here must leave. And those who want to come here illegally must be stopped. When it comes to illegal immigration, I simply believe Illegal is Illegal. I will oppose federal support for any city who seeks to help or shield others who have broken federal immigration law. I will support fixing our border including building a stronger, longer wall.
Source: 2020 N.H. Senate campaign website Dec 20, 2019

Steve Marchand: 1st-generation American; sees positive power of immigration

Steve's passion on everything from the positive power of immigration, to the importance of entrepreneurism, come from his upbringing.

You see, I know what economic anxiety feels like for many families today, because I grew up as a first-generation American on the West Side of Manchester in a working-class home. My parents were immigrants to this country and neither graduated high school. Their work ethic was unmatched. They started small businesses. And they played by the rules. There were times of deep economic anxiety along the way--and they never stopped working. They are America.

Through their hard work, I was able to be the first in my family to go to college. I've had good jobs in the public and private sectors. And I've had the honor of serving the City of Portsmouth as a councilor and mayor.

I've lived the American Dream here in New Hampshire, and it gives me the optimism and confidence that future working families can live it, too.

Source: 2018 N.H. gubernatorial campaign website May 2, 2017

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

Jim Rubens: Halt immigration of Syrian refugees; reduce all immigration

As Senator, I will advance immigration reform policies that maintain and defend our borders, keep Americans safe from crime and domestic terrorism, and improve economic prospects for American citizens and American workers. If voter outrage had not killed it in the House, Gang of 8 would have granted President Obama blanket authority to admit refugees, including Syrian refugees, without requiring any background checks.
Source: 2016 N.H. Senate website on Syrian Refugees Apr 1, 2016

Derek Dextraze: Come in the legal way

Q: Do you support or oppose the statement, "Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens?"

A: Oppose - Come in the legal way and I am fine with you being here.

Source: Email interview: 2016 N.H. gubernatorial race by OnTheIssues Mar 14, 2016

Martin O`Malley: Accept 65,000 Syrians now, and more later if needed

Q: Gov. Maggie Hassan [D-NH] says, "we should halt acceptance of Syrian refugees until U.S. authorities can assure the vetting process, halt Syrian refugees." Is she wrong?

O'MALLEY: No, what I would say is this is: I called for America to accept the 65,000 refugees we were asked to accept. And if this humanitarian crisis increases, we should accept more.

Q: So the idea of a halt or a pause?

O'MALLEY: There are wider vulnerabilities than when it comes to refugees. I met recently with some members of the and the wait times are a year, 18 months, 24 months. There is a pretty excruciating process that refugees go through. We need to invest more in terms of the other sort of visas and the other sort of waivers. The sort of genocide and brutality that victims like the Chaldean Christian communities are suffering, these are not the perpetrators. We need to be the nation whose enduring symbol is the Statue of Liberty, and we need to act like the great country we are, according to our values.

Source: 2015 ABC/WMUR Dem. debate in N.H. on Syrian Refugee crisis Dec 19, 2015

Jon Lavoie: Enforce the laws & send back those here illegally

Q: Do you support or oppose the statement, "Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens"?

A: There already is a legal way to become a citizen of the USA. Those that are here ILLEGALLY need to be sent back. These laws simply need to be enforced.

Source: Email interview for 2016 N.H. Governor race with OnTheIssues Oct 18, 2015

Kelly Ayotte: I support English as the language of our country

Q: What more should Federal Government be doing in the area of immigration?

A: The federal government is falling down in its fundamental duty, add that includes securing our borders. It's penny-wise and pound-foolish that we aren't doing it. When you think about the strain on our education system and our healthcare system, as a result of our failure to enforce our immigration laws, it's not only wrong for our safety, but it's wrong in terms of the strain on our system and wrong for the peopl who are here to play by the rules. We are all the sons and daughters of immigrants. But when our ancestors came here, they came here to play by our rules. Our ancestors came here and they learned English. I support English as the language of our country. For the people who are here illegally, I don't support amnesty; it's wrong to the people who are waiting in line. We need to stop that because I think that's where the Administration is heading next.

Source: Americans for Prosperity/Cornerstone 2010 N.H. Senate Debate Jun 5, 2010

Kelly Ayotte: Supports Arizona law against illegal immigration

Q: Do you support the actions taken by the State of Arizona by enacting their illegal immigration law?

A: Unlike our Attorney General and our Director of Homeland Security, I have read the AZ law. It's only about 10 pages, but it's a very important law. I absolutely support what Arizona has done here. Anyone who reads it would know it's a very fair law as well. We should absolutely be passing the same law here in N.H.

Source: Americans for Prosperity/Cornerstone 2010 N.H. Senate Debate Jun 5, 2010

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V.P.Joe Biden (D-DE)
Mayor Mike Bloomberg (I-NYC)
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Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D-IN)
Sen.Cory Booker (D-NJ)
Secy.Julian Castro (D-TX)
Gov.Lincoln Chafee (L-RI)
Rep.John Delaney (D-MD)
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Gov.Deval Patrick (D-MA)
Sen.Bernie Sanders (I-VT)
CEO Tom Steyer (D-CA)
Sen.Elizabeth Warren (D-MA)
Marianne Williamson (D-CA)
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Howard Schultz(I-WA)
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