State of North Dakota secondary Archives: on Immigration


Heidi Heitkamp: Path to citizenship for DREAMers, with conditions

Q: Support path to citizenship for "DACA" recipients or "Dreamers," who grew up in the US after being brought here as children?

Kevin Cramer (R): No. DACA was "unlawfully put together." Recipients must return to home country before applying for citizenship.

Heidi Heitkamp (D): Yes, with conditions. Voted for several bills coupling with border security increase, & in one case with restrictions on legal immigration.

Source: 2018 CampusElect.org Issue Guide on North Dakota Senate race Oct 9, 2018

Kevin Cramer: DACA was unlawfully put together; send DREAMers home

Q: Support path to citizenship for "DACA" recipients or "Dreamers," who grew up in the US after being brought here as children?

Kevin Cramer (R): No. DACA was "unlawfully put together." Recipients must return to home country before applying for citizenship.

Heidi Heitkamp (D): Yes, with conditions. Voted for several bills coupling with border security increase, & in one case with restrictions on legal immigration.

Source: 2018 CampusElect.org Issue Guide on North Dakota Senate race Oct 9, 2018

Kevin Cramer: Chain-link fences ok for holding kids of illegal immigrants

Rep. Kevin Cramer pushed back hard on the idea that keeping border-crossing children in chain-link cages was inhumane, defending the practice in two local radio shows.

Cramer called the facilities "humane" during an appearance on KTGO, a local radio station that broadcasts in the Bakken Oil Fields. "Chain link fences are around playgrounds all over America, all over North Dakota. And chain link fences allow line-of-sight visual connectivity with children and families," he said as he discussed reversing President Trump's policy to let families stay together at the border. "You know, there's nothing inhumane about a chain link fence. If it is, then every ballpark in America is inhumane."

Cramer then went on to say he supported changing the law to allow families to stay together when they enter the country illegally. The comments came before Trump announced he'd reverse his recently implemented strategy of separating children and parents at the border with an executive order.

Source: TalkingPointsMemo.com on 2018 North Dakota Senate race Jun 20, 2018

Kevin Cramer: Audio of immigrants' kids crying is "irrelevant hoopla"

[When asked about keeping border-crossing children in chain-link cages] on WDAY, Cramer called the focus on the cages "hoopla."

"I think chain-link fences is irrelevant to the crying of children," he said when asked about the comments and whether he'd heard the audio of children wailing after being separated from their parents. "There's all this hoopla, because I think that's a ruse by some on the left to try to create an image that's far worse in description than it is in reality," he said.

"The actual value of the chain-link fence is you could see through it, that's the value of the chain link. If they put up a sheet rock wall between the children and the workers, the people there to protect them, to me that would be far worse," Cramer said. "There's a broader conversation about the separation of families in general, but that happens throughout the country many times. The separation of children from their parents who do illegal things--it happens in every city of the country every day."

Source: TalkingPointsMemo.com on 2018 North Dakota Senate race Jun 20, 2018

Heidi Heitkamp: Extend DACA for 3 years; $7.6B for 3-year border security

U.S. Sens. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) and Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) today introduced bipartisan legislation that would extend Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program protections for three years and provide $7.6 billion to fully fund the first three years of the administration's border security proposal. With the program deadline fast approaching, this bill will provide a temporary solution for the thousands of DACA recipients facing potential deportation.

"To actually pass legislation that strengthens our borders and fixes our broken immigration system, we have to put partisan differences aside and work together," said Heitkamp. "North Dakota and Arizona lay on different borders, but Senator Flake and I share the desire to strengthen border security while also protecting those who were brought to this country through no fault of their own. While this is not the permanent fix, this would allow Congress to continue to work toward a long-term solution for DREAMers."

Source: Press Release on 2018 North Dakota Senatorial campaign Feb 27, 2018

Jeff Flake: Extend DACA for 3 years; $7.6B for 3-year border security

U.S. Sens. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) and Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) today introduced bipartisan legislation that would extend Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program protections for three years and provide $7.6 billion to fully fund the first three years of the administration's border security proposal. With the program deadline fast approaching, this bill will provide a temporary solution for the thousands of DACA recipients facing potential deportation.

"I'll be the first to admit this 'three-for-three' approach is far from a perfect solution, but it would provide a temporary fix by beginning the process of improving border security and ensuring DACA recipients will not face potential deportation," said Flake. "The Senate may not have been able to deliver a permanent solution to these problems, but we cannot abdicate the responsibility of Congress to solve them. There are many people whose lives and well-being depend on our ability to deliver meaningful results."

Source: Press Release on 2018 North Dakota Senatorial campaign Feb 27, 2018

Thomas Campbell: Build the wall, not sanctuary cities

Like President Trump, Tom knows you can't have a country if you don't have borders. He supports building the wall to crack down on illegal immigrants and believes sanctuary cities should be held accountable for breaking the law.
Source: 2018 North Dakota Senatorial website TomForNorthDakota.com Nov 7, 2017

Dustin Peyer: Earned amnesty for undocumented immigrants

Source: 2018 North Dakota Senatorial website PeyerForSenate.org Oct 1, 2017

Thomas Campbell: Sanctuary cities break the law

Tom knows you can't have a country if you don't have borders. He supports building the wall to crack down on illegal immigrants and believes sanctuary cities should be held accountable for breaking the law.
Source: 2018 North Dakota Senatorial websiteTomForNorthDakota.com Oct 1, 2017

Eliot Glassheim: Supports comprehensive immigration package

Q: Do you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship?

A: No. I favor a comprehensive immigration package.

Source: VoteSmart 2016 North Dakota Political Courage Test Aug 8, 2016

Marvin Nelson: Refugees stimulate the economy but face hate in the US

When we do studies on the economy in the area where these refugees come, they stimulate the economy. They're good for the economy long term and it's not that long of a term. We don't sit there and there's people again who think we're just pouring money into these people and we're not doing that. They're out there very hard workers. One of the really sad things is with all the hate that's going on. They only came here from a war zone being threatened and now there's people attacking them and these people are starting to fear for their lives again here in the US and somebody's going to attack them somebody's going to shoot them somebody's going to do this and what they've been through this is a real horrific thing for them to experience. We need to stop that. We're supposed to be a beacon of freedom and hope.
Source: Chamber Six Media on 2016 North Dakota governor race Jul 13, 2016

Marvin Nelson: Refugees stimulate the economy & face all the hate in the US

When we do studies on the economy in the area where these refugees come, they stimulate the economy. They're good for the economy long term and it's not that long of a term. We don't sit there and there's people again who think we're just pouring money into these people and we're not doing that. They're out there very hard workers. One of the really sad things is with all the hate that's going on. They only came here from a war zone being threatened and now there's people attacking them and these people are starting to fear for their lives again here in the US and somebody's going to attack them somebody's going to shoot them somebody's going to do this and what they've been through this is a real horrific thing for them to experience. We need to stop that. We're supposed to be a beacon of freedom and hope.
Source: Chamber Six Media on 2016 North Dakota governor race Jul 13, 2016

Doug Burgum: Consider filing a lawsuit over refugee resettlement

Burgum said, "when North Dakota withdrew from the federal refugee resettlement program, the Federal Government, with questionable authority to do so, selected the non-profit Lutheran Social Services to oversee the refugee program in North Dakota. While I have tremendous compassion for these refugees, this action amounts to federal overreach. Filing a lawsuit against the federal government shouldn't be taken lightly, but it is certainly an option that deserves consideration and debate."
Source: Breitbart.com on 2016 North Dakota gubernatorial race May 5, 2016

Kevin Cramer: Harder for illegals to get benefits & become citizens

Q: Do you support allowing illegal immigrants, who were brought to the United States as minors, to pursue citizenship without returning to their country of origin?

A: No.

Q: Do you support the enforcement of federal immigration law by state and local police?

A: Yes. It should not be easier for someone in the country illegally to acquire benefits than it is for an immigrant here legally to become a citizen.

Source: North Dakota Congressional 2012 Political Courage Test Oct 30, 2012

Tracy Potter: Increase visa caps to meet labor shortages

Sen. Potter supported the following resolution:
Source: 2009 North Dakota legislative voting records: SCR 4003 Apr 22, 2009

John Hoeven: State & locals cops should enforce federal immigration laws

Source: Gubernatorial North Dakota 2008 Political Courage Test Nov 1, 2008

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