State of Arkansas Archives: on Immigration

Sarah Huckabee Sanders: Some immigrants are worse than animals

Sarah Huckabee Sanders' political ambitions for the candidacy for governor of Arkansas have been obvious ever since she departed as former President Donald Trump's press secretary, telling The New York Times in a 2019 interview that she felt "called" to serve as senator or governor.

She was known for her blunt answers ("frankly I don't think ['animals'] was strong enough," she told the press when asked about Trump's use of the dehumanizing word to describe "some immigrants"), her defenses of the indefensible (calling it "very Biblical" to separate migrant families at the border).

Source: The Week newsmagazine on 2022 Arkansas gubernatorial race Jan 26, 2021

Sarah Huckabee Sanders: Pledges to defund sanctuary cities, already done in 2019

Sanders came under attack from [Lt. Gov. Tim] Griffin, who criticized her campaign video pledge to "prohibit sanctuary cities and cut off funding for cities that deliberately violate immigration laws." Griffin noted that [Gov. Asa] Hutchinson in 2019 had already signed into law a measure cutting off state funding to so-called "sanctuary cities" that do not cooperate with federal immigration enforcement authorities.
Source: e-zine on 2022 Arkansas gubernatorial race Jan 25, 2021

Dan Whitfield: End migrant child detention facilities: use foster care

The migrant child detention facilities are costing taxpayers $22,000/month in order to incarcerate innocent children in conditions that doctors have deemed "torture conditions." Children belong in homes, not concentration camps. I propose we offer loving American families $2,000/month to house a child. This would be like foster care but would be a limited amount of time while the child's parents are undergoing the immigration process.
Source: 2020 Arkansas Senate campaign website Jun 8, 2020

Mark West: Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens

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

A: Support

Source: OnTheIssues interview of 2018 Arkansas governor candidate Apr 28, 2018

Jared Henderson: We can learn and grow by listening to the immigrants stories

Henderson said Saturday's event taught just as much -- if not more -- than any day on the campaign trail. "It just really opened our eyes to the reality that our immigrant population makes us stronger as a country," he said. "We are at our strongest when we celebrate diversity and we really promote inclusiveness, and that starts with understanding the real stories of our fellow citizens. It just deepens my convictions to fight for those things."
Source: Democrat-Gazette on 2018 Arkansas Gubernatorial race Apr 15, 2018

Conner Eldridge: Pathway to legal status but no amnesty

Conner's plan for comprehensive immigration reform: We have a proud legacy of welcoming people who seek the American Dream. However, we must fix our broken immigration system, take immediate action to secure our borders and pass comprehensive immigration reform legislation.
Source: 2016 Senate campaign website, Aug 31, 2016

Curtis Coleman: 100% opposed to amnesty in any form or by any mechanism

I am 100% opposed to amnesty. I will not vote for any piece of legislation that grants amnesty, or ones that fund amnesty in any form or by any mechanism. We must secure our border first, above all else.
Source: 2016 Arkansas Senate campaign website, Nov 11, 2015

Bruce Westerman: Control the borders, then implement guest worker program

Subsequent to establishing and maintaining operational control of the border, Congress should look at any reforms through a careful, step-by-step, process that establishes benchmarks to be met before the next step is taken, encourages lawful immigration, prevents illegal immigration, and does not include amnesty.
Source: 2014 Arkansas House campaign website, Oct 10, 2014

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2020 Presidential contenders on Immigration:
  Democrats running for President:
Sen.Michael Bennet (D-CO)
V.P.Joe Biden (D-DE)
Mayor Mike Bloomberg (I-NYC)
Gov.Steve Bullock (D-MT)
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)
Rep.Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI)
Sen.Amy Klobuchar (D-MN)
Gov.Deval Patrick (D-MA)
Sen.Bernie Sanders (I-VT)
CEO Tom Steyer (D-CA)
Sen.Elizabeth Warren (D-MA)
Marianne Williamson (D-CA)
CEO Andrew Yang (D-NY)

2020 Third Party Candidates:
Rep.Justin Amash (L-MI)
CEO Don Blankenship (C-WV)
Gov.Lincoln Chafee (L-RI)
Howie Hawkins (G-NY)
Gov.Gary Johnson(L-NM)
Howard Schultz(I-WA)
Gov.Jesse Ventura (I-MN)
Republicans running for President:
Sen.Ted Cruz(R-TX)
Gov.Larry Hogan (R-MD)
Gov.John Kasich(R-OH)
V.P.Mike Pence(R-IN)
Gov.Mark Sanford (R-SC)
Pres.Donald Trump(R-NY)
Rep.Joe Walsh (R-IL)
Gov.Bill Weld(R-MA & L-NY)

2020 Withdrawn Democratic Candidates:
Sen.Stacey Abrams (D-GA)
Mayor Bill de Blasio (D-NYC)
Sen.Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY)
Sen.Mike Gravel (D-AK)
Sen.Kamala Harris (D-CA)
Gov.John Hickenlooper (D-CO)
Gov.Jay Inslee (D-WA)
Mayor Wayne Messam (D-FL)
Rep.Seth Moulton (D-MA)
Rep.Beto O`Rourke (D-TX)
Rep.Tim Ryan (D-CA)
Adm.Joe Sestak (D-PA)
Rep.Eric Swalwell (D-CA)
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