Statements about Immigration
Proposed immigration legislation would give new immigrants "a taxpayer-funded cellular phone."
The immigration proposal from the Gang of Eight "is not amnesty."
College students "who are NOT U.S. Citizens and who get the PELL Grant" plan to return to their home countries after getting free gas cards and child care.
"Nearly 65 percent -- almost two-thirds -- of all new permanent residents obtained that status by virtue of their family status."
Says Jeb Bush "flip-flop-flip(ped) on immigration."
"Agriculture has always required a significant workforce from abroad."
The United States does "not have a system through which growers and dairies can bring a workforce legally into the U.S."
Says his administration has made "progress" on border enforcement by "putting more boots on the southern border than at any time in our history and reducing illegal crossings to their lowest levels in 40 years."
"With the exception of slavery and the Chinese Exclusion Act, our laws have never barred persons from becoming citizens."
Says that 9 million to 50 million undocumented immigrants live in the United States.
Research shows that "a vast majority of arriving immigrants today come here because they believe that government is the source of prosperity, and that's what they support."
The United States has "an immigration system where only 6.5 percent of people who come here, come here based on labor and skill."
"In the last 15 years, we've witnessed a dramatic expansion in the jailing of immigrants, from about 70,000 people detained annually to about 400,000."
Says Texas passed a state ‘Dream Act’ before any other state.
Says his administration put more border patrol agents on the U.S.-Mexico border than at "any time in history, and the flow of undocumented workers across the border is actually lower than it's been in 40 years."
Says Mitt Romney "called the Arizona law a model for the nation."
Says Obama broke his promise to offer a comprehensive immigration bill in his first year.
"Congressman Cicilline, when he was the mayor of Providence, espoused a sanctuary city."
Says the "number-one source" of illegal immigration "is people legally coming to the United States on a tourist visa or a student visa and then disappearing into the population and never being heard from again."
"If you look at the number of illegal immigrants coming into the country, it is net zero. It's been that way now for almost two years."
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