Mitt Romney:“The answer [to the immigration problem] is self-deportation, which is people decide they can do better by going home because they can’t find work here because they don't have legaldocumentation to allow them to work here,” Romney said. “We’re not going to round them up.” Newt Gingrich:“We must reconcile the goal of legality with the reality that there are millions of immigrantscurrently here outside the law, some with a long set of family and community ties, and some withno ties. A system has to be established that establishes legality but no citizenship for those withdeep ties, repatriates those with no family or community ties in a dignified way, and quickly sendshome those who have committed criminal and other destructive acts.”
"We are not going to deport 11 million people. There has to be some zone between deportation andamnesty… Let's find someone who actually knows what they're doing… It should be possible for any employer, anyone in the United States, as fast as you swipe your ATM card to get cash, to swipea card to know whether or not they're able to hire you.”
Rick Santorum:“We should not be offering to people-- particularly those who broke the law to come here or overstayed their visa--we should not be offering government benefits.”
Ron Paul:“I don't think [a 700-mile fence between the American border and Mexico] can solve [theimmigration] problem. I find it rather offensive.”
“If our economy was in good health, I don’t think there’d be an immigration problem. We’d belooking for workers and we would be very generous.”
Congressman Paul advocates ending birthright citizenship as a deterrent to further illegalimmigration.
"Don't raise hell about the gays, the blacks, and the Mexicans."
The following quotes are from a statement Senator Goldwater gave on immigration in 1978 (see
"It is the government, not the employer, who should bear the main responsibility of determiningwho is here legally and who is not.""I am the cosponsor of legislation that would establish a temporary worker program under whichMexican nationals could enter the United States. This type of program could be extended to other primary sending countries of illegal aliens. It addresses labor market needs and needs for seasonal