What Some Republicans Are Saying About Immigration Reform

What Republicans Are Saying About Immigration Reform

» “Immigration is an important part of our country’s success and if policies are reformed, can be part of restoring and sustaining our greatness as a nation.”  – Former Governor of Florida Jeb Bush, 9/13/12
» “This country needs comprehensive immigration reform. I don’t care whether it is the person who will crawl across the desert to make five dollars… or Sergey Brin, who comes here from Russia and founds Google. At both ends of the spectrum, America has always been able to attract the most ambitious people.”  – Former U.S. Sectretary of State Condoleeza Rice, 2009
» “For too long, both parties have used immigration as a  political wedge issue….  But the time has  come to find a bipartisan solution.”  – U.S.  Representative Mario Diaz-Balart, 12/17/12
» “I am still convinced  that the overwhelming majority of our people just want what my parents had – a  chance.”  – U.S. Senator Marco Rubio,  12/5/12
» “Immigrants come with new skills and new ideas.  They fill a critical part in our labor  market.  They work hard for a better  life.”  – President George W. Bush,  12/4/12
» “[Immigration] is a time-sensitive issue….  They (the young immigrants) want to go to  college and be a part of our system.”  – Former  U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchinson, 11/27/12
» “The election gave the Republican Party a wake-up call to  the issue’s importance to Hispanic voters…. Both sides used immigration reform  as a political football.  I think they’ve  realized the time has come to set the football down and actually work toward a  solution.”  – Former Chairman of the  Republican National Hispanic Assembly Danny Vargas, 11/26/12
» “Republicans should approach it as the party of Reagan and  Bush – the party that has historically been pro-immigration.”  – Americans for Tax Reform President Grover  Norquist, 11/9/12
» “There’s a bipartisan majority that realizes we have a  problem on immigration.  We have an  immigration system that’s broken.  And we  can figure out how to do it by working together.”  – U.S. Representative Raul Labrador, 11/8/12
» “[The issue of immigration] has been around far too long…. A  comprehensive approach is long overdue.”   – Speaker of the House John Boehner, 11/8/12
» “Immigration has become a wedge issue and a litmus test, a  litmus test of respect and caring.  So we  need to get immigration reform done to finally get rid of that wedge issue  that’s been afflicting our party for 10 or 15 years.”  – American Conservative Union Chairman Al  Cardenas, 11/8/12
» “We are a nation of immigrants, but we are also a nation of  laws.”  – Governor of New Mexico Susana  Martinez, 7/31/12
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