State of Missouri Archives: on Immigration
Problem is welfare state incentive, not immigration
If we have a problem, the problem is the welfare state. Certainly, my ancestors were immigrants. They came through Ellis Island, which actually was a very strenuous test. They had to go through a strict security check, a strict disease check,
and then they could be admitted. At the moment, what's happening is the incentives are such that we are incentivizing illegal immigration. We need to disincentivize it. We need to incentivize people to obey the law.
Source: Merion West interview on 2018 Missouri Senatorial race
Nov 17, 2017
Gave examples of Muslim immigration that has been positive
Two members of the audience expressed the view that the Koran teaches that all lax Muslims and non-Muslims are heretics and unbelievers that should be put to death.
Instead of endorsing a ban on admitting Muslims, the candidate gave examples of Muslim immigration that has been positive. "In the aftermath of the war in Bosnia,
I participated in relief efforts over there and got to know Muslims and Christians," began Greitens. "Which leads me to ask this question. Outside of Bosnia, where is the greatest concentration of Bosnians? Answer, south St. Louis.
Some are Christian and some practice Islam." "Some 70,000 Bosnian refugees came and they have revitalized parts of south St. Louis city and county bringing an entrepreneurial spirit that creates jobs," explained Greitens.
Source: Nevada Daily Mail on 2016 Missouri governor race
Jul 20, 2016
Supports immigration with more extensive background checks
Q: Your comments on the statement, "Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens"?
A: Legal immigration with more in-depth and extensive background checks will make the process safer. ˙Our nation is founded on immigrants.˙
I believe that the US Government should have stronger laws to bring people into citizenship.˙ We need to stop illegal drug activity from entering through our borders.
Source: Email interview on 2016 Missouri candidacy by OnTheIssues
Apr 25, 2016
Work against improper enforcement of our immigration laws.
As U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Missouri, I prosecuted hundreds of illegal immigration cases, and as a result I know all too much about the dangers present in improper enforcement of our nation's immigration laws.
With as many as 65,000 illegal immigrants residing in Missouri, the time to take action to protect our communities is now. As Governor, I will work to bolster Missouri's protections against illegal immigration. Action Plan:
Source: 2016 HanawayForGovernor.com Missouri campaign website
Feb 2, 2016
Require employers to verify the legal status of their employees through E-Verify, a free system run by the Department of Homeland Security;
- Require law enforcement officers to verify the legal status of those criminally detained
or arrested who they suspect are in the country illegally;
- End state cooperation with the resettlement of refugees from hostile regions like Syria until a better screening process is in place.
Ask to halt immigration of Syrians to Missouri
Kinder delivered a letter to Governor Jay Nixon urging him to refuse to accept any Syrian refugees in Missouri until the federal government can ensure a proper vetting procedure is in place. In the letter, Kinder said the state must be certain that
terrorists aren't "coming to Missouri masquerading as refugees."
"I respectfully ask that you direct all the appropriate state agencies to suspend the resettlement of Syrian refugees in Missouri until those assurances are satisfied."
Source: LtGov.mo.gov on 2016 Missouri gubernatorial race
Nov 16, 2015
Agree with Obama immigration plan, but not executive action
Kander recently voiced support for elements of President Obama's executive amnesty program and has been a vocal opponent of immigration enforcement measures in the past:
Does Kander support sending a message to both sanctuary cities and criminals by limiting federal funding to local governments who refuse to comply
with federal law and increasing criminal penalties on repeat offenders? Or will he stand with his party leaders in Washington who insist on doing nothing to address this ongoing public safety issue?
Source: NRSC press release on 2016 Missouri Senate race
Oct 20, 2015
Kander said he agreed with some of [Obama's] proposed immigration changes, but he objected to using the executive-order route when it appeared Congress is deadlocked on the matter.
Kander criticized a congressional Republican immigration reform plan as `right-wing wall building.`
Illegal immigrants receiving benefits is unacceptable
The recent announcement that DHS will stop deporting and begin giving work permits to illegal immigrants who came to the US as children has again sparked a larger debate about immigration.
The idea of illegal immigrants receiving federal benefits like
food stamps or Social Security is unacceptable to most Americans. We welcome legal immigrants who can contribute to these programs and in turn can receive benefits. But if you have not paid into the programs, and you are not legally in this country, you
should not be allowed to receive benefits.
Not surprisingly, it is illegal already for illegal immigrants to receive federal benefits. Since the rule of law is under assault by the Obama administration, particularly when it comes to immigration, it is
unlikely DHS would even start checking immigration status on their own initiative. That is why I recently introduced the VERIFI Act, which would require an individual's immigration status to be checked before receiving any benefits.
Source: Todd Akin in Kansas City Star; 2012 Missouri Senate debate
Jun 26, 2012
Citizenship for veterans; but not for college grads
On immigration policy, Steelman and Akin both said they didn't support a proposal to allow citizenship for people who served in the US military or earned a college diploma.
Brunner said he would support allowing citizenship for immigrants who serve in the US military because of their service. But for immigrants who only get a college degree "they need to go follow the laws and get to the back of the line."
Source: Columbia Daily Tribune on 2012 Missouri Senate debate
Apr 22, 2012
Take away all the incentives that are attracting illegals
On immigration policy, Steelman and Akin both said they didn't support a proposal to allow citizenship for people who served in the US military or earned a college diploma. "I believe we've got to take away all the incentives that are attracting the
illegals to begin with," Steelman said.
Brunner said he would support allowing citizenship for immigrants who serve in the US military because of their service. But for immigrants who only get a college degree "they need to go to the back of the line."
Source: Columbia Daily Tribune on 2012 Missouri Senate debate
Apr 22, 2012
Strengthen laws against hiring illegal aliens
"States all over the country are experiencing an increase in the number of illegals looking for work or sanctuary," Koster said in a statement. "One of the ways
Missouri and other states have addressed the problem is to enact laws prohibiting employers from hiring illegal aliens. These laws are important to protecting our citizens, and they serve as a complement to existing federal laws."
Source: Ozarks First on 2016 Missouri Gubernatorial race
Nov 4, 2010