Sarah Palin on Immigration

Last Updated : Dec 14, 2010

Summary

During the 2008 Presidential election, Governor Palin was interviewed on the spanish language channel Univision. She was asked during that interview if she supported amnesty, and if she supported a "pathway to citizenship." She replied that while she did not support a blanket amnesty, she would support amnesty if it was labeled a "pathway to citizenship."

In June of 2009, Governor Palin appeared on the O'Reilly Factor and discussed immigration. She stated that she would support placing however many troops were necessary on the border to secure it. She opposed giving a "free pass" to anyone here illegally and stated that once the border was secure, all remaining illegal aliens would have to register with the federal government. She then stated that while she believed American jobs should go to Americans first, she would allow illegal aliens to remain in the country and work under a green card status. 

In July of 2009, Governor Palin stated that she opposed the issuance of driver's licenses for illegal aliens.

In April and May of 2010, Governor Palin spoke numerous times about her support for the Arizona immigration law and the right of Arizona to enforce valid US laws when the federal government choses not to do so. She spoke often about her desire to see the border secured, and stated that Arizona was "sending a wake-up call" to the federal government.

 

Support for "Pathway to Citizenship"

In October of 2008, Governor Palin was interviewed by the spanish language channel Univision as part of the 2008 Presidential elections. In that interview, she stated that she would not support blanket amnesty, but that she would support amnesty if it was called a "pathway to citizenship."

 

Securing the Border

In June of 2009, Governor Palin appeared on the O'Reilly Factor to speak about immigration policy. In that interview, Governor Palin was mixed in her tenacity towards illegal immigrants. She stated that she would place whatever number of national guardsmen was necessary on the border to secure it. Governor Palin also stated that the people already in the country should not be given a "free pass," but that they should be forced to register with the federal government and possibly obtain green cards. She then asserted that jobs in the US should go to US citizens first, but that illegal immigrants could stay in the US if they worked and contributed.

 

Driver's Licenses for Illegal Aliens

In July of 2009, Governor Palin tweeted that she supported legislation which had been introduced in the Alaskan Legislature to ensure that those who were in the country illegally were not allowed to legally drive in the country.

 

Support for Arizona Law

In April of 2010, Governor Palin appeared on the Hannity Show and spoke about the Arizona law allowing state law officers to enforce valid US immigration laws. She vocalized her support for the law and stated that the Governor of Arizona was "sending a wake-up call" to the federal government. She was critical of the political motivations of news organizations that stated the law was racist and unfair to illegal aliens. She also spoke about President Obama's lack of continuity in carrying out the duties of the federal government.

In May of 2010, Governor Palin spoke in Phoenix, Arizona about the immigration law. She again asserted that it was time that the US government enforce valid US immigration laws.

Governor Palin's support for securing the border grew as the controversy over the border grew. In May of 2010, Governor Palin issued a facebook statement declaring that the President do his job and secure the border.

 

References

[1] Website: Univision Article: Interview with Sarah Palin Author: Univision Online Accessed on: 11/16/2010

[2] Website: Conservatives for Sarah Palin Article: Palin Tweets on Driver's Licenses for Illegal Immigrants Author: Tim Lindell Accessed on: 11/19/2010

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