Rick Santorum on Immigration

Last Updated : Jan 04, 2012


Senator Santorum has been a consistent supporter of US immigration laws. He opposes benefits for illegal aliens, comprehensive immigration reform, and supports a border fence and making english the national language. However, he has hinted at providing some method of "dealing with" those already in the US.

In a losing 2006 re-election campaign, Senator Santorum promoted his support of border security and touted his opponent's views as amnesty. Senator Santorum opposed the 2006 attempt to achieve comprehensive immigration reform and cited that position often in the election cycle. Senator Santorum also cited his opposition to plans to grant social security and other benefits to illegal aliens who have lived in the US throughout the election.

In the 2012 Presidential election, Senator Santorum has expressed support for a border fence, and english as the national language. He was also critical of discussion hinting at granting amnesty to illegal aliens in exchange for border security in the future. However, when directly asked what he would do with the illegal aliens already in the US, Senator Santorum stated that we would have to "deal with" those people seperately.


Campaign Ad

In June of 2006, Senator Santorum ran a campaign ad opposing Robert Casey, his Democrat opponent. The ad claimed that Robert Casey was in favor of amnesty for illegal immigrants.


Hannity and Colmes Appearance

On September 20, 2006 Senator Santorum appeared on Hannity and Colmes to discuss the Secure Fence Act of 2006. He touts the differences on immigration between him and his opponent. He states that his opponent supports benefits for illegal aliens that forge documents. He states that we don't have to give citizenship to illegal aliens to have a valid immigration program.



2006 Senate Debate

In September 2006, Senator Santorum participated in a debate with Robert Casey for the Senate race. He spoke about the differences between him and the other candidate, and his vote against amnesty through a comprehensive immigration bill. He also notes his opponents support for social security benefits for illegal aliens and his opposition to it.


South Carolina Debate

In May of 2011, Senator Santorum participated in the Republican Primary in South Carolina. He is asked about getting the support of hispanic voters. He answers by stating his support for english as the national language and legal versus illegal immigration. He also notes that there was a year with full Democratic control of the House, Senate, and Presidency and failed to even vote on an immigration deal.


New Hampshire Debate

In June of 2011, Senator Santorum participated in the Republican debate in New Hampshire. He was asked about stopping illegal aliens from receiving benefits and responded that he agreed that illegal aliens should not be entitled to such benefits. He states that there should be no mandate on states to provide benefits to illegal aliens.


Iowa Campaign Event

At a campaign event in Iowa, Senator Santorum discussed President Obama's recent statements on immigration. He criticizes President Obama's recent statements that the border is secure and states that as President, he would not act on immigration reform until the southern border is secure.


Reagan Debate

In September of 2011, Senator Santorum participated in the Republican debate at the Reagan library. He discusses his plan for immigration if elected.


TEA Party Debate

In September of 2011, Senator Santorum participated in the TEA party debate in Tamp Bay, Florida. He was asked about the his immigration policy and states that he opposes amnesty and forcing people to leave..


Fox News / Google Debate

On September of 2011, Senator Santorum participated in the Fox News / Google debate. He agrees that Governor Perry is soft on illegal immigration and states that granting in-state tuition to illegal aliens should be stopped.


Conversation with the Candidate

In December of 2011, Senator Santorum was interviewed on the PBS Show "Conversation with the Candidates." He was asked about immigration and states that the US must be a nation of laws and we cannot grant amnesty to those already in the country while telling those who are coming here legally that they will get lesser treatment.

Voting Record

The Secure Fence Act

The Secure Fence Act passed the Senate in 2006, and required the director of homeland security to take operational control over certain areas along the border in an effort to cut down on both violence and illegal immigration. The enjoyed broad support and passed the Senate in an 80-19 vote. Rick Santorum voted in favor of the Secure Fence Act.

Rick Santorum voted in favor of the Secure Fence Act.

Immigration Reform Act of 2006

In 2006, the Senate attempted to pass an immigration reform bill. S 2611 passed the Senate in a 62-36 vote with the support of about 40% of the Republicans and all but 4 Democrats. Rick Santorum voted against the Immigration Reform Act of 2006.

Rick Santorum voted against the Immigration Reform Act of 2006.


Sponsored and Cosponsored Legislation

Session-105; Bill Number-S 1563; Temporary Agricultural Worker Act of 1997 - Cosponsor

Amends the Immigration and Nationality Act to establish: (1) an alternative temporary agricultural worker process pilot program based upon a labor condition attestation filed by an employer and accepted by the appropriate State agency; and (2) a nonimmigrant visa category for such aliens. Sets forth program provisions.

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