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Candidate Positions on Immigration

The following positions reflect those used for each candidate in the Select A Candidate survey. They come from the candidates; public statements, Web sites, and responses to Minnesota Public Radio questionnaires. In some cases, candidiates have failed to respond to inquiries, and their position is noted as "No known opinion."

Question: What is your position on immigration in the United States?
Bob BarrBob Barr ANSWER OPTION: Secure the border
CANDIDATE'S POSITION: Barr favors securing the boarder, but has no stated position on illegal immigrants currently in the United States. "Our borders are currently neither open, closed, nor secure. This situation restricts the labor pool, encouraging employers to hire undocumented workers, while leaving those workers neither subject to nor protected by the law. A completely open border allows foreign criminals, carriers of communicable diseases, terrorists and other potential threats to enter the country unchecked." (More Info)

John McCainJohn McCain ANSWER OPTION: I favor a guest worker program, while tightening border security.
CANDIDATE'S POSITION: " Only after specific enforcement and security triggers are met will the temporary guest worker provisions and the legalization program for the undocumented included in the bill take effect," McCain writes on his Web site. (More Info)

Ralph NaderRalph Nader ANSWER OPTION: No open border or criminalized border, allow guest workers with labor standards, and address immigration as an issue of worldwide economic justice.
CANDIDATE'S POSITION: According to a questionanaire, Nader says "We need to address economic justice in the US and the world and recognize the basic human rights of all people. The long term solution to immigration is to redusce the rich poor divide between the United States and other nations peacefully supporting democratic movement. (More Info)

Barack ObamaBarack Obama ANSWER OPTION: I favor a guest worker program, while tightening border security.
CANDIDATE'S POSITION: On June 7, 2007, Obama was among the senators voting in favor of a cloture motion that would have cut off debate on a measure to provide a guest worker program, and advance the measure. (More Info)